Sorry in advance if I seem a bit thick. I have 2 pcs and a laptop all three have lan cards fitted.I have tried to set up a network first from pc to pc and then from pc to laptop.everything seemed to install ok but I am told by the pcs and the laptop that the network cables are unplugged when in fact they are plugged in.What am I doing wrong.All three machines are running xp pro and I am connecting directly from pc to pc or pc to laptop with a standard 45 cable.Do I need to install any drivers, iff so how do I find them. Any help would be appreciated.
Connecting direct PC to PC or PC to Laptop using Lan cards you need CROSSOVER RJ45 Cat5 cable. If you connect them via a hub or a router then you must use STRAIGHT THROUGH RJ45 cables (sometimes called patch cables) click here