direct cable connections windows xp to window

December 1, 2010 at 22:13:20
Specs: Windows XP
I am trying to get my Windows XP Home to connect with Windows 95 via direct parallel cable via LPT1 on both machines. I have enabled IPX/ SPX on both and made it the default on W95 and unchecked the TCP/IP connection for the XP machine. When I try to connect, it asks for username and password, and despite using the same username and password for both, it still won't connect

Any suggestions?

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December 2, 2010 at 07:26:44
If I'm not mistaken, you would have to use special software to connect over a parallel cable. If memory serves me, and it's been about a decade or more since I touched this old technology, the software is called "laplink" or something like that.

To be honest, I don't think you can use a "regular" parallel cable for this either. It seems to me you need to use a "null modem cable" which has a different pinout configuration from the parallel cable you'd use for say, a printer.

It makes a whole lot more sense to buy a crossover network cable and directly connect the two with that. It's not only a whole lot easier to setup and use, it's a ton faster too.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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