Two PCs, one piece of wet string

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by nic, May 22, 2004.

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    nic Guest

    Hi there

    I have two PCs (one ME, one XP) and a firewire cable (with appropriate
    ports therefor in each machine).

    I want to be able shift files from one machine to the other (both ways, on
    an ongoing basis) over a simple bit of wire. I don't need to do any sharing
    of printers/ISP connections or anything fancy like that and don't really
    want to shell out on hubs/bridges etc.

    Can someone tell me (using very short words and sentences) how I can set
    them up so as to be able to move files between them.


    nic, May 22, 2004
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    Henry Guest

    forget firewire it wont work. Buy a USB data transfer cable, make sure it
    comes with software ie Genelink or similar. Approx $10 (£15) on eBay

    works a treat for me......

    Henry, May 22, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I'd guess that the firewire port will show up as a serial connection in
    Direct Cable Connection.
    Rob Morley, May 22, 2004
  4. nic

    Rob Morley Guest

    What gives you that idea?
    Rob Morley, May 22, 2004
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    deKay Guest

    Soni tempori elseu romani yeof helsforo nisson ol sefini ill des Sat, 22 May
    2004 12:54:05 +0100, sefini jorgo geanyet des mani yeof do
    uk.comp.home-networking, yawatina tan reek esk Rob Morley
    If both machines were XP, he could just connect them together and it would
    "just work". Firewire ports show up as network connections under XP.

    As for ME, I don't know.

    deKay, May 22, 2004
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    deKay Guest

    Soni tempori elseu romani yeof helsforo nisson ol sefini ill des Sat, 22 May
    2004 11:35:27 +0000 (UTC), sefini jorgo geanyet des mani yeof do
    Firewire WILL work, and will be quicker then USB.

    deKay, May 22, 2004
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    Henry Guest

    then why not tell us how its done............saying "it will work" is of no

    Henry, May 22, 2004
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    Conor Guest

    Because plenty of people try and end up in here asking how to get it to
    Conor, May 22, 2004
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    Tone-EQ Guest

    Tone-EQ, May 22, 2004
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    deKay Guest

    Soni tempori elseu romani yeof helsforo nisson ol sefini ill des Sat, 22 May
    2004 16:24:59 +0000 (UTC), sefini jorgo geanyet des mani yeof do
    As I have said - with two XP machines you just connect them together.
    Literally. I don't know if this is the case with ME or not, but I know it
    will still work - it just might need more software and/or configuration.

    deKay, May 22, 2004
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    nic Guest



    ..have tried DCC (bearing in mind that 2 hours ago I didn't know it existed)
    and :

    On the ME machine:

    The only ports available are :

    Parallel Cable on LPT1

    Serial Cable on COM1

    Tried "Install new ports", but got "Could not find a new port in the
    system. If a new port actually exists, reboot your system and try again"
    (which I did and it didn't change owt). The Firewire port on the ME machine
    is via a PCMCIA card - I guess that's why I can't see it in DCC/DUN. (Both
    machines are laptops, btw. The firewire cable was plugged in both ends as I
    did this, also btw)

    On the XP machine:

    I can't find any mention of DCC in XP (apart from a help link about to how
    to buy a USB cable converter from DirectParallel). Is it embedded in
    "Network Connections"?

    I tried.

    Network Connections>Create a New Connection>Advanced>Connect Directly to
    another computer>

    ...similarly, this only shows the IR port and Direct Parallel(LPT1) ports as
    being available (the XP machine has infrared, ME doesn't). It's the same
    whether I select Guest or Host. I am logged in as administrator. (Btw, if I
    follow that dialog through to the end (choosing "LPT1"), it doesn't seem to
    have done anything (i.e. there is no new icon under 'incoming connections"))

    The Firewire connection DOES show up as "Enabled" in Network Connections (on
    the XP machine). I can ping it's IP from the ME machine and if I unplug the
    cable at the ME end, the XP machine tells me that I have done so.

    Sooooo..I guess that the basic connectivity works, which begs the question
    "how do I actually transfer files over it?". I would have thought I would
    see the (other) HDD as a remote drive under "My Computer", but I don't (on
    either machine). Any suggestions ?

    Thanks again

    nic, May 22, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Assuming that you have file sharing set up on both machines, and have
    shared some folders, just type
    in the Run box and if you're lucky it will pop up in an Explorer window.
    If that works you can map the network drives so that they appear in My
    Rob Morley, May 23, 2004
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    Henry Guest

    your in the right hands there Nic with Rob and deKay.

    best of luck

    Henry, May 23, 2004
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    nic Guest



    Thanks for the pointers. As it happens, the damn XP machine has just
    totally died* (blinking cursor, won't Restore). I suspect I won't be able
    to try them out until he's come back from a trip to the factory.



    * - Higrade Ultinote- comes shipped with a HDD partition with recovery files
    on and no external recovery discs (I thought that sounded a bit dodgy when I
    bought it). Original error was "MBR Error", attempted Restore does 20
    minutes of "Formatting hard drive partition on NTFS file" then "Cannot
    format user partition, OK", if anyone fancies a stab at that one!!
    nic, May 23, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Make sure that any anti-virus setting is switched off in the BIOS - this
    usually prevents writing to the MBR. If you get an MBR error again try
    booting from floppy and run fdisk /mbr to write a clean copy without
    going through the restore process. You could always get hold of a copy
    of XP (copy from a friend or work, download from usenet) as you have a
    legitimate license.
    Rob Morley, May 23, 2004
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    Tx2 Guest

    Hopefully they'll

    also teach him

    that he doesn't need to

    put loads of


    in between lines

    with a bit of luck!
    Tx2, May 23, 2004
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