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First of all, I am just a beginner. Please assume I know very little about networking.

I have two notebook computers A and B. Both of them are on Windows 2000 Server.

Computer A has a "Buffalo PCMCIA Cardbus 10/100 LAN Card"
Computer B has a "IBM PCMCIA CardBus 10/100 LAN Card"

I have a cable (CAB48, UTP Stranded Patch Cable, Cable Enhanced CAT.5E, 3M, FULL E164469 (UL) TYPE CM 24AWG/4PR EIA/TIA TSB36 CAT.5 PLUS UTP PATCH CABLE) - I don't know what's that  :)

I just want both computers to share files, printer

My question is:

How to make a network with the two computers WITHOUT a hub? Is it so-called a peer-to-peer network?

Is this cable ok? Or, should I buy a "crossover cable"? Please specify the type of cable I should use and whether I need a terminator, T-connectors...etc?

After installing the hardwares, how to set Windows 2000 Server in order to connect the network? Please give me "step by step" instructions! Especially, how to make the two computers recognize each other in network neighbourhood.
(You may assume that I change nothing on setting. And I prefer simple and standard approach.)

Any reference sites are welcomed.

Thanks a million!!
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first you need a crossover cable to connect 2 machines without a hub
next
enable file and printer sharing on both machines
share a folder on both machines
install netbeui on both machines
ensure that they are in the same workgroup
do a find-->computer--> and search for the other computer (this establishes a session)
make sure the computer names are different, contain no more than 15 characters and have no wildcards and no spaces in them
make sure that netbeui is bound to both NIC?s
use client for microsoft as primary logon
then use tcp/ip
Mach #1
ip 192.168.0.1
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
gateway blank
disable dns and wins

Mach #2
ip 192.168.0.2
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
 gateway blank
disable dns and wins


You will have to use the same account on both machines, for example administrator and the same password (and may have to enable the guest account, for w2k security)
and see here
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/networking/lan.htm
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Thanks... But I failed to do that...

First of all, I would like to know whether my cable is a crossover cable. Crossover cable is a UTP with RJ-45??

Also I can't find an option to enable file and printer sharing on windows 2000 environment. Is it already default?

On the other hand, I failed to find another computer. Even the light in my LAN card did not flash at all during searching.

Also, what do you mean by "make sure that netbeui is bound to both NIC"? And how to "use client for microsoft as primary logon then use tcp/ip" in windows 2000 envirnment.

Welcome any other people's inputs.

Thank you stevenlewis.
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You are probably not using a crossover cable, hence no lights
see here for the diagrams for cables, and check the crossover cable diagram vs your cable
http://www.softcom.net/users/fdamico/cable_ties.htm
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Thanks Steven, I've bought a crossover cable and the network is fine now.

However, I have some problems with the LAN card in my desktop computer.

For the first time I install the LAN card, windows 2000 can use it and the network is fine.

But after I reboot, win2k says that there are hardware problem and cannot even boots. I go to safe-mode,  disable the LAN card. Then, restart. It is ok.
When I enable the LAN card, the network is fine again. But if I reboot again, the problem come up again.

Can you help me with this problem?

Thank you very much.
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It sounds like a conflict to me, remove the NIC in device manager, shut down, move the card to another pci slot, boot up and reinstall and see if that fixes it. alos check your bios to see if you are manually assigning the resources for it
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I have tried that before. But it still has errors. Anyway, I think it is more likely to be a hardware problem rather than networking problem. I will try to post this problem in the hardware section

Thanks
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The problem is mainly because of using a wrong cable.
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CYBERWORLD Glad you are on your way now
Steve
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