You have a few choices about the way to go, but I would avoid Internet Connection Sharing and pick up an Internet Gateway Router, install a newtork card into your desktop.
Before I go into detailed, procedural instructions, though, I need to know if your DSL Modem is merely that or a Modem/Router combo like the Westell that Bellsouth uses.
Which is it and are you able to install a network card?
OK, I have a desktop pc with WinXp Pro in one room which is used by all family members and my personal laptop pc which has WinXP Home in my room.
I have a DSL broadband modem (not wireless) and it sits in the family room with the desktop. It is connected to the desktop through the USB port as my desktop does not have an ethernet port (the desktop is about 4yrs old) and then I have an ethernet cable running from the same modem to my laptop which is in the other room. I also have a multifunction printer which is in the family room that is connected to the desktop pc through another USB port.
Could someone please give me a step by step procedure of how to network both pcs and the printer? I want to be able to access the files on my desktop through my laptop and also the printer from my laptop. However, I dont want my desktop to access the files on my laptop. In other words, I want the primary pc to be my laptop.
Hope all that makes sense and I would appreciate any help I can get.