Solved network set up

June 17, 2011 at 05:03:34
Specs: Windows Vista, 7.2
i now have a dell inspiron 530 which, unfortuntely, has vista. i want to use my old hp brio with xp pro as an external drive. i got a crossover ethernet cable, and connected them. the light on the dell shows that they are connected.
however, when i go to computer, the hp does not show up as a drive.
is there a rational reason for this, and, how do i fix it, remembering that i don't have the slightest idea what i am doing.

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#1
June 18, 2011 at 18:33:20
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Easiest way is to get an external enclosure for the old hard drive and plug it in to the USB port of the new computer when you need / want it.

Otherwise, you are setting up a small peer to peer network. Both computers need to be part of the same workgroup. My Computer > properties to set the same workgroup name and unique computer name on both computers. Then enable *simple* file sharing on the old computer by right click on drive and select share. Can be done using a router so both can access the internet.

post your results.


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June 18, 2011 at 18:34:19

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#3
June 19, 2011 at 04:03:32
unfortunately, there are several problems with doing that. first and foremost, i have no idea what a hard drive would look like, let alone how to take it out and plug it into anything. i have never seen the inside of a computer.
i guess that what i am trying to do IS set up a small network. i got the crossover cable so i don't have to mess with a router. huge cost difference.
do i understand you that i would have to go into the old computer to do the file share? i'm not interested in the old computer going on the internet. i'm stuck with dial up and only have one phone line to use anyway.

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#4
June 19, 2011 at 04:05:52
thanks for this. it helps some.
also, in the share thing in the control panel, it shows a local area network with little or no connectivity. am i right in thinking that this is my old computer?

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#5
June 20, 2011 at 04:15:23
That is a good possibility. The cable you have may be a straight-through cable rather than a crossover cable. If you compare the ends of the cable, and look closely into the connector where the wire is, you can see the colored wires. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethern...
If they are identical, it is not a crossover cable.
Assuming the cable to be correct, limited connectivity could be a network card driver issue, or a bad physical connection, or a slower network card if only seen on the newer system.
Bring up Explorer (or My Computer) and click on network. You should see the computer. Clicking again on the computer should show the shares.

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#6
June 21, 2011 at 07:56:11
the cable is a crossover. the guy at the computer store made it for me. two and a half to have it made was a lot cheaper than you could buy one at staples or somewhere.
i tried going into the hp and changing the name and workgroup of the computer. there was no place to do it. on the dell, it has the link or whatever it is saying change, but there isn't anything like that on the hp. is there another way to do it?
how could i set it up just putting the name and workgroup that is already there into this one?

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