Networking Win7, MAC, & two NT4 with no NICs

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February 27, 2010 at 06:42:50
Specs: Windows 7
I have 4 PCs (one running windows 7, one is a MAC, the other 2 are old, have no NICs - tried installing but they just won't budge - they are running NT4 SP 1 and i can't upgrade to the latest NT service because i fear i may interfere with proper functioning of some legacy software applications they are running.

I figured i could just get serial cables to run from these two PCs to the windows 7 PC and use software such as LapLink. I'm assuming linking the Mac to the Windows 7 PC shouldn't be a problem since they both have NICs.

I hope i have explained my problem clearly.

Anyone with suggestions on how best i can tackle this?

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February 27, 2010 at 09:11:05
I think you're probably diving into a worse problem messing with serial ports than you would be trying to get the NICs working. I don't think any versions of LapLink that run on Windows 7 support serial cables, and serial cables are terribly slow for most forms of networking (think dial-up).

Keep in mind that NT 4 isn't completely Plug and Play compatible. Simply installing the card is not enough to make sure that it will work. Most driver installation programs should be able to set up the card for you (I don't recall offhand the process for device installation in NT4).

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February 27, 2010 at 09:33:46
thanks idisjunction, I have also just tried this Knowledgebase article's suggestions to to try and enable PnP on the NT systems but after following through the steps this, "After you restart your computer, you may receive a message that Windows NT has detected your Plug and Play device(s). " never happens in my case.

I'm stuck now

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