Direct Cable Connection-W98

Why does the guest computer say "cannot connect to host computer?"

I am using "Direct Cable Connection" in Windows 95 on the host PC, and Windows 98 on the guest PC.  The cable is connected between the two.  It is a 25-pin, connected to the printer port on each PC, which I understand is a parallel LPT-1 port.  Normally, a printer is connected to those ports.

I have tried re-booting both PC's.  I am assuming the cable is good.  I have not used this cable for several months, however.  Would there be IRQ conflicts?

Do you need additional information to answer my question?

Thanks.    -Kimball Cummings, Jr.
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NenadicConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Parallel connection can be used. It is recommended, since it can give you 300kbps, as opposed to 115kbps from the serial link.
 I'd check that cable - that it is functional and that it allows bi-directional communication.
Why are you using the printer port? Normally when this is done it is done with a serial (COM) port. Maybe you can do it like this but I've never heard of it.
As far as the question about the IRQ conflict, if you can print to a printer on each machine, you would have already had to take care of any IRQ conflicts. Putting a cable between two machines doesn't cause any changes to IRQs.
As far as I know, the Direct Cable Connection only works through the COM ports with a null modem cable. If you have
1) Selected the correct port on both computers

2) Made sure you are running the Direct Cable Connection program on both computers and have one set to Host and one set to Client

and 3) Made sure the ports are configured to use Direct Cable Connection

you're stuck. I have had no luck using DCC in the past. If you want to do anything really serious, I reccommend investing in LapLink for Windows.
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Also remeber, that the serial link only works with IPX protocol
Ooh, good one Nenadic. The BIOS may have to be set do Bi-directional parallel port mode. I forgot about that. Speaking of speed, isn't there a new connection out now that uses the USB ports? That would be a good one to look into if you're using newer USB-enabled computers.

USB only works with windows 98 and not with windows 95.

Also keep in mind that you should enable file and print sharing on both computers (you can do this via the propertie panel of your network neighbourhood).

kimballcAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for your help.  I am so impressed by all the responses.  You guys all know more than I.  Nenadic hit it right, though.  I returned to the computer store and replaced the null modem cable with a "uni parallel DB25" cable.  Then Direct Cable Connection worked very well.  It was the cable that was the problem.
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