LAN cable disconnected

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toptechx6

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I'm far from the most adept with computers and sure hope someone can help. I'm trying to set up a simple same room network to connect a laptop running Win 98 & a desktop running XP Pro , I want to be able to share files & printer as well as my DSL connection. The DSL modem is an Efficient Networks(Siemens) 4060 that is connected to the desktop with a USB cable, there is no ethernet (RJ 45) connection on the modem. Both computers have ethernet cards & I connected them using a commercialy made crossover cable. When I run the network wizard it indicates an open LAN connection, after checking it repeatedly I attempted to bypass that difficulty and set up the network anyway, all I accomplished after it ran was that my DSL would no longer connect from either machine! The XP restore feature managed to bail me out of that fix but I'm right back to square one, can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Thanks in advance for any assistance.
 

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Many times, I've encountered issues where two machines won't work directly with a crossover cable, and I stick a cheap hub between them, and all is well. This seems to happen more with laptops than desktops, FWIW.
 
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Are you certain its a crossover cable?

Remember that if you add a hub that you will need regular cables, the crossover cable will not work.
 

toptechx6

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I haven't personally pin checked the cable but it is a new commercially made (Belkin) cable & it is marked "crossover" I guess I'm puzzled about using the hub, I thought if a hub was used I'd then need to connect the hub to my modem & it does not have a compatible connector (RJ 45) only USB, or am I mistaken?
 
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use the hub to connect the 2 pc's and leave the modem connected as it is
 
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