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I have purchased a LapLink USB Network cable + software which claimed it had everything needed to share files & resources between my desktop (Dell Dimension W98) & my laptop (Toshiba Portege 7020CT W98 - but no CD-ROM drive) - it patently does not. The disk contained only the drivers. It appears I now have to make a further purchase of Laplink PCSync in order to complete the system. Is there any way I can use W98 system software or perhaps shareware to transfer data?

I previously used a parallel Direct Cable Connect setup quite successfully, it was just too slow. I only need to install new software occasionally & don't really need NICs.
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by:stevenlewis
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did you contact the company to find out?
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by:chrisrobinson
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To stevenlewis

Yes, of course. I am waiting for their reply.

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by:stevenlewis
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Once you have the drivers setup on both machines, can they see eachother in network neighbor hood? can you ping each other?
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by:chrisrobinson
ID: 6462778
To stevenlewis

No, just the local machine shows at each end.

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by:chrisrobinson
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To stevenlewis

No, just the local machine shows at each end.

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by:chrisrobinson
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To stevenlewis

No, just the local machine shows at each end.

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by:stevenlewis
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I guess the local machine just shows at each end LOL
You hit the refresh which results in the multiple posts.
What protocols are you using? try using netbeui on both machines, and also what does ipconfig /all (from a dos prompt) show (again on both machines)
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by:chrisrobinson
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To stevenlewis

The desktop & the laptop both have: IPX/SPX, NetBEUI, TCP/IP, TCP/IP->LapLink USB Network Cable & just for luck NDISWAN.

Tell me which settings from ipconfig you are interested in,
because I can't paste them from DOS.
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by:stevenlewis
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the ip addresses and the subnet mask
PS you can copy from a dos box, just click on the icon in the left corner, and choose edit-> mark, then highlight the text, and hit enter, and it will copy it to the clipboard, and you can then paste it
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by:chrisrobinson
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I meant to say I can't paste just the text.

Host (Dell Dimension)
0 Ethernet adapter (PPP Adapter)
IP Address: 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0

1 Ethernet adapter (usb-usb network bridge adapter)
IP Address: 172.29.61.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0

2 Ethernet adapter (PPP Adapter)
IP Address: 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0

Client (Toshiba Portege)
0 Ethernet adapter (PPP Adapter)
IP Address: 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0

1 Ethernet adapter (usb-usb network bridge adapter)
IP Address: 172.29.61.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0

2 Ethernet adapter (PPP Adapter)
IP Address: 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0
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by:stevenlewis
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those look ok, can you ping for example
from the dell dos box type
ping 172.29.61.2
 and then from the laptop dos box type
ping 172.29.61.1
and see if you get a response
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by:chrisrobinson
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The ping request timed out in both directions.
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by:stevenlewis
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I hope their products work better than their website LOL
very slow loading, and I have ISDN
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by:stevenlewis
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what exactly is the name of the product you got?
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by:chrisrobinson
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LapLink USB Network Cable Pak
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by:stevenlewis
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OK, now the device is showing on both machines as per
http://www.laplink.com/support/kb/article.asp?id=192
and you have done this
http://www.laplink.com/support/kb/article.asp?id=190
and yet more info
http://www.laplink.com/support/kb/article.asp?id=188
I hope the pages load more quickly for you
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by:stevenlewis
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The LapLink USB Network Cable is now configured to use a static IP address. To connect, please follow these steps:


Launch LapLink on both computers.

Attached the USB Network cable to both systems.

In LapLink, click Connect Over... USB Network

Click on the TCP/IP Addresses tab

In the TCP/IP name or address box, type the IP address of the computer you wish to connect

In the Services area, select the LapLink service you wish to use upon connecting

Click OK

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by:chrisrobinson
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There's only one problem: I purchased the LapLink USB Network Cable Pak because the ad said: "This is all you need to experience high-speed file transfers between two PCs running LapLink software and Windows 2000, 98 or the new Millenium Edition operating system..."

The cable comes with a CD-ROM which contained only the drivers, not the LapLink software. The wording of the ad is ambiguous. The LapLink 2000 software is now obsolete & is replaced by PCSync, which costs #50 including cables.

The company & I are now negotiating to reach a solution.
They could offer me an old version of LapLink gratis, but it is more likely they will offer me PCSync for #50 minus the cost of the cable. Anticipating this, I sought alternative solutions through ExEx.
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I don't blame you. For future reference, a NIC for the destop is about $20, and a crossover cable is about $10, so all you need is the pcmcia crd for the laptop, and those are fairly cheap (nad can be gotten used) and then you have a real network
It appears as if you do need the laplink software ina ddition to the hardware.
Good luck and keep me posted.
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by:rmcinnes
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Naive, I guess is how I and many others must feel…  I bought a USB PCI Board (A$18.00) to enable my daughter to connect her new Olympus C4040 camera to her PC, and bought USB A to A cable (which I now discover are illegal hardware) off the shelf in a reputable Office Equipment Supplier, believing I could not only plug in the camera to one port, but my Sony Notebook into the other USB socket.  How is it possible to buy an A to A Connector USB cable if it is such a hazard.  
The PC groaned, and I can only hope my Notebook was properly protected.  According to USB.org, (http://www.usb.org/faq/ans5.html#q7) you can even set yourself on fire...Do not to even think about trying to use USB to interconnect PC’s.  USB is designed as a master-slave (PC to Peripherals) media, only…
I will buy an Ethernet PCI board tomorrow…
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by:chrisrobinson
ID: 6853892
Sorry I thought I had closed this ages ago.

After correctly setting-up & still nothing appeared in Network Neighborhood, I discovered that my BlackIce firewall was jamming the data flow.

After switching off BlackIce on both machines, it was hunky-dory! Thanks again.
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