I was wondering if anyone could help me with connecting 2 computers together with a crossover cable (without a router). The host (one with the internet on too) has win xp. The other has win98se. The host has 2 network adapters, one for the cable modem, and one for the crossover cable. The other pc has 1 network adapter for the crossover cable. That's it. It's setup (ie. cables setup, network adapters installed etc) but I can't seem to get them working. I'm not sure what the settings are meant to be because i've got the problem where when the computer starts up it's got a message saying : 'Local area Network 2, A network cable is unplugged'. I'm not sure why it says this because 1 end of the cable is connected to the host, the other end is connected to the win98se pc. I'm not sure what settings i'm meant to change in control panel etc, so if anyone could give me some pointers with that i'd be grateful. Also, can anyone tell me why i'm getting the message about the network cable coming up because i've ensured that both ends are firmly in their sockets.