Problems connecting: If you're having problems connecting Squawkbox or FS2004 to SBRelay, users
have reported various ways of solving the problem:
Error numbers reported by SBRelay: If SBRelay is hanging or reporting long error numbers such as 0x80004000, it's most likely related to DirectPlay (part of DirectX) on your machine. Go to the Windows "Start" button, select "Run", type "dxdiag", and click OK. Verify that you have at least DirectX version 9. Then change to the Network tab and see if any errors are reported in the Notes section at the bottom. Then click the "Test DirectPlay" button to see if things are working ok. Select the TCP/IP service provider, select "Create New Session", and click OK. It should start a session. If that works ok, you can try pressing the "Test DirectPlay" button again, but this time join the session you created in the other window, or better yet, get someone else on the internet to do the same. Many times DirectX errors can be solved by upgrading or reinstalling DirectX (some of the older versions would let you reinstall it -- as of 9.0C, this appears to no longer be possible). You can download the latest version of DirectX for free at www.microsoft.com/directx/
SBRelay hangs: Be sure both the Windows XP firewall (if you have XP) and any other firewalls you have installed are all disabled. Also, try the dxdiag test program mentioned above (in the section "Error numbers reported by SBRelay"), to see if it's a problem specifically in SBRelay, or something in DirectPlay.
Error message: "This beta version has expired." Please download the latest version.
Error message: "Failed Enumerating the Hosts". This error can happen when you haven't first started either the "SB Host.exe" program that comes with Squawkbox, or the "HostSB.dll" module that can be downloaded separately. Be sure you're running one of those programs before you start Squawkbox.exe. See the Readme.txt file for more details.
FS2002 support: SBRelay only relays players from FS2002 to FS2004, so it can't be used as a full server for both versions. However, I have another program called FSHost, which supports both FS2002 and FS2004 in the same session: www.chocolatesoftware.com/fshost/
Squawkbox crashing: Some users have reported that the new Pentium 4 Hyper Threading causes Squawkbox to crash. Apparently disabling this in the BIOS setup solves the problem. For help with getting to the BIOS setup screen in your computer, try here.
Try the online forums: Sometimes the best place to ask for help is in the online forums, where other people might have a similar setup to yours. Try posting to one of these: