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    Transferring files between computers via ethernet (Home and Pro)

    I have gigabytes of MP3s on my desktop P.C. I would like to transfer to my laptop. I have a 20 GB Iomega Peerless drive at college, but I'm at home and would like to transfer the files now. I understand I can do this with via serial ports, but I don't have a serial port cable. Is there a way to transfer files between computers (one running XP Home, one running XP Pro) using an ethernet cable? Thanks!

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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    Yes, you can do this with a crossover cable, available at many computer hardware stores. A good thing, too, because you would spend well into the middle of the year with a serial cable, given the slow data rate it supports.

    If you need more information on how to make the two computers talk to each other through this cross-wired cable, post back. It is a relatively simple operation and I would think Windows XP should handle it easily.
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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    Hi,

    Thanks for the tip. I just bought a Belkin CAT5e Crossover Cable, plugged it in from my desktop to my laptop--but nothing. What now? Thanks!

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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    1. Found the computer name of your DESKTOP: press Windows key and Pause/Break key on your keyboard simultaneously and on pop-up System Properties window click Computer Name tab. Write down what you see in the "Full computer name" line (excluding final dot).

    2. On your LAPTOP open Windows Search dialog (Start | Search), choose the option "Search for computers" and in "Computer name" box type
    computername
    where "computername" is the computer name of your desktop, that you wrote down in section 1.

    3. When the icon representing your desktop appears, double-click it, and if logon dialog pop-ups, type your username and the password for the desktop.

    4. Navigate to the files you want to copy, copy and paste them as usual.

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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Jon_Rick on 04-Jan-04 18:11. )</P>I connected the two computers via the said cable and rebooted. I then tried searching, as per your instructions, on both the laptop and desktop, but the laptop could only find the laptop and the desktop could only find the desktop.

    Note: the laptop is running WinXP Pro and the desktop is running WinXP Home. Both computers are also configured for the network of my college.

    The desktop settings under "Computer Name" are:
    Computer description: Jon's Desktop
    Full computer name: jrick.
    Workgroup: HAMILTON-S

    Clicking on the Change button reveals:
    Computer name: jrick
    Full computer name: jrick
    Workgroup: HAMILTON-S

    The laptop settings under "Computer Name" are:
    Computer description: Jon's Laptop
    Full computer name: jrick.students.hamilton.edu
    Domain: students.hamilton.edu

    Clicking on the Change button reveals:
    Computer name: jrick
    Full computer name: jrick.students.hamilton.edu
    Member of
    Domain: students.hamilton.edu

    Thanks!

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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    The problem then is that one is set up on a workgroup, and the other is member of a domain. Stands to reason, really, since you take the laptop off to school. But since they both believe they are in different segments of a network, they are not going to find each other by browsing.

    Try this: on the laptop, open an Explorer window. In the address bar, enter jrickc$ and press enter. This should make the laptop look for the hidden administrative share on your desktop PC. If it successfully connects, you can the browse the contents of the desktop C: drive as an attached network drive. You will be prompted for a username and password, so make sure that you have an account set up on the desktop for the laptop to access. For simplicity you can create an administrative account and then remove it after you have completed the transfer.

    If you continue to have problems, post back. Good detail in your response here!
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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    jrickc$ didn't work. Should I change the laptop to connect to a workgroup?

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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    <hr>Should I change the laptop to connect to a workgroup?<hr>
    Yes. Make both computers members of the same workgroup. Also, set up an account on the desktop that mirrors the one you are logging into the laptop with, and perform the same in reverse (set up an account on the laptop that mirrors the desktop username/password). If you have the Windows XP firewall enabled on either machine, disable it for the transfer process. If you are running a different firewall, make sure that it allows access or disable it temporarily.

    I should have mentioned before to ensure that Simple File Sharing is DISABLED on both machines, and to create a share on the desktop where your music library resides.

    Did you receive an error of any specific sort when you attempted to connect to C$?
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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    Thanks for all your help, Mark.

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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    Welcome. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Did it finally work?
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    Re: Transferring files between computers via ether

    Actually, no, and it's becoming more trouble than it's worth [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img]. My goal was to transfer the files at home using the ethernet cable, but I'll just bring my desktop back to college, where I have a 20 GB removable media drive. Thank you very much for your help; I certainly appreciate it.

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