Im having a problem networking my 2 computers.. The one is sending and recieving the other just dont work it keeps saying that there is a network cable unplugged. If anyone has any suggestions please i would like to know
Check in control panel - system - device manager and see if it recognises the network card / device. Try reinstalling the driver and checking that the device has not been disabled. What sort of cable (if any) are you using, straight through or crossover ?
if you type in "ipconfig /all" in a command promp to you get any response ?
first check in control panel system hardware that your network card is working ok. As Alf58 says if 2 pcs networked no switch or router you need a crossover cable. I normally disable firewalls and set the ip address manually. On the main xp machine set 192 168 0 1 subnet 255 255 255 0 - on the 2nd. set to 192 168 0 2 same subnet then enter into gateway and dns 192 168 0 1 - make sure both pcs drives are set to sharing and copy any file even just xxxx to the shared folders on each machine. Make sure both pcs are set to the same workgroup I use MSHOME.
As for the cable: what did it say on the packaging? My Cat 5 cable has CAT 5 actually printed on the side of the cable. Crossover cable is often (not always) yellow in colour. When I first got into this networking lark I bought a huge length of Cat 5 cable plugged in the two PCs and kept getting the error message: "cable unplugged". I then found out I needed crossover cable but you could not buy crossover cable in the lengh I needed (from PC world). I bought a cheap hub (Netgear EN 104) and connected the two machines using it and suitable lenghts of CAT5 and everything has been fine.
You can tell by the positioning of the colured wiring in the perspex plugs at the ends of the cable but I dont have sufficient knowlege to make this clear. If you examine the plastic coating on the cable doesnt it say anything?