Connect Two WinXP Pro Laptops To Each Other w/Crossover & It Doesn't Work
Posted on 2004-10-30
Help! I two Laptops and a crossover Ethernet cable. Both Laptops have NICs with RJ-45 jacks.
Windows XP Pro is on BOTH laptops. Here's what I did:
1) Plugged one end of the crossover cable into the network jack of Laptop #1 and then the other end of the crossover into the network jack of Laptop #2.
2) ON LAPTOP #1: Clicked Start>Connect To>Show All Connections>Local Area Connection>Properties ditto for LAPTOP #2
3) I have in the list in Properties: Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Print Sharing, and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Ditto for LAPTOP #2
4) I click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)>Properties>General tab, same for Laptop #2
5) Here are the settings:
LAPTOP #1: Use the following IP address: 10.10.10.1
LAPTOP #2: Use the following IP address: 10.10.10.2
LAPTOP #1: Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 -- same for Laptop #2
LAPTOP #1: Default Gateway: 10.10.10.1 -- same for Laptop #2
LAPTOP #1: Preferred DNS Server: 10.10.10.1 -- same for Laptop #2
LAPTOP #1: Alternate DNS Server: blank -- same for Laptop #2
YES, I have "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP" (on the "WINS" tab under Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)>General Tab>Advanced>WINS Tab) checked on BOTH LAPTOP #1 and #2.
YES, I have the "Computer Browser" service started on Laptop #2. When I try to start the service on Laptop #1, the Services panel says to me, " The Computer Browser service on Local Computer started and then stopped..." etc etc., and the service stopped. The service refuses to be started, either in Automatic or Manual mode...
THEN I go on both laptops to "My Network Places" and click "View Workgroup Computers" on the left side-bar on both laptops -- and Windows yells at me: "Workgroup is not accessible..." etc etc. YES, I have set the "Computer Names" so that both computers are in the "WORKGROUP" work-group -- to no avail.
I am trying to transfer the files and settings from an "old" laptop to a "new" one -- but the problem is there's 4 GB of stuff to transfer... not trivial to do with floppies :) So I thought using the crossover and file sharing would be a neat solution.