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Networking two computers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Lindee, Nov 9, 2005.

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  1. Lindee

    Lindee Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2002
    I am trying to network a Dell Desktop computer:

    It has 3 Com Etherlink XL 10/1000
    PCI for complete management NIC
    Pent 4
    1.69 GH
    256 RAM
    Win XP Home Ed 2002

    I am trying to get it to talk to:
    Dell Laptop
    Dell Wireless 1350 LAN
    2.60 GHz
    512 RAM
    Win XP Home 2002
    Broadcom 440x 10/100
    Integrated Controller
    Mini PCI card
    Celeron 2.60 Hz

    If anyone can help me get these two computers networked, I would appreciate it.

    thanks in advance
  2. 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, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other 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 completely uninstall 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 networks 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 usually works. If browsing is a problem, you might set it to Enabled. But do not Disable it.
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