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Networking PCs and Macs

I have a Mac233G3 PowerBook laptop (a "Wall Street") and a 4-year old PC (a Dell PentiumI). The PC has an internal Zip and an internal Hewlett-Packard CD-rewriter. Neither computer has USB. A printer is connected to each computer. How might I create a network that would enable me, while working on the Mac, to use the PC's Zip and CD-rewriter to write on CD-R and CD-RW disks as well as to read them? Also, what equipment would I need and what would I have to do with it to enable me, while working on the PC, to use the printer connected to the Mac to print to the PC?
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nanwill
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nanwill
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weedCommented:
Yikes. I dont think youre going to find ANY way of making all your dreams come true but we can nail most of them down. First off you will want either a copy of Dave or PCMacLAN. They do the same things but are for different platforms. You only need one. You can find them at www.versiontracker.com . They will let you transfer files back and forth as well as view all the volumes on each computer including CDs.

To connect the two computers you will want an ethernet crossover cable OR 2 regular ethernet cables an a hub. The first is the cheapest and simplest but also the least expandable.

As for writing to CDR disks on the PC from the mac...You CANT and even if you could, DONT. CDR writers require a steady stream of data which ethernet and sometimes even USB doesnt provide. You will get errors in the write like you wouldnt believe. Transfer the data to the PC first then write the data. The zip drive is treated just like another volume and doesnt require bandwidth to write so it you can certainly write to via Dave or PCMacLAN.

Printing: PCMacLAN and Dave do allow for printing to shared printers in SOME cases. Not all printers are supported by both platforms so obviously theyre not going to work but those that are and are shareable in the first place are an easy setup.
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nanwillAuthor Commented:
I finally got a definite answer regarding the CD-rewriter, after making inquiries of many people! The information helps me with respect to choice of features for my the new PC that I intend to purchase in the near future.
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