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Hi,


I am attempting to connect my 2 PC's together so both can share a dial up connection. Both PC's are running XP. One is Pro & the other Home edtion. The PC's have network capability via the motherboards, I am using a Cat 5 cable with 1 cross network adaptor.

I have tried to set up a small office networkl using XP network wizard, my PC XP Pro is setup as the PC that connects to the net while the other uses the network to view the net (not). My problem is I cannot access the net via the other PC, network connection is enabled but when I try and view local network groups there is nothing there. I have tried to send a file from one PC to the other but nothing works.

Can anyone help with this problem is?

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The basics for troubleshooting are:

1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (e.g. 192.168.0.x).

2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.

3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, make sure you turn of XP's firewall.

4. Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

5. Make sure you have the same workgroup name (watch for trailing spaces)

6. For troubleshooting purposes, turn off XP's and any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

7. With XP, make sure you have the same username and password as the person logging onto the other computers. The default setting for XP Pro is to require a password for network access.

8. More details about how to network XP can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

9. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networkcs can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/trouble.htm

10. Apply the registry edit to fix the browsing delay from XP to Win9x computers
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm#browsing_delay.

There continues to be a lot of misinformation about needing NetBEUI or to changing the NetBIOS setting. You can ignore both. Installing NetBEUI to solve a networking problem will just mask a some underlying and potentially important misconfiguration with TCP/IP. The default NetBIOS setting works fine so there is not need to change that either.
 
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