Hi Bol Uwd, Have checked your message, for some reason the IP addresses are different when using XP Pro 169.254.176.65 come up automaticaly. The 2 PC are sending / receiving packets, but I can not see each other computer on network, have allowed all sharing etc. Some wise person did warn me that networking will open ones eyes and be a steep learning curve ! It is...
"Thanks for reply, have run wizard on both Pcs, the Master Pc would not auto config, Slave auto configes to 169.254.176.65 I used that IP on the Master and it setup OK, altered slave by one digit OK I can ping from Master to slave OK, can not ping correct from slave to master, PC connected with crossover cable"
It would be wise to post all in here not through e-mail everyone needs to see where you are so they can help.
first I would change the class of the IP's your using to private class C range in network properties.Change it to the range ,for example 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2.Also seems like you have both of them to obtain an IP automatically because Windows will give an IP 169.x.x.x by default if it don't find a DHCP server.Try this then ping then search for your shares .
post back here.... be patient you'll get it.Just needs alittle tweaking.