Solved Can my two laptops communicate by Ethernet cable?

February 24, 2017 at 03:20:32
Specs: several
New HP laptop running Windows 10 Home.
Old (1997) Dell laptop running Windows 98 SE with combination
modem/network adapter plugged into a PC card slot.

I just want to transfer files from the old laptop to preserve them.
I connected the laptops by an Ethernet cable. Will that work?
If so, what's next?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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February 25, 2017 at 13:38:31

@Jeff Root

Yes,
Use Crossover Cable To connect two devices directly, without the need for a router,hub/switch.
But if You Have Hub/Switch, You Are Free To Use Crossover Cable and/or Cross-link cable.
And After Hardware-Stage, Setup and create Your simple LAN (Software-Stage)

SEE : http://helpdeskgeek.com/networking/...

Good Luck.



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February 24, 2017 at 03:58:25

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#2
February 24, 2017 at 09:51:11
Windows 98 SE has limited support for USB, you might be able to plug in a flash drive and copy them that way.

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#3
February 24, 2017 at 10:25:41
The single USB port on the old laptop is the original version, which
worked fine for connecting a scanner, but doesn't appear to support
any Flash drive. I did have some limited success connecting the old
laptop to an Android tablet by USB cable, but somehow I completely
failed to think of trying that to connect it to the new laptop before
buying a new Ethernet cable to replace the one I lost. I'll have to try
the USB cable, too!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
February 24, 2017 at 10:31:41
Yes. You might get away with using a patch cable, or you might need a crossover cable, but the answer is yes.

After that, you need to manually assign an IP address and subnet to both machines, and you need to share the Win98's HDD. If the machines can ping each other, but you can't navigate to the 98's box by IP, verify the Win10 firewall isn't getting in the way. You might need to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on the Win10 box.

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#5
February 25, 2017 at 07:44:32
Thanks Phil, THX, and Razor. I'm going to try both methods.

Of course, just a day after buying a new Ethernet cable (which
can't be returned because it was a close-out item), I discover
that I didn't lose my old one after all. It was in a different box.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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February 25, 2017 at 13:38:31
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@Jeff Root

Yes,
Use Crossover Cable To connect two devices directly, without the need for a router,hub/switch.
But if You Have Hub/Switch, You Are Free To Use Crossover Cable and/or Cross-link cable.
And After Hardware-Stage, Setup and create Your simple LAN (Software-Stage)

SEE : http://helpdeskgeek.com/networking/...

Good Luck.


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