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How I connect tow computers with a crossover cable. Detail the configuration
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you plug them directly on to another with the cable, and configure your network exactly as you would if they would be on a hub..

then you follow a guide like this:

http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/basicxpnet/basicXPnet1.htm

(disregard the part about the internet connection)
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by:ngravatt
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direct connect between the two network cards.  Find the IP on one of the machines, opening a command prompt and typing ' ipconifg '.

then go to the other computer, start-->run and then type //<IP of other computer>.  then you can see all the share files on the other machine.

example

computer a: ip = 10.15.5.5
computer b: ip = 10.15.5.4

on computer b, go to start --> run  and type //10.15.5.5.

to see everything on computer a, type //10.15.5.5/c$

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by:graye
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As Yan_west and ngravatt have suggested, there isn't much details to be had...

In my case, I had two computers that where already "network aware"... they both had NIC cards in them... both routinely connect to a hub,  both use DHCP, both had File and Print services, etc.   So, in that case, I didn't have to do anything at all when I used a crossover cable.   I merely unplugged the "live" network cable, and replaced it with the cross-over cable.  I didn't even reboot the PCs.

With WinXP Pro, you will get a popup message that says something like "Hey, your network might not be working correctly".   That's OK.. that's just telling you that a the PCs can't get a new network IP address... and that windows is assigning one for you.

You won't even have to use IP addresses to talk to the other PC... you can use their Names instead.   The other PC even shows up in the "My Network Places" (after about a minute).

Only one "gotcha" that might come up... if you have SP2 or a 3rd-party firewall, you might have to temporarly disable it.
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