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    File transfer between two computers using Lan ports

    Well I did it once but that was years ago, not sure if this is ok for connecting newer computers:-

    I have a modem that connects to one computer on a USB port, and from the modem a cable Rj-45 plug goes to a 3 coms PCI card in the 2nd computer.

    Now I have an ethernet cable with Rj-45 plugs, can I just connect to the lan ports on each computer if one computer is gigabyte ethernet and the other is 3 coms?

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    to connect a computer to a computer, you need a crossover cable, which is wired slightly differently

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    I would have said that too, but recently I tried it with an ordinary LAN cable and it worked fine. Try it and see maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    to connect a computer to a computer, you need a crossover cable, which is wired slightly differently
    That's what I got and worked before, but my original no 1 computer is now no 2 backup.

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    Some ethernet ports can auto configure themselfs to switch the send/recieve pins so you can quote often just use a regular CAT5 patch cable as opposed to needing a crossover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreaming View Post
    I would have said that too, but recently I tried it with an ordinary LAN cable and it worked fine. Try it and see maybe?
    Well I had a problem years ago as winxp wasn't too clever connecting two computers automatically (i.e. had to manually do it with help from a forum)...well if the basic hardware connection doesn't work, then for a newbie it's an enormous problem if you can't remember things like pinging etc to find faults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Some ethernet ports can auto configure themselfs to switch the send/recieve pins so you can quote often just use a regular CAT5 patch cable as opposed to needing a crossover.

    Well the old setup that worked was A7N8X >>>KT7
    new set up is DS3P>>>>>A7N8X and you would think newer is better.

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    Peer-to-peer networking isn't something that is set up automatically by XP, it's not like pluggin in a USB flash drive.

    Do they both have firewire? connecting them htis way is supposed to be prety easy and is faster than 100mbit ethernet.

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    Have you not got a hub laying about? Static IPs (ie 192.168.0.1 and 0.2) and a hub would be the easiest way to do it, if you haven't already got a crossover cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Peer-to-peer networking isn't something that is set up automatically by XP, it's not like pluggin in a USB flash drive.

    Do they both have firewire? connecting them htis way is supposed to be prety easy and is faster than 100mbit ethernet.
    Well the A7N8X only has 1394 headers(?) on the motherboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Have you not got a hub laying about? Static IPs (ie 192.168.0.1 and 0.2) and a hub would be the easiest way to do it, if you haven't already got a crossover cable.
    No hub just the special ethernet cable..............it looks like computers still have some way to go to be more easy peasy as in the old days you could connect a cable on the serial ports of two computers and transfer files, but the transfer rate was diabolical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur2 View Post
    No hub just the special ethernet cable..............it looks like computers still have some way to go to be more easy peasy as in the old days you could connect a cable on the serial ports of two computers and transfer files, but the transfer rate was diabolical.
    you'd also need to set the baud rates manually, and use specific null-modem apps to do the transfer

    which ain't exactly easy

    it's worth pointing out that IN THEORY, any modern os should automatically assign a random private IP address when connected to a DHCP-free network, so connecting the two machines together SHOULD JustWork(tm).

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    you'd also need to set the baud rates manually, and use specific null-modem apps to do the transfer

    which ain't exactly easy

    it's worth pointing out that IN THEORY, any modern os should automatically assign a random private IP address when connected to a DHCP-free network, so connecting the two machines together SHOULD JustWork(tm).
    .......or I might just give up and buy another dvd burner, for the 2nd computer.

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    you should get an APIPA assigned IP address ( in the 169.x.x.x ) range

    so connect the machines up and bring up the IP configuration on each one.

    start -> run -> cmd
    then type ipconfig

    you should see that each machine has a different IP address that should start with 169

    to check if you have connectivity between the machines then you'll need to ping them.

    from a command prompt on machine A type ping <IP address of machine b>

    if you get replies then your PC's are talking. Once that's done we'll look at sharing files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick View Post
    you should get an APIPA assigned IP address ( in the 169.x.x.x ) range

    so connect the machines up and bring up the IP configuration on each one.

    start -> run -> cmd
    then type ipconfig

    you should see that each machine has a different IP address that should start with 169

    to check if you have connectivity between the machines then you'll need to ping them.

    from a command prompt on machine A type ping <IP address of machine b>

    if you get replies then your PC's are talking. Once that's done we'll look at sharing files.

    Thanks I will have a look at it again next thurs as I have only one PCI graphics card for two computers ATM (the agp circuit on 2nd computer is U/S).

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    Well I know you have all been waiting with baited breath for the sequel..well I'm gonna need a bit of final help please:-

    Winxp to winxp and the computers are connected by firewire, the connection is there cos the little icon in each taskbar says so.

    So two computers named "giga" as the server and "asus" the slave

    ATM giga can read it's own files but error message when trying to read asus........"asus is not accessible, you might not have permission etc"
    BUT asus can read giga but not it's own (asus icon shown but click on it and just printer and schedule tasks appear ).

    AH Clue here?....well on Asus I've tried ticking sharing and permission on anything I can think of, but still have this problem.


    BTW maybe a clue:- click on connection icon on giga and it's sent 148 and received 320 packets but on asus it's 1150 and 1490

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