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Connecting laptop and netbook with a crossover cable


I have been trying to connect my laptop (Windows Vista) and my netbook (Windows 7) with a crossover cable, and I have followed every single step of the instructions I have found on the net, including disabling Windows firewall, but it won't do it and when I try to ping the failure seems to be when the netbook tries to ping the laptop (100% loss).
Any advice? What could the problem be?
Thank you!

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Re: crossover cable

Yep, it should work.

The situation that it works with both devices having indirect connection (via a router) is much more common. So I'd try to get that working first. And then you might find that the direct connection works also.


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Thanks, but unfortunately I don't have a router.... I only have a normal modem... Sad Maybe it would be easier if the OS were the same, although theoretically it should also work with Vista and Windows 7.

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Re: no router

Why not try with a friend or family member that has one? Both the netbook and the laptop are portable.


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I think it works!

I have found a thread somewhere on the net that mentioned a solution not mentioned anywhere else, and it worked! It worked also for the other people in the thread. They say to just write the IP of the other computer in the default gateway (the IP that is automatically assigned, although you could also assign it manually)... I did it for both computers and it worked, although I had not shared all folders, so only a few were shared, but both computers appeared in the network... Happy

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The easy way

The root of your issue is you have no way to get an IP address on your PCs without doing it manually. So, you do it just that way. You give each a "static" address. They must both be withing a compatible range and you don't need a gateway address. The most simple way would be to use the old MS convention for LAN use. Set one to IP and the other to IP Set the subnet mask for both to Your PCs should now happily connect. This doesn't mean you can access or move files yet. You need to set up file sharing and create at least one user one both PCs that share their username and password. It's also best if these are in the admin group. Good luck.

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Hi, yes, that's what I had found on the net and what I had done, but it didn't work. I don't know if it is because the OS are not the same, or because the laptop (and the network card in it) are a bit old (about 5 years).
If you connect the two computers with the crossover cable and then try ipconfig /all (I think that's what it was, I found this info on the net too) you will find out the automatic IP address assigned by the crossover cable. (It won't appear if you just try ncpa.cpl, but it is there...)
I also tried those IP addresses you mention + the subnet masks, but the only thing that worked was adding the IP address of the other computer in the default gateway... I found this solution "hidden" in a thread, so obviously not a well-known solution, but it worked!

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