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Desktop to Laptop Connection!

by Sikander / April 5, 2005 4:32 AM PDT

I wanted to know if there's a way I can connect my desktop computer to my laptop? Without using any special hardware, I mean through the Usb port or any other port using just a simple connecting cable? I want to transfer some stuff from my laptop to my desktop and unfortunately, my laptop does not have a cd burner! Help me out please. Thanks.

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(NT) (NT) No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 5:36 AM PDT
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by Michael Geist / April 5, 2005 10:14 AM PDT
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by talon1812 / April 7, 2005 12:39 PM PDT

Hi THere,
You can without any special hardware transfer files. If your laptop currently has an internet connection, I use 2 different screen names for AOL instant messenger, and log on with 1 screen name on the desktop, and another on the laptop. You can transfer files directly like that, but they BOTH have to be connected online to the internet. Another cheap solution is to get a USB Infrared Dongle.
I got one for .99 cents plus shipping on E-bay. You can use a USB extension cable to plug the dongle into and put it next to the laptop's IR port. Window's should automatically open the IR connection when connected.

I've tried laplink cables. They suck and are too hard to configure. I didn't have much luck with then, anyway.

Here's a link for a USB infrared adapter like I bought:

Good Luck,


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phone line?
by rwp_17 / April 11, 2005 1:24 AM PDT
In reply to: YES!

is it possible to connect a desktop and a laptop via a simple phone connection

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Phone Connections
by talon1812 / April 17, 2005 3:25 PM PDT
In reply to: phone line?

Hi There.
I don't think it is possible to connect over the internet with a simple phone line, because both computers have to be online at the same time. Windows XP does have in it a n Internet Sharing Wizard, where you may be able to share the same internet connection, but I haven't tried it with a phone setup since I've had cable modem for 3 years.
Intel also makes a networking kit that allows you to connect both computers, using the phone system as a network connection. It's pretty cheap from the prices I've seen. Like about $59.

Good Luck

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