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Posted: 1/5/2002 4:28:29 PM EDT
I have a laptop and a desktop. I can get them to talk to each other using a serial cable and a null modem at COM1 on each computer, but that is as slow as a dialup. I cannot for the life of me get them to talk to each other when choosing a parellel connection at LPT1. I choose the proper options on the setup and connect with a parallel connection with a null modem. I even tried with no null modem, but no joy. HELP. Do I need a special type of parallel cable?
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:35:40 PM EDT
Why in sam hell would you want to? Put ICs in them both and run 100MB ethernet.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:40:24 PM EDT
A null modem attached to a parallel port will just confuse both computers. A serial port's wiring is totally different than a parallel port. They both use D25 connectors, but that's all they have in common. There is a cable you can use for the parallel connection. It's commonly used with programs like laplink, so look for a laplink parallel cable if you want to go that way. You'd be much better putting cheap network cards in both and running an ethernet crossover cable between them.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:41:16 PM EDT
yah bendi is right. you can get a network card for you desktom for less than $30, and one for your laptop for less that $50, so just do it, it will be muy rapido!
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:41:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BenDover: Why in sam hell would you want to? Put ICs in them both and run 100MB ethernet.
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Because I just occasionally connect them when I am home to load what any personal data that I accumulate on the laptop while I am on the road. Besides, if I can figure it out, it won't cost any money, except maybe a cable. Besides, the laptop is company property and I am not allowed nor would I want to spend my own money for something like that.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:46:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:47:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2002 4:51:44 PM EDT by LARRYG]
Originally Posted By qwijibo: A null modem attached to a parallel port will just confuse both computers. A serial port's wiring is totally different than a parallel port. They both use D25 connectors, but that's all they have in common. There is a cable you can use for the parallel connection. It's commonly used with programs like laplink, so look for a laplink parallel cable if you want to go that way. You'd be much better putting cheap network cards in both and running an ethernet crossover cable between them.
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Ahh, there's the answer, the laplink cable. Thank you sir. As I stated, the laptop is company property and they don't allow us to put in any hardware that their IT people haven't already installed or is not provided by them. I only want to use it to download any personal e-mails or any good stuff from ar15.com, etc accumulated while traveling. I do have another desktop, older and with 95 on it. This is really stupid, I know, but would the 95 and ME on the newer desktop (the laptop has ME also, sucky platform) be able to talk to each other and swap info if I put in the net cards and the ethernet cable? By the way, my serial port is not DB25, it is DB9.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:51:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2002 4:51:52 PM EDT by BenDover]
I know WHY you want to connect them. I meant Why would you want to use the serial OR parallel. On the laptop, you invariably have a PCMCIA slot. Attaching a PCMCIA card is an external device and you are doing nothing more than if you were attaching the laplink cable. You IT guys shouldn't have a problem with it as it is no difference. Using the ethernet interface cards is by far the easiest. I don't know the speed of parallel ports anymore but there is a reason people almost universally use ethernet for this task. Just my $.02 And yes your 2 PC would be able to talk using ethernet.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 4:56:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dano523: Use Breifcase or directcc to link the two together. No cards needed!
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If you do this, what cable are you using? Ben, I just work on DMS switches, which is a type of IT since it is a switching computer, basically. We are starting to get more into PC type of IT work, since more and more of the processors are starting to be PC based, but I am still kind of weak on what we are talking about. On the 2 desktops, I guess I was wondering about the compatibility of the 2 platforms, 95 and ME.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 5:15:38 PM EDT
BenDover, I am doing something similar. I have 2 desktops. I want to use my DSL on both primarily & play some games with the wife (I have the important connections covered [sex]). I have ethernet cards in both & a 100 ft Cat5 cable. What next? Software? Point me to a web page & I can do most anything. Thanks. Scott
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 5:20:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gun-fan: BenDover, I am doing something similar. I have 2 desktops. I want to use my DSL on both primarily & play some games with the wife (I have the important connections covered [sex]). I have ethernet cards in both & a 100 ft Cat5 cable. What next? Software? Point me to a web page & I can do most anything. Thanks. Scott
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[url]http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=23&prid=20[/url] I use these all the time. they are about $90.
Link Posted: 1/5/2002 5:25:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LARRYG: On the 2 desktops, I guess I was wondering about the compatibility of the 2 platforms, 95 and ME.
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Yes they will work. Windows networking protocol is standard in both. You dont have the total flexibility of locking down folders and files like NT or 2000.
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