Connecting Laptop and Desktop PC via direct cable

  dregn 08:07 15 Jan 2004

I have been trying to connect my laptop and desktop PC with the aim of sharing a printer and transferring and sharing files.I do not wish to access the internet ( I have a dialup connection )
Both are running WinXP and I have connected both machines with a crossover cable between the ethernet ports on each.
When I attempt to configure the network the wizard gives me only the following options :

Standard Modem
Infrared port
Direct Parallel connection.

No mention of ethernet.I have tried most things and am still unable to get the two to see each other.

I suspect I am missing something here and wonder if any kind soul who has a similar setup can put me right ?


  Big Elf 11:47 15 Jan 2004

What I know about networking would fit on the head of a pin with room to spare. You could try removing the network adapters in Device Manager and then reboot for them to be detected again or try another cable.

  Djohn 12:07 15 Jan 2004

click here And have a look at the graphics. It may help. j

  ricvic 12:21 15 Jan 2004

click here has a step by step guide click here

  dregn 06:29 16 Jan 2004

Many thanks, everyone.

I think I can now setup the connection correctly.

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