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I am trying to implement a small network to enable me to transfer files, etc. between computers. One computer is giving me problems.

It's a IBM Netvista tower running Windows XP with SP2. About 1.5GHz.

It came with a network card. This card will not connect when a crossover cable is used. I eventually decided that it would be worthwhile replacing the card but the new card gives me exactly the same symptoms. I made up a crossover plug which I tried and it gives the same message (Limited or no connectivity). The present (new) card is a Realtek RTL8139. I down loaded another driver, just to see if this would help but same result.

Using the crossover dongle allows the other computer I am trying to connect to, to show a connection, so I think it is working as I intended.

Is there anything else I can try? I would like to get this working properly.
 

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Configure the machines as follows.

PC #1:
IP address: 192.168.9.1
Subnet Address: 255.255.255.0

PC #2:
IP address: 192.168.9.2
Subnet Address: 255.255.255.0

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
 

Numbat

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Thank you.

I had contemplated this method earlier but rejected it as I thought the 'auto' should take care of the addressing. Obviously I was wrong. The other thing that confused the issue was the fact that one computer seemed OK but the IBM gave problems.

I will know better next time.
 

JohnWill

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I learned this the hard way, auto addressing is a very unreliable way to do a direct connection. It works some of the time, but not all of the time.
 
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