trouble networking

  mrjuice1 23:51 24 Aug 2005

can some one help i have two packardbell computors (one is a laptop) and i am trying to network them together, they boath have ethernet cards but when i plug in the cable nothing happens. I tried running the net work wizard and it just says the hardware is dis connected?

  LastChip 00:31 25 Aug 2005

I am assuming you are connecting the computers together directly via their network connectors and a cable. Is the cable a "Crossover" cable?

If it's a cable manufactured by one of the larger companies, it will normally be marked on the cable. It can also be identified, by looking at the plug ends, using the same orientation, and two of the wires (colours) should be reversed. If they are exactly the same, you have a patch cable.

In this instance, a "straight through" (patch) cable will not work.

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