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Networking - Parallel cable connection

By bootsys ·
I have a desktop compaq and a toshiba laptop. I was running Win98 on both machines and tried to connect the 2 using a parallel cable and Windows Direct Cable connection. I setup a password. When I Listen on the Host Compaq, to the Guest Toshiba, a password request comes, I enter, it gets verified & accepted but the following message comes up, "Direct cable connection was unable to display the shared folders of the host computer. To see the shared folders, type the name of the host computer." I dont know what the name of the host computer is, drive C: is "jane", I have tried this name but it says "host computer not found". I have shared the folder "My briefcase" and unchecked the read-only mark allowing full access. Where am I going wrong. In fact I have also upgraded to Win Me but its still giving the same message. Any offers would be most appreciated. Thank you, Wellaz.

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by dheupel In reply to Networking - Parallel cab ...

Right-click Network Neighborhood on your desktop, and select properties. Open the Identification tab, and give eace computer a unique name, but use the same Workgroup name. Doing this should solve your problem. Also, make sure the parallel cable your using is bi-directional compliant.

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by bootsys In reply to Networking - Parallel cab ...

Thanks a million david. It worked!

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by Trish_Sutter In reply to Networking - Parallel cab ...

David_Heupel is right! I would add that if your "network neighborhood" shortcut isn't on your desktop, you need to go to "Start..Settings....Control Panel...Network" That will get you the network properties too! Again, give each PC a unique name and they should be set to below to a workgroup not a domain.

Try a crossover cable too, it simulates a hub without a hub.

Good Luck!

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by bootsys In reply to Networking - Parallel cab ...

Thanks a million for your assistance.

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