can't get my pc to network

  lvwr 18:16 20 Sep 2005

we want to network 2 pc's in the same room. Both have an ethernet adapter. The guy in the shop said we just needed one cable which he sold to me. we plugged in and ran the network connection wizard. It seemed to work ok but the pc's are not communicating and in network connections it says the network cable is unplugged. can anyone help?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:24 20 Sep 2005

Hopefully you have a "crossover cable" to connect the 2 PCs.

1. Check in device manager on each machine to see if there is any problems with the network adapters (yellow exclamation mark).

If not then

2. Disconnect fom the web and disable the firewall on both machines to see if this solves the problem. reenable the firewalls one at a time to see which may be the problem

  lvwr 12:37 21 Sep 2005

tried both of these but neither helps!

  mgmcc 08:52 22 Sep 2005

Are you definitely using a CROSSOVER ethernet cable? This is essential when connecting two PCs directly, rather than via a hub/switch/router.

  recap 15:46 22 Sep 2005

Make sure you are using unique IP addresses for both machines, i.e. and or something similar. Both machines have a unique name, i.e. home1 & home2 and that the workgroup name is the same on both machines, i.e. homenetwork. That you have create the relevant shares on the machines.

Before running the network wizard ensure that the firewalls on both machines are disabled.

If you are using XP?, run the network wizard on one machine to create the necessary floppy disc, then run the disc on the other machine. This should take around 15 minutes to setup.

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