Network (Appletalk) Problems

I am having a problem connecting my Powerbook 540c and PowerMac 8500 together on an Appletalk network.  Both machines are running OS 8.0 and I have just reloaded the OS on the 540.  The machines are set up as
follows:

8500
Farralon Phone Net connector plugged into the Printer Port.
Appletalk set for Printer Port
Appletalk on
File Sharing on
Hard Drive and all included files shared.
Appleshare turned on in the Chooser
 

540c
Farralon Phone Net connector plugged into the Modem/Printer Port
Appletalk set for Modem/Printer Port
Appletalk on
File Sharing on
Hard Drive and all included files shared.
Appleshare turned on in the Chooser.

This did not work so I tried the 8500 Modem Port.  This did not work either.  I have also had trouble getting the printer to work on the 540c.  After turning off Appletalk and plugging in the printer I get messages that the serial port is in use by Appletalk.  After restarting, I am able to select the printer but when I try to print I get an error
message:  "The printer is not responding.  Make sure the printer's power cable is plugged in.  Also make sure the printer is connected to the modem port or use the Choodet to select the printer port."  I have checked the printer cable and power cable as suggested have selected for the 15th time the Prnter-Modem Port.  Still no success.

This has been a problem for quite some time now (several months).  At first I thought that my serial port was bad but after reloading OS 8.0 I was able to print (before trying to set up the Appletalk network).

Any ideas??!  I am completely lost as to what to do next.
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rickyrCommented:
Hi...
Have you got the phone-net connectors that need to be terminated with resistors at each end? Try connecting the two Macs together just using a common or garden Mac printer cable? If this works then you know that the problem is with the Farralon Phone Net connectors, You should even be able to connect the printer and two macs together in a daisy chain, ensuring of course that the devices at each end are terminated.
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rickyrCommented:
Hi...
A thought just ocurred to me that you may not have selected the HD then take file down to sharing where you check Share this item and make all enclosed folders like this one
on both machines.
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