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I can not connect 2 pc via LPT cabels. All cabels and LPTs work.
Comp 1: Amd 1.1 GHz, mb Asus A7V-133A.
Comp 2: Pentium II 333 MHz, mb PCPartner Apollo+ (or something like this).
Tried to connect in Norton Commander 5, Direct Cabel Connection and some other softwares.
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by:jhance
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Just saying "I can not..." do something doesn't really provide much for anyone to go on.

Please describe in DETAIL what you did and what happened.  Explain what errors you received and how you configured things.
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by:slink9
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Have you tried LapLink and their USB cable?
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by:magarity
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"LPTs work."

They might work, but might be in the wrong mode.  Like standard mode instead of EPP mode...  Check the documentation for the programs and like jhance says, please provide a little more information.

By  the way, when you say all the cables work, are you certain these are the correct types?  A parallel network needs a special parallel cable, not just the same kind as a printer.
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by:rid
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I think the general idea here is that you should try to give more detail about the problem... You may want to verify that you are using a "laplink" cable and not a straight through switch cable for instance. Also check (as has been suggested) the LPT port mode (standard, bi-directional etc) in computer BIOS. At least bi-directional would be required, I think. If set to even more advanced mode (ECP?) there is a bigger possibility for resources conflicts, as I think a DMA channel is used in this mode, so this could be checked as well. If you set up direct cable connect, you need to configure network parameters like workgroup, computer names, protocol etc as well as file sharing.
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by:magarity
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"verify that you are using a "laplink" cable"

"Laplink" is a specific brand and wiring arrangement for a specific program.  At the store, you'll want to ask for a "crossover" parallel cable since you are using Norton Commander 5 and Direct Cabel Connection instead of Laplink.

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by:pbessman
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Have you created shared drives?  I ran Microsofts direct cable connection and you need to set it up under your Network Neighborhood properties.  What have you done to determine it does not work other than trying to share files between the systems.  If you tell us what you have done, I can tell you more about what you will need to do to make it work.
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by:rid
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This laplink thing is obviously a language issue. In Sweden these cables are often sold as "Laplink" cables, and can be used with different setups (intersvr/interlnk, Norton etc). You may be correct however claiming they should be called crossover cables. I hope I got my general idea cross anyway...
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by:pbessman
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Laplink is a software package that ships with cables in the US.  Go here to see it.  http://www.laplink.com/

US name for them would be either Null Modem cables or parallel data transfer cables.
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by:pbessman
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You may also want to check this page out for more specific info on setting it up and having it work.  Direct-Cable Connection :
Introduction
(updated : Sept. 2, 2001)You have the need to connect 2 Windows systems to be able to exchange some data.
You are (not yet ?) willing to install network cards and to deal with Ethernet cables
( coax, Twisted pair, hubs,.....) ?
http://www.helmig.com/j_helmig/dccmain.htm



Compusa sells the cables in question, they have them on their webpage. This is a "kit" that connects both your com ports and the printer ports for data transfer. http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?prodzip=&product_code=50107590
Null Modem Cable Parallel DB-25/DB-9/Parallel DB-25/DB-9
Although you can get by with one or the other.  Having both can increase the speed.
A whole website about Win95 and how to set it up, or the troubles you may face along with solutions.
http://www.tecno.demon.co.uk/dcc/dcc.html

rid, you are right I see reference to "cross-over parallel or serial cable."http://www.helmig.com/j_helmig/dcc.htm

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by:rid
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That was a good, informative site, pbessman.
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Just trying to help out where I can.
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by:pbessman
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One thing I forgot to mention is easily overlooked.  From the start button click on start go to programs click on accessories, click on communications, click on Direct Cable connection and configure each machine for the role you want it to have Host or Client.  It will guide you through the rest.
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" In Sweden these cables are often sold as "Laplink" "

In Sweden shouldn't they be called "Laplandlink"?

LOL, sorry, couldn't let that go by!
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by:rid
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"Laplandlink"... Those are chains chains attached to your tyres for driving in snow (hehe)
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