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Solved Network two computers via Ethernet cable

June 11, 2019 at 11:45:43
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I have very spotty knowledge of networking.

I want to connect my ancient (1998) Dell laptop running
Windows 98 SE to my newish (2016) HP laptop running
Windows 10, via Ethernet crossover cable.

A crossover cable is the same as a regular cable except
that the input and output lines are reversed at the two ends.
It is what is used when connecting two computers directly
rather than through a router. I have the cable. It is new.

The old laptop has slots for two PCMCIA cards, and one of
those slots has a card in it. Into that card is plugged a Xircom
modem, which has two jacks: One for a telephone connector,
which I have used many, many times over the years to connect
to my dial-up Internet provider, and the other for an Ethernet
cable, which I am attempting to use for the first time.

When I go into Control Panel/Networking on the old laptop with
Windows 98 SE, I find that the following network components
are installed:

Client for Microsoft Networks
Dial-Up Adapter
File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks

I plugged the cable into both computers. I believe that both jacks
have lights that are supposed to come on when a connection is
made. No lights.

On the Windows 10 computer, Control Panel/Network and Internet/
Network Connections/Ethernet says "Network cable unplugged".
The Properties for it says This connection uses the following items:

Client for Microsoft Networks
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
QoS Packet Scheduler
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver
Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder

What do I need to do to get the computers to see each other?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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June 11, 2019 at 13:22:10
You may or may not need a crossover cable. Did you try a standard ethernet cable to see what happens? Also, what is it you're trying to accomplish?

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June 11, 2019 at 18:13:25
There should be an Ethernet adapter in your network component list.
Try to ADD > Adapter > Xircom > model that matches the PCI-card used.

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June 13, 2019 at 05:38:35
✔ Best Answer
You need to get the network interface on both PC's working.

On the Windows 10 computer, Control Panel/Network and Internet Network Connections/Ethernet says "Network cable unplugged".

This is an issue that needs to be resolved before you can continue. Chances are you'll need the correct drivers so download those from Dell before you even begin troubleshooting the issue. You should be able to find them based on your computer's model number.

Once you have the network interfaces on both computers working you need to edit the TCP/IP settings and apply proper addresses to both. Something like the following will work:

Windows 98 SE:
IP Address:
Subnet Mask:

Windows 10:
IP Address:
Subnet Mask:

You do not need a default gateway address.

FWIW, use your crossover cable. With all due respect riider always use a crossover cable when connecting like devices (ie; PC to PC, switch to switch etc) Not doing so means one more thing to troubleshoot if an issue arises.

Besides, you already own the crossover cable, so use it.

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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