i have just staretd setting up a network at home using a crossover cable between 2 pc's. everything seemd to be going fine, ping tests went fine, etc etc, however, what i cant seem to do is access the other computer and my machine and vice versa. despite the ping test working fine, i cant seem to 'see' the other machine. the second machine seems to recognise a shared broadband connection but wont let me acces the internet
Have you got Internet Connection Sharing set up correctly - ICS enabled on the internet connection, "Host" PC using a fixed IP address of 192.168.0.1 with subnet of 255.255.255.0 and "client" PC getting its IP address and DNS addresses automatically from the "Host" PC?
Any Firewall software needs to be configured to allow the IP addresses of the networked PCs to have the necessary access.
If your 'pings' are OK and the firewall is allowing access, each PC should be able to use Windows' Search facility to find the other PC, either by name or by IP address.