are terribly slow compared to ethernet. Has each machine a NIC?, if so get a crossover cable and do it right.
I have been told that it is possible to connect a laptop to a pc for the purpose of file transfer via a USB cable. Is there a USB cable that has the proper ends? And is this doable? My PC is a 1yr old Dell running XP home, and the laptop is a Dell Latitude approx 5yrs old running 2000 professional. Both have USB ports.