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category: Software
RAM: 64
Processor: Pentium
MHz: 350
Operating System: Windows 98
Date: 21 Jul 1999
Time: 14:43:47


I am currently trying to connect my laptop to my desktop using windows' direct connect. the two computers are communicating,(i.e. name and password verification go through.), but the guest computer(laptop) always says that no shared files were detected( when I know for a fact that all files are in shared status), and to please enter the host name for the computer that I want to view shared files on. when I enter the computer name, it says the host was not found. I would be eternally grateful for your assistance. this is driving me crazy.

thank you,


The Answer

First, for troubleshooting, make sure whole hard drive is shared, and share a couple of folders on that drive.  Also make sure that there are no access restrictions to the shares.  Also don't use a password on the Host.  After you get the problem fixed you can set up a password.

Make sure that you have a common protocol between the two computers.  If you are just going to be sharing files with the host and not going to be accessing any network resourced beyond the host computer, I recommend using NetBEUI.  To check, go to Control Panel->Network.  NetBEUI should be on the list of Network Components Installed.  If not, click Add->protocol and under Microsoft select the NetBEUI protocol.  

Windows should automatically bind the protocol to the dial-up adapter but to check go to Control Panel->Network and double click on the dial-up network adapter.  Select the Bindings tab and make sure the NetBEUI check box it checked.

If you are connecting through one of your serial ports or com ports, be sure you have a serial, null modem, RS232 cable.  Or get a serial RS232 cable and a null modem which will plug into the cable.  Check both of the computers Com port speeds and make sure they are on the same settings.  Check it through Control Panel->System.  Choose the Device Manager Tab and Click the '+' sign next to ports and double click the port you want to check.  Under the Port Settings you can check the set up of the port.

If you are connecting through your Parallel port or the port where you usually connect your printer, you may want to verify the cable.  Windows supports three types of parallel cables for Direct Connections:  Standard or Basic 4-bit cable, ECP cable, and UCM cable.  Another thing to check is the setting on your parallel port.  Get into both computers BIOS and make sure that both computers parallel ports are set to the same settings.  To get into the BIOS you usually press the Delete key or the F2 key as the computer boots.



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