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Connecting laptop to a desktop

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how do I connect and transfer files between my laptop and my desktop?

Do I need a special cable, s/w ....??
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Without knowing what hardware you've got available in the laptop it's impossible to answer this question definitively. If the laptop has an Ethernet port (most do, these days) then you can simply get an Ethernet card for the desktop PC and wire them together with a crossover cable--this is the fastest and best way of going about it.

If the laptop DOESN'T have Ethernet you'll probably be forced back to using a Direct Cable Connection. You don't need any third party software to do this--it's all built into Windows, although you may need to Add/Remove Windows Components to get it installed--but you WILL need an appropriate cable to connect either the parallel or serial ports on the two machines together. Using either is going to be slow, though.
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www.lpt.com  for some laplink type solutions if you are not going to try a network connection.

http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,10615,69874,00.html   parallel laplink
http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,,22980,.html   parallel laplink type file transfer

http://sac-ftp.gratex.sk/utildisk19.html      laplink file transfer over parallel cable

Network
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/howto/

I hope this helps !
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I would suggest looking on Ebay for a PC card NIC. this kind of stuff is going out real cheap these days.


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