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I'm trying to network two PCs together using a crossover connection, and it's not working. The PC with the direct internet connection (through the DSL modem) is running XP SP2, and the one I'm trying to connect is running XP SP2 also. The host PC has 2 Realtek NICs (work fine), the client PC has a D-Link NIC. The second NIC on the host PC is connected to the client PC's only NIC through a crossover cable.

I've run the network setup wizard on both PCs, and it's still not connecting. In the network connections window, both PCs tell me the corresponding connection is connected (Local Area Connection says "Shared" on the host PC, other connection says "connected"). Both connections report zero packet flow between them however, and I can't connect to the internet on the client PC still. Any help?
 

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An update to my problem here...

I've googled the interwebs for hours, and found some information. I'm supposed to change my IP on the host PC's NIC that's connected to the crossover to 192.168.0.1, with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. The client PC should be 192.168.0.2, with the same subnet mask. I've read mixed instructions on setting the gateway and DNS on the client PC to 192.168.0.1 as well. Having it set seems to have no difference, because either way I ping 192.168.0.1 I get a timeout. Same goes from the host PC to 192.168.0.2. Both PCs can ping their own NICs fine, however. No firewall on either PC. This is getting pretty confusing.

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Here's my ipconfig/all:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : UBER
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-76-FD-11-9A
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 207.144.204.209
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 207.144.204.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 85.255.114.27
85.255.112.89

Ethernet adapter NIC 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-30-4F-1F-2D-34
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
 

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That looks fine for the master computer, the client computer should not have ICS enabled. Can we see the IPCONFIG for the secondary computer?
 

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Hah, forgot about the secondary computer...

Well, I tried enabling DHCP on the secondary computer, but now I'm getting a "Limited or No Connectivity" message, here's the Ipconfig/all:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : JOE
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 3:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : D-Link DFE-530TX PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (rev.C)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-11-95-FC-01-80
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.79.135
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
 

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TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reboot the machine.
 

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Are you sure you have a good cable? Remember, this has to be an Ethernet crossover cable for two machines to directly connect.

Can you connect that secondary machine directly to the Ethernet connection?
 
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