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    Using straight through cable on LPT (xp pro sp-1)

    How do I need to set up XP Pro and 98SE to send data between the machines using a straight-through cable on the LPT ports?

    Or is there a better way to do this using the USB ports?

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    Re: Using straight through cable on LPT (xp pro sp-1)

    In the past, I believe people used the serial ports and a special cable known as a "null modem" cable. I don't recall data transfers over the parallel ports (not to say they weren't possible, I just don't remember the mechanism). USB ports are like serial ports, so it seems possible that you could use them for this, but if you have networking ports, that would be easier.

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    Re: Using straight through cable on LPT (xp pro s

    What you're referring to is known as Direct Cable Connection. The speed isn't outstanding, but it works.

    In Win98 (from memory), you may have to enable this through the Add/Remove Software applet in Control Panel - the Windows Components Section. In WinXP you can set this up through the Network Connections applet. There's a clear walk through in Help - with the title "Make a direct network connection using a DirectParallel cable". Enter Direct Cable Connection in the Search box to access it.
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    Re: Using straight through cable on LPT (xp pro s

    Remember LapLink and the yellow LapLink cables (double-headed each end, parallel and serial)? The direct cable connect is the successor (and probably identically wired...)
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    Re: Using straight through cable on LPT (xp pro s

    DCC has been around since at least Win95. Fortunately, network connections on laptops aren't quite so temperamental now! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Using straight through cable on LPT (xp pro sp-1)

    If you have cables for LPT ports, which should be faster than serial, you could try that first before USB.

    If you only want to establish connection and not create a network, i.e. you can manage files and folders on the other computer, then I think there might be small programs that will work on both machines directly after you have connected them. I did this between a old win95 and a WinXP over serial DCC. For the moment I do not know if my specific program will work over LPT.

    On the other hand if you want to use Windows networking etc. you might find the pages here usefull:
    Direct-Cable Connection Introduction

    I have used their information successfully when connecting win95 and winXP some year ago, I can not recall the different steps etc. but I know that you can choose OS etc. in their FAQ and get information.

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