Posted 08 August 2004 - 01:56 PM
Ok - I have a desktop (a Dell Dimension) running Windows XP. I just purchased a laptop (also a Dell), which also runs XP. I need to connect them to transfer some files onto the laptop, but since the connection will be temporary, I do not want to buy a router or hub. I went to Radio Shack and got a CAT5 crossover cable (I know that much, at least), but when I plugged the two together, the netwrok did not work.
The desktop only has one networking card (an Intel Pro 100Mb ethernet card), which is normally plugged in to a broadband modem. The laptop has a wireless card and a gigabit ethernet card. I ran the network setup wizard on both computers, and checked the basic stats - both were on the same workgroup, both had unique names, both had automatically assigned IP addresses with the same subnet mask. The laptop seemed to respond better, as it's shared folder appeared in the "my network place" on both computers. The shared folder on the desktop did not, and when I try to open the laptop's shared folder over the network, i get an error telling me the path could not be found. I checked, and there are some packets being traded, so basically my problem is with the file sharing.
I have never done any networking, and am at a loss. What is wrong?