This post appears to have nothing to do with Dreamhost hosting or ancilliary services. You state your client is running on Win XP and the server is running on Debian. Therefor I see no connection to Dreamhost or it’s associated services.
This forum is for Dreamhost customers to receive general assistance from other customers and sometimes Dreamhost staff. If I’ve missed something please explain, otherwise your post will get far more attention on a community like Stack Exchange’s Superuser Community.