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Greetings,

I own a old 486 (66 MHz) Desktop PC DAW (Digital Audio Worksation) from "Spectral Synthesis".  It is currently running under DOS 6.1/Windows 3.1 Operating System.  I would like to controle it and share files using my new PC: Sony VAIO 800 MHz PIII Desktop, running under Windows Me.

Can I connect the two computers using Direct Cable Connection, or even a LAN Network?  The Sony included a "10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet interface" for LAN connection only, can I purchase a LAN card for an ISA configured motherboard?  I'd prefer using Direct Cable Connection, but don't know if Interlink.exe (a DOS program) works with Windows Me's Direct Cable Connection.

Can anyone help in solving my dilemma?

Thank you for taking the time.
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Win 3.1 doesn't have all the network features that 3.11 has, so you may have to "upgrade" a little, or do the configuration from DOS. Networking 3.11 is not a big problem. Used ISA NIC:s should not be hard to find, go for 3Com if you can. Interlnk/Intersvr do not work on the same principle as Direct Cable Connect, so I don't think they will be of help here. I can add that you can use Interlnk on a win95 machine and get access to drives on a DOS machine running intersvr, but Win ME.... One other way might be to upgrade the old box to win95, but that's another question.
Regards
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Thank you for answering my question and more in such a short period of time.

You have been very helpful,

DSDX
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Glad I could help!
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