Home Network Connection Problem

I am trying to link 2 PC's running XP home both fitted with network cards and connected by Cat6 cable. The netwok wizard is not working as despite apparent good cable connections the local area connection is shown as 'Unplugged'
Is there something that I am overlooking?

  A15 18:53 25 Aug 03

Is the cable a crossover cable? You should use a crossover cable to direct;y connect two PC's.

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