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Error : Link Lap & Desktop via Cross Over Cable

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December 28, 2009 4:29:42 PM

I am in need of networking my lap and desktop to share files and internet connection (modem connected to desktop).

Specifications :

Lap :
Windows 7 Home Premium
Realtec PIe GBE Family Controler

Desktop : [Having ADSL connection - modem doesn't support Win7]
Windows XP SP2

Attempt : Connected machines via a newly purchased CrossOver cable. [Not through a router]

Results :Windows XP (says) - A Network Cable Is Unplugged

Observations : LED on the slot of cables are blinking (both computers)

I tryed running network setup wizard, but it said "This computers network hardware is still disconnected. Before you can continue, you must either pulgin or otherwise connect all of your hardware, or select "Ignore Disconnected Network HardWare".

What may the problem be? I did a couple hours of research and thought of getting some professional help.

Christmas has been passed, so Happy New Year dudes...
Anonymous
December 28, 2009 4:32:18 PM

Turn off the firewalls on both computers.
January 2, 2010 5:15:10 PM

Thanks for the replay Fihart,

I just now turned both firewalls off. But it doesn't seem to make a difference...
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Anonymous
January 2, 2010 5:25:27 PM

Are sure you have a crossover cable? How many NICs are in the desktop? What is the ADSL modem plugged into?
January 3, 2010 3:18:48 AM

Grumpy, thank you for the reply. :) 

The connections of the 2 ports (I checked by the color of the wire) is the same as what is found in Wikipedia – Ethernet_Crossover_cable & I am billed for one.

NIC – Did you mean something like Network Adaptors?

Using the device manager, I found out the following:

Desktop – Windows XP SP2

Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC
VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter (I guess it has to do with SunVM)
WAN/ATM/ADSL miniport

Laptop – Windows 7 Home Premium
Bluetooth Device – Personal Are Netwrok
Bluetooth Device – RECOMM Protocol TDI
Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Minport Adaptor
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

ADSL Modem is connected to the Desktop that is running Windows XP.

Going for a router would take time because my wallet is light at the moment :) 

Have a nice day… Take care.
Anonymous
January 3, 2010 11:17:08 AM

I'm confused. How is the ADSL Modem connected to the Desktop? Can you post the output from "ipconfig/all" from the desktop. Your wallet might be light but a router is only $30.00.
January 4, 2010 4:21:33 PM

Thanks for the reply Grumpy, this is what I got from the ipconfig /all @ the cmd prompt.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Ruwan In>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : ruwan-4450cce88
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit E
thernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-C0-3D-C6-1A

PPP adapter ZTE ZXDSL 852:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 124.43.57.113
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 124.43.57.113
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 222.165.160.18
222.165.160.2
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

In the name of development, electronics are heavily taxed here in Sri Lanka. :)  No part time jobs for students :(  Parents verys strict :( 
Worked as a freelancer n since end-sem exams came stoped working. Just after the exam bought a lap (thats why i am having this problem) n now I am broke :( ( :D 

Want to get 3.5G dongle for lap, but yet it is convenient to have the 2 machines connected...

If it is confusing, no probs, i got the WiFi setup at uni. So can get the software updates there.
Anonymous
January 4, 2010 9:45:28 PM

Have you setup ICS on the Desktop?
January 7, 2010 3:24:05 PM

Yes Grumpy, ICS is setup on Desktop.

Well, I got some thing to tell,

Before I connected the cables for the first time, my little bro had tried it. He said that some thing similar to a setup window opened in the Win7 (lap). He has just selected some settings and finished it... so I guess it detected the connection once... can it be some thing like misconfiguration? May be some thign like a reset would work?
January 28, 2010 5:40:09 PM

Resolved!

Well after a small vacation, I managed to set-up things guys.

It was some thing rather simple to do. I changed the Spped & Duplex (Device Manager -> NIC Properties) to 100MBPS FullDuplex,

It shares the internet like an angle :) 

Thank you very much for all the help guys, and sorry for the bother, specially you Grumpy!!

I don't know how to say this is reolved, but it is. But have a small problem, I have no clue how to get access to the shared documents. nither computers show eachother.
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