haha thanks, all good advice but none of its an option, i just did a fresh re-install so i only had paint installed, i'll try that setup out tommow, but i dont think it will work now i would need to bridge to 80.0.213.* in order to get web access its all too annoying so im installing my proxy again. who needs hubs when yourve got a billion network cards about the house !! direct connect with crossover works great everytime, thanks for the reply.
Yay *hops around in a circle*
its all working, i will post detailed info tommow, but all comps have access to each other and the web useing ics and bridge, i have 4 little flashy comps in the right hand of my screen and its all good who needs a switch or a router!! hahah
i am posting this in the hope this might help someone if they need to setup the way i have, seems simple, and i suppose it is (now i know how).
I did not think i would be able to do it by reading the help file in xp about not being able to use bridge and ics together, guess it means the ics server which you should never want to bridge anyway.
right im going to re-write my firewall rules now, thanks for the help....