1. Is this thing really free?
Yes, Kahn is really free now! No catch. Please use it and pass it around as much as you like!
2. How do I play _______ (insert game here)?
Kahn simply makes your computer think that you are on an IPX network with everyone else who is connected to the same game server as you are. This means that any game that is IPX-compatible (DOS or Windows) can be played over Kahn. So, to play the game of your choice, get a friend or friends, make sure you are all connected to the same Kahn server (it doesn't matter which one, as long as you're all on it!), and start your game. Once in the game, have one person create a new multiplayer IPX game. The rest of the players will be able to see that game in the game's lobby or multiplayer game screen and they will be able to join it. Once everyone is joined, start playing! Note: You do not have to launch your game from Kahn chat (like some other programs make you do). You can start it any way you like. For this reason, do not be concerned if Kahn does not detect all of the games on your hard drive, because you can still play them.
3. Every game server I connect to takes me to the
same chat server! What gives?
Every game server in Kahn is linked to the main Kahn IRC server. Anyone using Kahn on any server will end up in the main #kahn chat channel. Before starting a game, please be sure to check with your friends to make sure you are all on the same game server.
4. My friend and I are trying to play but we can't
see each other in the game.
Since Kahn uses IRC for chat, you are not required to use the included chat client, PCON, to chat on Kahn. Just run your favorite IRC client and direct it to connect to kahncentral.net (port 6667), and join the channel #kahn.
Some popular IRC clients are:
Pirch98 (Website is dead :
This can be caused by one of two things. The most common reason for this is that you and your friend on on different Kahn servers. Go back to chat and make sure you're both connected to the same server and try again.
5. Does the game server affect game performance or
lag my game?
If that method fails, and you are running a Windows-based game, you may not have your IPX protocol properly installed. See question #6.
The Kahn game server does not process actual game data during game play. The server is responsible for setting up the game so all players can get connected to one another. Once a game starts, the only player who sends any data to the server is the host or creator of a game. The data that player sends is minimal, and is only used so others on the game server will be able to see that game in progress and be able to join. Some games, for example Warcraft 2, do not have this feature and so the host will not send any data back to the game server during play. During gameplay, all data is sent directly between all players. This is also known as peer-to-peer mode. Note: Some games are inherently client/server based (Quake, Quake2, Descent3 in Client/Server mode, etc.). You can play these over Kahn, but unless the game host/server has a fast internet connection, the gameplay will be poor.
6. My Windows game says it can't find an IPX network
If you have this problem, you simply need to add the IPX protocol to Windows networking. To do this, go to the Windows Control Panel and double-click on Network. Click the Add button, then select Protocol in the next screen. Choose Microsoft from the left list, and then choose IPX/SPX Compatible Protocol from the right list that appears. Click OK several times. You may be asked for your Windows CD to copy some files. You will need to reboot your computer in order for the new protocol to be activated. After rebooting, restart Kahn and your game should be working!
7. Why do I get the message "You have no access
to this server. Sorry."?
This is usually due to one of the following reasons:
8. What does "Unable to create socket" mean?
- You are using a hacked serial number that you did not receive from Stargate Networks. Kahn is now free and you can remove your hacked serial and play normally.
- You are using a duplicate serial number that is already being using on the server.
This is almost always due to an invalid IP address. Kahn attempts to automatically configure the IP address in your system. If you have more than one TCP/IP interface (like a LAN card and a PPP dial up connection), there could actually be two IP address in your system. Additionally, if you have selected "Always use this IP address" and you are connecting to an ISP that provides dynamic IP addresses, then your last IP address will probably be wrong. Windows 95 and 98 ship with a program named WINIPCFG. It is normally found in the C:\WINDOWS directory. After you connect to your ISP, run this program and look at the IP address used for your dial-up connection. Make sure this address is the same as the address that Kahn uses. If not, enter it into the Kahn settings dialog. You may need to then select "Always use this IP address" and then restart Kahn to make the change take effect.
9. What does "Can't connect to selected server"
Kahn tried to connect to the server you selected and failed. This is usually due to one of the following things:
10. How do you use Kahn with AOL? (updated!
- Kahn is configured with an incorrect IP address. (See question #8 above on how to set the correct IP address.)
- The ports Kahn uses (UDP ports 2208, 2209, 2210, and 2224) are blocked by either a firewall or an invalid SLiRP configuration.
- The server you are trying to connect to is down.
You must be using AOL for Windows 95/98 version 3.0 or later. Normally it will work correctly the first time. If it fails for you, then you probably have an incorrect IP address configured in Kahn. Go to Start, Run, and type winipcfg. In the dropdown box, select AOL Adapter. Copy the IP address displayed into the Kahn Settings screen, check "Always use this IP Address", and restart Kahn. You will need to repeat this procedure each time you reconnect to AOL.
11. Kahn's "Search for games" didn't find my game.
What do I do?
The "Search for games" command uses a file called games.txt that tells it what games to look for. Some new games and even some old games that no one has notified us of will not be included in this file. To add your game manually, click the Add button on the Launchpad and enter the title of your game. Then click the Find... button and find the game's EXE file. Kahn will fill in the File name, Program directory, and Icon for your game. Remember to leave "Close chat when playing games" checked to reduce lag. If you feel you know of a game that should be included in Kahn's games.txt file, please let me know! Please include the EXE file name and any program parameters for the game. Sending an icon file is greatly appreciated as well!
12. Does Kahn work on Windows NT or Windows 2000?
Currently Kahn only works on DOS, Windows 95, 98, and Millennium. Windows NT and 2000 do not have support for virtual device drivers (VxD's), which Kahn uses. You will receive a message such as "Unable to open Kahn VxD. This may be due to an older version of Kahn being run..." when you attempt to run Kahn. If or when Kahn works on NT or 2000 we will be sure to let everyone know. Please do not email us asking about support for NT or 2000.
13. Why don't you update Kahn or release the source
Unfortunately, the owner of Kahn has refused to release any source code to the Kahn client to either myself or under an open-source license. I do have the source to PCON, the Kahn server, and the Tracker, but cannot release them since I am not the copyright holder. There have been no updates to PCON because it is a completely optional utility; there are other IRC clients available with many more features, and you are not required to use it to launch games.
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