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a network cable is unplugged

Discussion in 'Networking' started by wildexpressions, Jan 13, 2003.

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  1. wildexpressions

    wildexpressions Thread Starter

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    I am trying to network an xp prof machine with a win 98 machine.
    I have two nics in the xp machine ,one is d-link dfe- 530TX the other is on board sis 900 pci fast ethernet adapter.
    The 98 machine has the same d-link card.
    My dsl is connected to the d link nic on the xp machine and i ran a cat 5e cable from the sis 900 nic to the d link nic on the 98 machine.
    I have two internet connectivity icons on the task bar by my clock and one says" a network cable is unplugged"I check the connections they are all plugged in.
    I ran the network connect wizard in xp and checked the "ignore unplugged device" box as it would not let me continue without doing that and everything set up fine.
    I then stuck my xp disc in the 98 machine and chose the setup network option and everything worked fine.But i still show it as being unplugged.
    It is a brand new nic in the 98 machine,and when i swithch the two connections around on my xp machine it shows the d-link as being unplugged,which more or less tells me that the nic in the 98 machine is no good,or i am not doing something right here.

    I know 2 people who have successfully networked 2 c systems together this way without a router or hub,so i know i do not need one.
    They only thing is they networked win 98 to win 98 and xp to xp.
    I am trying to network xp to 98 but i dont think that should really make a difference.
    I also run norton internet security 2003,I disabled it but it still doesnt work.

    Could someone try to guide me through this i am very new to this and do not know about protocols and the like.
    Thanks so much.
     
  2. wedor

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    Are you using a crossover cable?
     
  3. wildexpressions

    wildexpressions Thread Starter

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    not sure what a crossover cable is but the one i have is a cat 5e.
    It says on the back of the package that i can share files and internet connection with it.

    I really did not know there were different types,maybe i need a router with this type of cable?
    what do you think?
     
  4. wildexpressions

    wildexpressions Thread Starter

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    I had the wrong cable.:rolleyes:

    I went and bought a crossover cable(very expensive!!:mad: :mad: )

    And now i type this on my networked 98 machine.

    Thanks
     
  5. Del

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    And that my friend, is what is called a crossover cable!!
     
  6. Improvenet_1

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    out of curiosity how much did you pay for the cable?
     
  7. wildexpressions

    wildexpressions Thread Starter

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    I paid $60.00 [cdn] at future shop........I know I Know i got SEVERELY ripped off.
    I went down the street to a mom and pop comp store and got the same 50 ft cable for $15.

    I questioned the manager at future shop when i returned the cable as to why so expensive and first he said he has no control over the pricing and second that "You bought one didnt you"
    so i guess newbies like me get scammed.Im glad i found that other store,which by the way will be getting all my business from now on.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Gee, for $60 I bought a bag of connectors, the tool to crimp them, and a spool of cable. I can make tons of cables, either plain or crossover. :D
     
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