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Internet access over ethernet

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Internet access over ethernet

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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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    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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    Snuffy09

    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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    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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    Snuffy09

    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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    IC-IT

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

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    IC-IT

    not always for routers and switches anymore.

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    Snuffy09

    yeah i know printers used to be picky to.

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    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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    sitebro03

    If you have previosly been able to connect both machines on the ethernet then it might not be a problem with the cable unless the cable is very old.

    You could buy a switch or a wireless router which could cost you about ?20.

    Connect the router/switch directly to the internet connection. Configure the router to assign IP addresses automatically by enabling DHCP. Configure the Lan settings of the laptop to obtain an IP address automatically. It should work.

    Also you can check to see if your ethernet cable is crossed or straight by holding both connectors side by side and observe the coloured wires to see if they are lined up in the same order or not. If they are, its straight. If they are not then its crossed

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    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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    Snuffy09

    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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    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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    Snuffy09

    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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    IC-IT

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

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    IC-IT

    not always for routers and switches anymore.

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    ok

    Snuffy09

    yeah i know printers used to be picky to.

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    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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    sitebro03

    If you have previosly been able to connect both machines on the ethernet then it might not be a problem with the cable unless the cable is very old.

    You could buy a switch or a wireless router which could cost you about ?20.

    Connect the router/switch directly to the internet connection. Configure the router to assign IP addresses automatically by enabling DHCP. Configure the Lan settings of the laptop to obtain an IP address automatically. It should work.

    Also you can check to see if your ethernet cable is crossed or straight by holding both connectors side by side and observe the coloured wires to see if they are lined up in the same order or not. If they are, its straight. If they are not then its crossed