Solve Your Dpserial.dll Problems
Microsoft DirectPlay is a networking API intended for computer game development that provides networking services at the transport protocol and session protocol levels. Its API is media independent and can be executed on TCP/IP or IPX networks or via modems and serial cables.
The dpserial.dll module is the Microsoft DirectPlay Modem Service Provider that allows you two options in order to use DirectPlay sessions via your modem connection or via serial cable connection.
The first option is to use the dpserial.dll application via modem link. This module provides the functions that let you directly play against another player through the use of your modem. It is not for Internet games that use the modem to dial an ISP it lets you directly call another player over the modem to play a game.
The second option lets you play a two-player game by using the dpserial.dll module in which both computers are connected directly to each other via a null-modem cable attached to each other’s serial port.
After choosing a DirectPlay serial game a screen appears letting you set up your COM port or use the default settings which are 38400 baud, COM1 and 1 stop bit, no parity and RTS/DTR flow control. Both computers must be set to the same settings as well as the COM port to whichever COM port you have plugged the null modem cable into on each computer.
One of the players should click the “Start A New Game” and wait for “Starting A Multiplayer Game” dialog to appear. After that player is already in the game the second player should click “Look For Games” and connect to the screen that will appear.
If the game is slow increasing the baud speed with the dpserial.dll file can make things faster. Make sure that the correct COM port is selected and that the null modem cable is not a straight through serial cable.
Dpserial.dll is created by:
Microsoft Support Site
Known file path:
C:\ Windows\ system32\ dpserial.dll
What is a DLL?
Your operating system comes pre-installed with Microsoft DLL’s and most third party programs also install DLL’s.
DLL (Dynamic Link Library) is Microsoft’s implementation of the shared library concept. Meaning there’s a DLL library on your computer and each DLL can be shared among different Microsoft and third party programs. This shared library method helps your computer run faster by having fewer operations running at the same time.
When a DLL is missing or corrupt it may show an error message and programs may fail or crash.
Because DLL’s are shared, one missing or corrupt DLL may affect multiple programs on your computer.
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