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I managed to get an invite to dota 2 on steam and everything downloaded successfully. But now when I start it up and enter a game, I get kicked out while waiting for the match to start. I just have a connection error (starts to count down). It's odd because it happens within the same 30 seconds every time so it can't just be a fluctuation in my internet.

Anyone else have this sort of trouble? I've heard it can be from steam but i don't know how to fix it

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check your firewall, see if DOTA2 is on the allowed list? – l I Jul 30 '12 at 22:09
yeah it is, that didn't work – TMP Jul 30 '12 at 22:11
you should activate net_graph to get more information. go to steam and rightclick dota 2-> properties-> start param -> enter -console and start the game. write net_graph 1 into the console. – Wandang Aug 21 '12 at 14:07
correction: you should use net_graph 3 for more details. net_graph 0 can hide it again. – Wandang Aug 21 '12 at 14:38
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I've had this happen to me. After you patch, Dota sometimes fails to recognize that you have the most up-to-date patch. It's frustrating because you don't get an error message that would lead you to this. However, it can be solved.

Simply log out of your game, go to your steam library and right click Dota 2. Select Preferences, and find "Revalidate Game Cache", this will force your game to re-update, and should solve your problem.

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thanks, ill check it when i get off work – TMP Jul 30 '12 at 22:23
No problem, I've had it happen to me a couple times, let me know if it works out! – Recursed Jul 30 '12 at 22:24
oddly enough it started updating when i opened steam up today. we'll see how it goes – TMP Jul 30 '12 at 23:20
shiz it didn't work, still got kicked out and wouldn't let me rejoin the game – TMP Jul 30 '12 at 23:43

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