2 pc direct ethernet cable connection

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simoson60

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Have got a notebook and a desktop that are giving me a head ache when i need them to connect to share files ie work.

What i have is on both a built in ethernet or network adaptor and an ethernet cable connecting them both directly.

This i understand is all i need.

Really simple set up.

The desktop however is on 2000 pro os and the laptop is on xp home.

They wont connect and share files. And one asks me to make a floppy disk to configure the network or something which is no good as my laptop only has a cd drive.
errrrr!!

Does anyone have any clue how to connect these 2 computers as i would be of great use. And would be much appreciated.

Any ideas please write to me at.
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is your cable a patch cable or a crossover cable??? i believe you need a crossover cable to make a direct connection that way
 

simoson60

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the cable is a patch cable but i do not see the difference. Can you explain. Thanks for your help
 
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Basically with a patch cable can can send data one direction at a time, whereas the crossover cable can send and receive data simultaneously. A crossover cable is needed when directly connecting one PC to another PC via ethernet cables. For a slightly better view of the difference here is a picture for you.
 

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The easiest way is to just purchase a crossover cable rather than worry about the wires or making one yourself.

The basics for networking are:

1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (e.g. 192.168.0.x).

2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.

3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other firewall.

4. Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

5. Make sure you have the same workgroup name (watch for trailing spaces)

6. For troubleshooting purposes, turn off XP's and any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working. SP2 also solves this problem.

7. With XP and 2000, make sure you have the same username and password as the person logging onto the other computers. The default setting for XP Pro is to require a password for network access.

8. More details about how to network XP can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

9. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networks can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/trouble.htm

There continues to be a lot of misinformation about needing NetBEUI or to changing the NetBIOS setting. You can ignore both. Installing NetBEUI to solve a networking problem will just mask a some underlying and potentially important misconfiguration with TCP/IP. The default NetBIOS setting works fine so there is no need to change that either.
 
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