Help!! LAN between win98 and linux...problems!

I followed the procedure outlined by swwelsh in my previous question to network red hat linux 5.1 with win98 via a LAN in my home.  I edited my tcp/ip properties for my ethernet card in win98, giving it a new IP (192.168.1.2), also giving it a bogus domain and host name.  In linux, I did the same thing giving it an IP of (192.168.1.1) a different host name with the same bogus domain.  Also, I edited my /etc/hosts and \windows\hosts.sam files accordingly.  After rebooting both machines, I tried to ping win98 and linux using linux and win98 respectively, and neither computer can find the other.  I am using 2 ethernet cards connected by rj45 cable.  Do I need a hub when networking Linux and Win98?  Someone told me that I do.  My cable modem works great on Linux and that is connected by a second ethernet card.  What am I doing wrong??  Any suggestions will be greatly apprecitated.  Thank you.
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swwelshConnect With a Mentor Commented:
A couple of things. If you are using rj45 cable without a hub you will need a special 'crossover' cable that switches some of the lines around (to simulate what the hub does). Call around to local computer stores to see if they have one. Your windows file should be renamed to hosts - without an extension. If windows tries to add a .txt extension, rename the file. If your net cards are combo cards (have both bnc coax connectors as well as rj45 you can just get some thinnet cable, two t-connectors and two terminators - thinnet doesn't need a hub. Are the net cards installed ok? In win98 you can check properties for the card, in linux there will be a message during boot-up. If you can't read the output as linux boots, try dmesg | more - this should give you the bootup messages one page at a time. If the cards are ok, you're getting close. I'm not completely sure your 2nd net card in linux won't have some initial conflicts with the cable modem card, as I have never set up a cable modem. On my system I had a dial-up connection and the net card with the ethernet and there was no conflict, but there may be some issues if the cable modem connection is up all the time
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I know there are no confilicts in win98. I checked my device manager and there are no "question marks" or "exclamation points".  When linux boots, I see the line that "points" to eth1 (which is my LAN ethernet card) and there are no errors in that "area" of the bootup process.  I guess I will try either a crossover cable or a hub.  If they don't work, I can always bring them back.  Thank you very much for your help!
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