This thing is driving me to drink, I've been trying to set up a home network but their is a red x acros the two small screens in the systme tray and when I place my curser over it it says local area network,A network cable is unpluged, but I have replaced the cable with a new one but to no avail. I knew I was asking alot to conect a pc with XP to one running win98, both pc's using the same lan card ( realtek )can anybody help
Most network cards have a small green LED that lights up when a properly-wired cable is properly connected.
Double-check that the cable is fully pushed into each card - there should be an audible 'click' as the small lug on the plug engages in the socket. I have had several instances when the cable feels as if it is fully pushed in, but the protective boot around the plug is just fouling enough on the back of the PC to prevent proper connection.
Assuming you have a properly-connected cable, check Device Manager on both PCs. Look under Network Adaptors for a card that appears twice (delete one 'instance of the card if this happens), or a card that is disabled.