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Discussion in 'Networking' started by DaveDong, Apr 6, 2004.

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  1. DaveDong

    DaveDong Thread Starter

    Mar 31, 2004
    Ive recently bought a network connection kit after failing with my crossover, however this also has failed. both computers are running xp home and xp pro. everything was connected as directed on the box and it specified that this would work without any configuration however this didnt work. please someone help me ive been trying to network two computers for months and im nearing my end th epoint at which i break down in tears.:D
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    it may be worth going though step by step on what you are doing from this post.
    i have managed to get laptops and PC's to connect together using a cross over cable with Netbeui as described in my comments however, I am not a network expert. and as Bob suggests this is not necessary - I have connected Win98, win2k and winXP laptops and PC's together with a crossover.
    Bob Cerelli
    gave a lengthy description of how to connect.

    which did you try and how did it go.

    before you breakdown in tears, sometimes its best to start over and take a step at a time , although this can take a considerable amount of time, i have found it works OK...
  3. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    The basics for troubleshooting 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, make sure you turn of XP's 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.

    7. With XP, 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:

    9. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networkcs can be found at:

    10. Apply the registry edit to fix the browsing delay from XP to Win9x computers

    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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