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Direct connect Winxp to Win98

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jashar, Aug 27, 2005.

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  1. jashar

    jashar Thread Starter

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    ) I connected the two computers with a serial cable

    2) I ran the direct connection (wizard) on the windows 98 machine, setting it to be the host and to listen on COM1. It waits patiently for the connection to be established.

    3) I ran the new connection wizard on the XP machine. I selected the "advanced connection" option for connecting two machines directly using a Serial cable, and I set the XP machine to be the guest so that it "dials in" to the 98 machine. It says the connection was created OK and puts an icon for it on my desktop.

    4) I run the connection icon on my XP desktop, it prompts me for a user name and password. I leave them blank and click "connect". It connects, and puts an icon in my notification tray saying "connected at 19kbps". On the host machine (Win 98) the "waiting to connect" dialog changes to "now connected". Both computers now show data transferring across the network connection.

    Unfortunately, now that my connection is established, I can't find the remote computer anywhere on the XP machine. There's nothing new in "my computer" nor in "my network places" and when I click on the connection itself, all I get is the data transfer status. How can I go from this network connection to browsing the files on the windows 98 machine from the XP machine?

    I have "file and printer sharing" installed on both machines with it enabled on both machines and the root drives of both machines are shared.

    Tried reversing but Win 98 trys to connect to winxp machine and has failure. I need files off old win98 laptop, no usb, no ethernet.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Have you tried configuring the XP machine as the host and the W98 as the client?
     
  3. jashar

    jashar Thread Starter

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    It claims there is no cable attached when I make xp a host and 98 a guest.
     
  4. jashar

    jashar Thread Starter

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    Any assistance would be appreciated. No matter how dumb it might sound
     
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    From the 98 can you see the XP and its shared folders? If so, give write access to at least one of those folders and use the 98 to copy files over to the XP.

    That doesn't answer your question, but it would get files transferred. I know nothing about serial connections, so can't be of any real help. One thing that bothered me at first--I thought you needed a special "cross-over" serial cable for this, but since you said you have data transferring, I guess that's what you're using. By transferring, you mean received as well as sent, right?
     
  6. jashar

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    Yes there is a active connection between PC's but you can only set up a host and guest on this kind of connection. So the host can share its files but the guest can't.
     
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    However, unless they've changed the capability of DCC recently, you can copy files in either direction.
     
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