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    Direct Cable Connect

    II am trying to connect a notebook to a desktop to transfer files and settings. A very basic task , but have had endless problems.
    I am using the Ethernet port s. The computers are both running Windows XP. I am using a crossover cable . I have TCP/IP NetBEIu and NwLink protocols . I have used the Network Setup Wizard and got to the stage where a Status check says the device is working properly but when I click Neighbourhood Places there is a NOTHING.!!

    Even tried the Dirct cable connection, but it only provides the Com or Paralles Port options.
    Any advice will be appreciated.
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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    It's a simple step, but has to be asked non-the-less, as many people over look it.

    Have you enabled the file sharing on each machine, and shared the desired folder(s) on each PC also?

    Does each PC have a similar, yet different IP Address? eg. 172.18.2.20 and 172.18.2.21 ??
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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    Yes, I had ticked file sharing.I am now using the Other option in the Network Setup Wizard.(No Internet connection)
    I assume that since I am using a crossover cable it will not be possible to share the internet connection.
    I think the earlier problem was due to do IP address discrepancy.I had manually assigned IP address per Microsoft Help and support Art ID 306126. (How to Configure Internet Connection Sharing in Windows XP).
    This time I think the wizard on PC was set to obtain IP address automatically and Properties shows "Automatic private IP Address".
    Each computer has totally different addresses(169.254.61.155 on desktop and user configured 192.168.0.2 on notebook)
    It seems to work, as suddenly C: Drive on the Pentium appeared on the notebook. I have been able to copy some folders to the notebook.
    For a while it seemed that notebook was not visible on the desktop but about a minute later the notebook folders have appeared.

    Finally SUCCESS. After a couple of attempts have now managed to run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
    Just wish this could all be simplified for the uninitiated. Thanks the suggestions.

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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    After posting the above, have just found under "Other Star POsts" , complete details on networking and sharing, with links to Microsoft Articles. .Would have saved me weeks of frustration!!

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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    Glad to hear you've sorted the issue out.

    And ya never know what you'll find in those star posts. Once in a while, even HansV has a good idea <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    You're lucky that I never visit this forum! <img src=/S/liar.gif border=0 alt=liar width=25 height=22>

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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    This deserves an "attaboy" to Stuart for creating the StarPost.

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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    This is just a warning of another neat little trap for the unwary.
    As a logical progression after transfer of files and data I began working on synchronizing. To limit the confusing list of shared folders that began appearing, and since I was the only person using the network, decided to delete all other user names and turned Guest account off. BAD MOVE. Even though I was logged on as administrator with the same name and password. It was back to square one. See attached Screen Print.
    Luckily found a sentence if one of the many references that had accumulated. It says that Windows XP always logs onto the network using the Guest Account. If that was mentioned in the Error message it would surely simplify the process?
    (Sorry cannot include attachment. File too big. . It is just error message that drive cannot be accessed)

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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    Do you have any shares defined on the laptop?
    If NOT define one, and make sure that it is NOT any ones "My Douments" as that is another issue.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Direct Cable Connect

    Thanks. Will remember that. At the moment there are too many Shared folders. Aiming to cull down to just one.
    Must say the SyncToy Util is a very efficient software to assist in proper networking.

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