I've been having some huge problems trying to download SP1, Windows Update files, Gamespy Arcade, as well as trying to play games like Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Delta Force 2. I can succesfully download my Window Updates but when it connects to the internet to install the updates, I keep getting messages saying that a connection with the internet could not be established , and I get the same message when trying to download and install my XP SP1. Says that an internet connection could not be made. As for RTCW and DF2, when I go to the multiplayer options and try to select a server to play on, they jsut hang there... I never connect to the server, I cant log on into the game, nothing. In RTCW I cant even get a server listing even when I click the Refresh Servers button. Gamespy Arcade is the same deal. I'll download it, but when it comes to actually entering information about my identity to log on to the program, I get a message saying that I have an 'unstable internet connection' and that 'I may be behind an overly constrictive firewall.' Seeing as how I am a newb at most computer problems, I am in need of help here. I currently have ZoneAlarm installed but it is not running when these instance occur and have the Internet Security Options set to Medium-Low in the Control Panel. My question is how do I get these ports to open, or firewalls to lessen their blockage so that I can get these updates, games, etc. to work/download/installed on my computer? Is there a program or utility out there that can turn off these firewalls or ports or at least let me control how they operate? At the moment I am using a 56k connection and getting 52.0 kb when connected and a Intel(R) PRO/100 Network Connection card.