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polyprop

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i have a realtek network card installed in "pc1" when this is on the light on the back of the network card is on,when i turn "pc2" on the light on pc1 goes off,the light on pc2 is on,i am having trouble connecting these 2 i have XP on both,does both lights have to be on,is the card not working right,any help.
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rodneyck

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If you are connecting two computers together via a network cards in your pci slots then you need a special cable called a crossover cable, a regular ethernet cable won't do.

There are threads on this site, I suggest doing a search under crossover cable to find out how other users set up two machines up, but basically that's all you need if you are only connecting two computers. If you connect more, you will need to purchase a network hub.

I use a crossover cable with two computers, but had trouble with WindowXP's built in networking, it's not all that good and was very slow for me until I used Sygate's Home Network, fast and works like a dream.

Here is the url:
http://soho.sygate.com/products/gate_ov.htm

Hope that helps.
 

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