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Network computer via floppy disk drive.

Hello,
We have a CNC machine with a PC that only has a floppy drive running W2k. I want to network this with a PC running W2K which has a cdrom drive. Can I install network services on the 1st system via the floppy drive. I was thinking of coping some of the CAB files required for networking and expanding them in the PC, i.e. mstcp.cab,msclient.cab and msnet.cab)

Both systems have built in NIC's.
Thank you in advance for your help.

-BMCI

p.s. For those that don't know, you can view a picture of a CNC milling machine here: http://www.cncauto.com/
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tmorrison3Commented:
Are these stand alone PC's? Are you running any other type on network now?
I am not sure you can just copy the cab files though. What we do is join the computers
to the domain and have a network share where all the Machinists can access files
- that way engineering can leave stuff for them there too.
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
Yes, these are stand alone pc's. The machinists do not want it on our domain. They just want these 2 systems networked. And once network, they want to use pcanywhere 11. to remote access the 1st pc from the 2nd pc in their office. They want to do the programming from their office not the shop floor.
-BMCI
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tmorrison3Commented:
Sounds like they are lazy and big headed - JK
Maybe you could download and install remote desktop (not sure if it will fit on a floppy)
Cable the two together and then you wouldnt need to use pcanywhere? That way you
could control the PC from home and then they don't even have to come to work!
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tmorrison3Commented:
Try setting up TCP/IP - Since you only have two machines, try to configure the following:

PC1 Office:

IP Address: 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: Leave Blank

PC2 CNC:

IP Address: 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: Leave Blank

Once both machines have been restarted, See if you can ping each other

Make sure that you have Client for Microsoft Networks installed <network neigborhood, properties>  see if its in the window listed on this screen.

Once you have connectivity you can use PCanywhere



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BMCIAuthor Commented:
My problem is that the 1st system prompts for the tcpip which is on the CD and it has only a floppy drive. Do you know what i need to setup tcpip from a floppy?
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tmorrison3Commented:
Does the PC have a USB by chance? Thumb drive could transfer anything size wise. Check the add/remove programs - windows components - networking services - details and see in simple TCP/IP can be installed
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
Besides the floppy drive it has a printer port, one 9 pin male serial port. Thats it.
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tmorrison3Commented:
If the machine can be taken down - slap in a cd rom from another machine install the networking protocols off of cd and pcanywhere - [if this didn't work Check the add/remove programs - windows components - networking services - details and see in simple TCP/IP can be installed] - I have gone that route once or twice.
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
The machine can't be taken down. It has a custom board with no additional ports available for any more drives.
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georgecooldudeCommented:
BMCI,

Do these machines run any sort of operating system?

If both have NIC's I would have though they have some sort of network protocol install the OS.

Then again, ive no experience with these machines. I used to make stuff with ProDesktop at school a couple years and and we'd have it cut our stuff out but thats about as much Ive ever done with them. =)
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georgecooldudeCommented:
wow - loads of reply while i wrote this...
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
they both have w2k pro and 6gig on the HDD
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tmorrison3Commented:
did you try this Check the add/remove programs - windows components - networking services - details and see in simple TCP/IP can be installed ?
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tmorrison3Commented:
Does it talk to the CNC via a dongle or what?
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
Not yet, within an hour I'll give a try.
Thank you for all your help.
This site is one of the best.
-BMCI
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure how it talks to the CNC. I didn't see a dongle.
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georgecooldudeCommented:
ok, create a bookdisk with network support, or try booting from a network connection.

Then share the CD-ROM drive of the PC your connecting to from the CNC machine. Some how find its drive letter. Not sure how to do this. Maybe go through the alphabet starting from d: c: e: f: etc...

Now once you have established a connection with the CD-ROM drive you can install what you want..


Well after I review that im not sure if it helps in any way at all now. Rather than delete i'll leave it as it is.

As your machine is win 2k, couldnt you just boot to safe mode?
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tmorrison3Commented:
Just wondering....... ours talks via a dongle so if you had an old mahcine lying around you could just swap it out.
Let me know about the TCP/IP settings when you get that done.
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georgecooldudeCommented:
Actually im not sure if my above post helps in anyway. I must have been thinking the wrong way. Maybe you can use some of the ideas above but im not sure. i will come back to this post 2moro morning as Ive got to go somewhere now. hope u get it working.
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BMCIAuthor Commented:
Georgecooldude,
Thanks
tmorrison3,
I'll be back within an hour to give a try.
thanks again
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