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Star Wars Empire at War LAN game fix Apps
After about 30 minutes of frustration in trying to get Empire at War to host a game on my LAN, including patching both machines to the latest version, I finally figured out the cause of the problem. For me, it was the Parallels en2 and en3 network drivers. Empire at War was defaulting to the last active ethernet driver that had an address, and it happened to be en3 (with the fake Parallels address).

The fix is simple: To play the game, disable en2 and en3 and enable when finished. You can do so in Terminal with these commands:
# To disable:
$ sudo ifconfig en2 down
$ sudo ifconfig en3 down

# To enable:
$ sudo ifconfig en2 up
$ sudo ifconfig en3 up
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Star Wars Empire at War LAN game fix
Authored by: markuswarren on Aug 01, '07 07:39:58AM

An easier solution could be to go into System Preferences -> Network, then duplicate you existing Location. Rename the duplicate to something else, for example, SW LAN, then from the show pop-up select Network Port Configurations, and simply uncheck the two Parallels items, which, on my system at least, are named:

Parallels Host-Guest
Parallels NAT

When you want to play SW then simply switch to this new location and click Apply. All your other network settings should be the same as before as we duplicated the active location. When you have finished playing, switch back to your normal location.

I don't have SW so can't confirm if this will work, but looking at the output from ipconfig, when the "down" command is issued to the specific interface it's status changes from "active" to "inactive", and the same information is reported if you simply uncheck the item in Network Port Configuration.

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