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Internet access over ethernet

By general ·
I've just acquired a used laptop and am having trouble connecting to the internet over an ethernet connection using my PC as a host. I have a good connection between the two machines and can share files but when I open IE or Firefox, I can't connect to the web. Do I need to tell the browser where to find the connection?
Both machines use XP SP3

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This should work, let me (us) know

by Snuffy09 In reply to Internet access over ethe ...
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Still no connection!

by general In reply to This should work, let me ...

Thanks for that. I've just gone through the process described in the MS help note although I had to go through it again setting the IP address manually as the automatic option left me with poor/no connectivity. I also rebooted to see if that would help. However, IE is still failing to connect on the laptop.

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firewall?

by Snuffy09 In reply to Still no connection!

make sure your firewall is off on your desktop. and it wouldnt hurt to trun it off on your laptop too. can you ping your desktop from your laptop?

if you cant get it to work why dont you go pick up a hub or a cheap switch?

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Tried that!

by general In reply to firewall?

I turned off both firewalls but still couldn't connect to the internet. I'm not too sure how to ping - I opened a command box on the laptop and typed ping 192.168.0.1 which is the ip address of the desktop - was that right? I got the response Sent=4, Received=0, Lost=4.
Otherwise it looks like I'll need to get some hardware!

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indeed

by Snuffy09 In reply to Tried that!

if 0 packets were received then something is still wrong.

Yeah, get some hardware small hubs and switches are pretty cheap. heck just go out and get a wireless router for 50-60 bucks then you can use your laptop from anywhere in the house.

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What type of ethernet cable?

by IC-IT In reply to Internet access over ethe ...

Direct connection to another computer requires a crossover cable. A plain ethernet cable will not work.

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is that true for newer systems?

by Snuffy09 In reply to What type of ethernet cab ...
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Absolutely, but

by IC-IT In reply to is that true for newer sy ...

not always for routers and switches anymore.

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ok

by Snuffy09 In reply to Absolutely, but

yeah i know printers used to be picky to.

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Cable type

by general In reply to What type of ethernet cab ...

I guess it's a crossover as I've been able to move files between the two computers - is that right? The cable is marked Cat.5e UTP 24AWG 4 pairs.
Could there be something wrong with the laptop's settings, drivers or software?

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