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Difficulties networking laptop w/desktop

By Shanghai Sam ·
I have a DELL Latitude Cpx running Windows 2000 Pro. I am using a crossover cable between it and my desktop computer. On bootup, the network icon shows up in the system tray on the notebook computer and it states that packets have been received and sent. However, on bootup, the desktop computer shows an error message stating that the network is not accessible. Additionally, today when I tried to log on to my dial-up Internet connection, I got an error message stating that no modem was installed.

I then changed the settings for the modem and disabled COM Port 2 and rebooted. This gave me my modem back - - again. (This has been a recurring problem since I installed the NIC. I am at a total loss as to why there seems to be this conflict between the modem, which uses IRQ 3, and the NIC which uses IRQ 10.)

After I got the modem working and was logged onto the Internet, I heard the hard drive of the "sleeping" laptop click. At that time, the DELL became visible in Explorer on the desktop computer, but the clicking sound of the harddrive on the laptop was it shutting down. I had to reboot it.

After it was back up and running, it still could not see the desktop computer. However, I could transfer files from the notebook to the desktop.

Does anyone have a clue what is going on? If I was getting paid for all the hours I have spent on this "project," I would not have to work for the next six months.

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by acastorino In reply to Difficulties networking l ...

I am assuming you went to my network places & walked thru the make new connection process & right clicked on the connection, went to properties & enabled "client for microsoft networks" & "file & print sharing for ms networks"
it also would not hurt to add the netbeui protocol,
it may solve your problem. If you think your having NIC problems
try pinging your loopback (in dos type "ping") if that works try pinging the other
computer. To find the ip address go to dos & type
ipconfig. If you can't ping it you can't communicate with it. Do you know for sure your crossover cable is a known good cable ? Always
start with the physical layer first !

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