direct cable connection between pc &laptop

  Dorsai 17:55 04 Jan 2005

A friend has a laptop running win98, with no cd-rom.

He has also a desktop, Xp home.

He wants to network the two together so he can install software on the laptop using the cd-rom in his desktop. If the laptop proves able to run the software in question, he may well get a CD-rom for it (and buy the laptop), but does not want to buy a cd-rom, just to find the laptop (which he has borrowed) wont be up to he task he wants to use it for.

He has a parallel pc-pc cable, but the laptop does not have the 'direct cable connection' component under 'comunications' installed. I have a copy of win 98, on cd, but have no idea which files on the cd i will need to transfer to floppy to load on the laptop.

I can download a prog to do the job, but have no network setup experiance, so dont know what programs to look for to acomplish the task.

The laptop is here with me, as is the pc-pc cable.

All i need to do is get it and my PC to talk, and then i can return the laptop, ready for him to use.

Anyone able to help?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:10 04 Jan 2005

Win98 may be backed up in a hidden patition of the laptop's harddrive.

Have you tried to add window components in the control panel to add direct cable connection?

  Dorsai 19:18 04 Jan 2005

No. never thought of that. Will fire it up and try.

  Dorsai 19:23 04 Jan 2005

It is now asking for the 'cd'.

If there was a hidden partition, would the laptop to this?

  Dorsai 19:31 04 Jan 2005

Mind you, it has just asked for a specified file.

I could search the 98 cd i have, find the file, extract it, copy to floppy, and install.

Then it will say it cant find the next file, and i do the same again.

Might take a while though.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:38 04 Jan 2005

Thats probably the only way to do it if it is not on HDD.

Have done same thing for old printer.

  Dorsai 19:54 04 Jan 2005

That is what i will do.

will take a while, But he's a mate.

And sooner or later My back will need a good scratch in return.

OH has a car, he is a mechanic. He has a PC, i will fix it. Simple as.

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