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Discussion in 'Networking' started by Spring0105, Dec 18, 2009.

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  1. Spring0105

    Spring0105 Thread Starter

    Dec 9, 2009
    I want to directly connect my xp computer to a windows 98 machine and also (not at the same time though) connect to a lexmark lazer printer. Is this possible using a crossover cable?
  2. Gr3iz


    Mar 9, 2009
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    You can connect the two PCs with a crossover cable. It may be best to set the IP addresses manually, perhaps to something like and Make sure both systems are in the same Workgroup, too.

    The Lexmark printer should have a parallel or USB connection available.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Configure the machines as follows.

    PC #1:
    IP address:
    Subnet Address:

    PC #2:
    IP address:
    Subnet Address:

    Leave the Default Gateway and DNS Server addresses blank.

    Make sure any firewalls are configured to put the 192.168.9.x subnet in the trusted zone.

    Finally, you'll have to enable fine/print sharing on the machines and actually share one or more folders or drives.

    Here's a page that describes the process in detail: http://www.howtodothings.com/computers-internet/how-to-connect-2-pcs-directly
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