TCP/IP is what gets IP addresses.
If you have no router, tnen are you using the internet on one only? And it has 2 network cards, one for internet the other for the LAN to the Laptop using IPX?
XP likes to have TCP/IP only. I don't know how your system is hooked up, and quite possibly it was kosher, but it sounds like your network is a might strange.
Use a router to the cable and then hook both computers into the router and set TCP/IP to automatic, let the router provide IP addresses.
Remove all network protocols except for TCP/IP.
Now try troublshooting the problem.
This is a standard hookup and works when all the bugs are out.
i'm a cable subscriber, and i have two winXP computers with distinct IP addresses connected via hub (no need for router). my windows file sharing is disabled for
TCP/IP (internet only) but is enabled over IPX internally at home.
i recently sent in one of the systems (laptop) for warranty service. nothing really changed except that i used the laptop's harddrive in an external enclosure so that i could access files while my laptop was being
serviced. except - i had to give permission ownership on the "documents and settings" folder on the laptop HD in order to access things from the other computer.
upon getting back my laptop, i put the HD back in, everything boots like normal, everything runs like normal... EXCEPT now trying to share folders or even navigate each computer's shares has huge delays, and i can't even transfer any files... all i get is an hourglass cursor...
the same goes with printing which is also shared - it now takes about 10 MINUTES for the print request to even go through...
it USED to be instantaneous, smooth lovely... but NOW... ;,,(