My question is very similar another user's on the subject, but it didn't really give me an answer.
I'm new to PuTTy. That being said, I can't figure out why it keeps shutting down on me.
I got the putty.exe file (for WinXP) from the PuTTy download page.
I click on it and get the configuration screen - I specify "gotcha.dreamhost.com," which brings up the terminal screen and a login prompt. I use the main ftp login and password from my account, there is a flash of scrolling, and then the PuTTy window closes down.
It took me several tries with a screen capture, but I finally was able to see that it was, indeed, the gotcha screen (nice ASCII art) with my last login information and a friendly warning from Dreamhost not to do anything illegal.
What the heck is going on?! I know I'll feel like an even bigger dope than I already do when the answer is really simple, but it's really starting to frustrate me.