hello. i've looked on microsoft.com and in the help url's located in the rules of this forum. still no luck i'm trying to do a very simple connect between two laptops with a firewire cable. one computer is firewire enabled, the other has a pcmcia firewire card. sadly, i've done this before and it worked like candy, i didn't have to touch anything and the instant i hooked up the firewire cable, i saw the shared folders popup and bam. but i've formatted one of the hd's since and reinstalled xp pro. and now whenever i try, nothing happens. the firewire connection is working (the little notification is in the taskbar saying my ieee 1394 connect is up), but i can't see any of the shared folders on the other computer. that is, i can only see shared folders on each computer, but not shared folders on the OTHER computer. i'm clueless what to do. help / support included with xp, is pathetic. no help whatsoever. can someone give me a pointer where i might be going wrong? or how i can further test where the problem might be? thank you!