I am posting here because I am having the same issue as Noxincendium, yakuru, and One Time Poster. I also know that at least one other person at the LAN party I was playing at had the same issue (we resorted to playing on other people's PCs, and for now my copy of FL is basically singleplayer-only!).
Yes, we were just playing on a LAN. My PC can see LAN/Internet servers fine; it can enter the game if I'm docked just fine. This isn't the same firewall issue since the server lists populate OK. Besides, I run WinXP SP1, so there's no way Windows Firewall is getting in the way. I do have an NVIDIA firewall (network card is integrated into the nForce chipset), but I swear I have tried all possible exceptions (allowing Freelancer.exe full access, outbound traffic [all protocols to port 2303, etc.). In fact, while I was on the LAN I had the firewall completely disabled, so the issue really makes no sense.
My DirectX install seems to be fine, but I am going to double-check it next. I'm in a position to reinstall Windows easily, so if nothing else works I'll back up the files I want to keep and start fresh.
I'll post here if I find something that works for me. The guys at my LAN party seemed to think they ran across the solution to this problem at some point, but of course they couldn't remember what it was
Perhaps they'll come up with it, or perhaps they don't know what they're talking about! I mean, if the problem were resolved, I bet the fix would be published all over this site. So...
Or maybe someone here _can_ help after all. While it's possible this is a new problem as suggested, it would be really strange to me if it's cropping up everywhere 'all of the sudden'. I would think someone else has experienced this before. But even if someone has, I guess the odds are low that they'll see these posts =(
When I reload Windows though (because I'm betting I'll have to at this point), I will try Freelancer relatively soon after getting back into the OS, before I apply a bunch of recent patches, etc. in case it's a resent piece of software that started this compatibility problem.
AMD Athlon FX-55
2x GeForce 6800 GTS
2x WD Raptor 72GB drives
No other known issues at this time.
Text of related posts below, to have it all in one spot.
"Ok I have a connection issues but not due to firewall issues. I'm connected through a router and for some reason when I log onto a server I instantly get a network connection warning (flashing red network symbol comes up) and then I get disconnected from the server. This happens on any server I try to play on, and it only happens on this game and no others....I've even tried DMZ host and nothing seems to let me stay connected"
"i have the same pb right now, i reinstall the game to play with friends but when i connect on a server, same thing, red computers appear and after 20 sec i'm disconnected.....and when my friends comme too on my server i just create (i opened ports), same, disconnected, but them they can play on others servers, no pbs.
I just have a modem with router incorporate so i dont understand what to do....can somebody can help me ?"
One Time Poster:
"I am having the same problem as the above poster and the other person.
I have no firewalls on my computer, but I am behind a router. I have opened the specified UDP ports on my router's firewall and it still doesn't work.
To clarify: I can see a list of servers. Whenever I go into a server, I can chat on a planet forever. However, as soon as I try to fly in space, the game gives me a connection problem after about 5-10 seconds. I am running an Athlon 64 with SLI Video card so it can't be that the computer isn't powerful enough. The offline game runs fine. It is only multiplayer that gives me the problem.
This is an extremely frustrating problem. There doesn't seem to be many help on this topic anywhere. Microsoft's tech support is a joke and there doesn't seem to be many active forums for this game anymore.
If anyone can help, please do. This seems to be a new problem that some people are getting."