connect laptop to desktop

The desktop is XP Pro The Laptop is XP Home.

What is needed to network the two (Wired). The laptop has an RJ-45 network jack. the desktop has noting (yet).

I know I will need a card?
I have a spare PCI slot in the desktop. I need a wire to connect them but what type of wire?
X-over or straight through.

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  bremner 08:52 23 Nov 03

Network card for the desktop and an crossover cable to link the two together

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