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If you get a message that says to download bidwhist.jnlp, then you are missing the association necessary between .jnlp files and JavaWebStart. To correct this you will need to manually create the association. While this can happen to anyone it is more common with Windows 2000 machines. Directions can vary slightly depending on your operating system.
If you have confirmed that the first two steps went properly then you should get a login screen when you click on Start Playing. If you do not see this, then mostly likely you did not get past step 2 succesfully.
This can happen after we release a new version of the game. If you have a normal incorrect login/password, you will always get an error message. Some ISP's cache (keep a copy) of our files on their servers and this causes our game to not properly update on your computer. To resolve, reload the file directly from our home page and step 3 at www.bidwhist.com.
This is frequently a problem with your browser's cache. Try clearing your browser's cache. If you have Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP go to Tools > Internet Options > General tab > Delete Files. You can then clear your temporary Internet files. Please close and restart your browser. Other browsers might differ slightly but you want the cache or temporary Internet files. Lastly reload the game file directly from our home page and step 3 at www.bidwhist.com.
Sometimes browsing the web through a proxy, standard for many work environments, can cause this error. If your browser uses a proxy, try either of the following.
1. Turn off the proxy option in your web browser.
2. Install OpenWebStart (OWS). Then open the Open Web Start Settings utility and select Network/ Direct Connection. Be sure to "open with" OWS, avoiding any pre-existing Java Web Start versions, when clicking/opening a JNLP file or link.
3. Keep your existing Java/JavaWebStart installation and select Network Settings/ Direct connection after opening the Java Control Panel (by Oracle).
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