Problem Connecting Xp client to Windows Server 2008

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Problem Connecting Xp client to Windows Server 2008

hi all

i'm newbie in networking field plz help guys
I want to make a connection between two laptops.i have done this setup
A: Installed windows server 2008(standard Edition) and it meets the Technical requirements of server ..and applied the ipv4 add: with class C subnet
B:installed Xp and done with all drivers and assigned the ip

now i want to make A as Server and B as client.can anyone help me with the setup..when i tried to connect these two with Cross cable i cant even ping each other

tried these trouble shooting:
1) created a work group (MSHOME) and applied on both
2) turned the firewall off of both laptops
3) checked the driver of both nic cards
4)checked the Ip address

I want to know what exactly the problem is ? even the lights in NIC cards aren't glowing

can anyone help me with step by step process in connecting these two..