|Well, I call it "FrankenPuter", as it's made up of many different parts. I'd say the oldest part is about 4 years old. It runs XP.|
Like most computer geeks, I build pretty much all my own systems from parts I order so you could call mine all "FrankenPuter" too. The "technical" name us geek types use is "clone". Which is to say, it's not a brand name like HP, Compaq or *gag*choke*puke* Dell but a "custom build"
The thing I most wanted to know was what OS (operating system) you were using and XP is easy to work with.
I'd like to just run a wired connection from my computer to his...would I need an ethernet hub? Or an ethernet switch?
You can directly connect one computer to another using a crossover cable. This is a special network connection made for this type of PC to PC connection. A regular network cable will not work.
If you have a crossover cable, nothing else, like a switch, is needed to connect them. This would work for transferring data between the two computers but would not "share" the internet. In order to share the internet that way, you'd need two NIC's (network interface) in the computer doing the sharing and then you'd have to enable ICS on it.
It's much simpler to use a SOHO (small office/home office) router with 4 LAN ports. What you need to do is get a working NIC in your dads FrankenPuter....which you would have to do to join them directly with the crossover cable. Once you have a NIC installed in it, and it's working, set the NIC to get it's TCP/IP settings automatically (DHCP) and plug it in to a LAN port on the router and it should get it's TCP/IP settings from the router's DHCP service and begin communicating both on the network (with your computer) and on the internet.
So, you need to get a working NIC on your dad's PC. If you have a friend who's knowledgable with computers, have them come over and help you.
I apologize for sounding so uneducated...I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to the computer :(
That's what we're here for and what this forum is all about, helping people who don't know their way around computers as well as we do.
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