+ 0 Votes OK follow these steps OH Smeg 6 years ago On the Host Computer run the Network Setup Wizard. When approaching the section tell the unit that it connects directly to the Internet and that other computers connect through it. Share File & printers and when you reach the end shut off the Wizard. Plug in the crossover cable and make sure that the cable is reconsigned as plugged in at both ends. If it's not change the cable as it may be faulty. Then once you are being told that the LAN Cards have a Cable Plugged in run the Network Setup Wizard on the other computer and tell it that it connects to the Internet through another computer on the Network or a Residential Gateway and share the Files & Printers. When you reach the end of this wizard shut down without doing anything else. If the systems ask to be rebooted reboot and then you should have a working LAN. Lets know how you get on. Col + 0 Votes Are you sure that you are configuring the correct network card? seanferd 6 years ago Make sure that when you are setting up the crossover connection that you are configuring the wired ethernet card, not the wireless one. Make sure that both wired cards are installed properly (physically, and in the OS). Try disabling the wireless while you do this if nothing else is working? [Had a similar issue setting up a wired connection to a wireless/wired router. "Network cable unplugged." Darn wireless wouldn't stay off and was overriding the cable connection, and I had no wireless NIC.] + 0 Votes bump rc9608 6 years ago bump + 0 Votes My vote, wrong cable Churdoo 6 years ago If it is in fact a crossover cable and is good, the connection would not have the red X on it. Plus if you can see the colors on the internal wires of the cable and they look like they're mapped the same at each end, then clearly it's a straight-through i.e. standard patch cable as opposed to a crossover cable. If crossover, you'd see the orange pair going into pins 1,2 on one end and into pins 3,6 on the other, while the green pair goes from 3,6 on the first end to 1,2 on the other. As for no floppy drives, no worries. Run the Network setup wizard from each PC and don't bother making the floppy; just be sure to enter the same settings as you run the wizard from each PC.