I run two laptops with Windows XP Professional on both.
They are connected by two 3 COM PMCMIA network cards 10-100 Mb/s.
The hardware part is OK.
The first laptop has IP address 169.254.101.94 with mask 255.255.0.0
The second laptop has IP address 169.254.5.217 with mask 255.255.0.0
The first three sets of digits in the IP addresses being different, I tried to renew the IP addresses.
Typing ipconfig /renew on either of the laptops brings a popup:
"An error occured while renewing interface Local Area Connection: unable to contact your DHCP server".
Thank you for your help,