Connecting old PC to new -Newbie question

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Paul S, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. Paul S

    Paul S Guest

    I bought a new PC (P4 3.0ghz with XP Home and 512mg RAM) about 18 months
    ago, and tried to connect my old PC by fitting a Network Card to it.

    I couldn't get this to work, because my old PC is running Win 95, and you
    need minimum Win 98 to run the set-up from CD ( I couldn't manage to set
    it up manually).

    I've now got Broadband, and am using an ADSL Wireless Router (used wired).
    Now I have the router, is it much simpler to connect the two PC's
    together, and how do I do this ?

    I mainly just want to get the files off my old hard drive, but was also
    wondering whether I could set it up so that my mother could share the
    internet connection. Would this be possible, or would the old PC be too
    slow for broadband ?
    Paul S, Feb 25, 2007
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    Paul S Guest

    Oh, forgot to say, I already have a yellow cable that says Cat 5e on it,
    although it's rather short, at about 1 metre.
    Paul S, Feb 25, 2007
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    norm Guest

    Should be possible,

    my 3com network pci card works fine on W95os2.1, drivers came on
    floppy although i eventally copied these onto the hard drive. Seem to
    remember taking out and replacing card for some reason and windows
    accepting the copies when steered to the hard drive.

    CPU 200mhz AMD.

    The card is connected to wireless ADSEL modem with 4 ethernet ports,
    XP PC connected to network by wireless..

    Broadband fine.
    norm, Feb 26, 2007
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    norm Guest

    Oops, the ethernet card is a Cnet not 3com.
    Incidently no indication there was broadband connection until a quick
    browse with firefox confirmed I was online.
    norm, Feb 26, 2007
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    Conor Guest

    Buy a Realtek 8192 based PCI network card.

    As for too old for broadband? I've used a 486 on it.
    Conor, Feb 26, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Just set the PCs to use DHCP and the router (DHCP server) will do the
    rest. You'll also need to enable File and Printer Sharing, and you may
    struggle to get the passwords to work between XP and 95.
    Windows 3.1 on a 386 will run OK with a broadband.
    If that's the cable you were using before it could be the reason you
    couldn't get a manual connection to work - it's almost certainly
    straight-through, and you probably need a crossover cable to connect the
    two PCs directly. It should be fine for connecting one of the PCs to
    the router.
    Rob Morley, Feb 26, 2007
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    Paul S Guest

    Thanks Rob

    I there a web site with demos describing how to set it up.

    The yellow cable says Crossover on it btw.
    Paul S, Feb 26, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    There are some excellent ones, but I don't remember where they are.
    That'll teach me not to make assumptions. You can probably still use
    it, as most newer switches can figure out what sort of cable they're
    connected to so they don't care if it's straight or crossed.
    Rob Morley, Feb 27, 2007
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