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Hello all.

I just purchased a brand new laptop, my first one, and need to transfer a lot of data from my desktop to my laptop, including gigs of music, video, and documents from school. What is the easiest and most direct way to do this? Is there any way to directly connect them to each other? My new laptop and my desktop pc, as well as another pc, are all on a wireless network, but they cannot see each other. I don't know how to make them see each other and have tried before, with no luck at all. Any advice on the easiest way to do this?

My second question may be slightly easier. I just installed Windows Media Player 11 and have the latest quicktime installed on my computer, and embedded media runs just fine when I use Internet Explorer. I am trying to use Mozilla FireFox and for some reason none of the embedded media will play. It just tells me I need the plugin, which I believe I have. When I click to download the plugin, it says it cannot be found and that I can manually locate it. However, after this I just installed the latest versions of both Quicktime and WMP, but they still wont work in FireFox even though they work in IE.

Am I missing an option here for FireFox about embedded media?

Thanks for any help in advance!
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How did you go about try to get the computers to see each other?
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How did you go about try to get the computers to see each other?



I dont remember exactly, but it was something along the lines of changing the sharing permissions on certain folders to allow them to be seen by each other. However, this didn't work at all. I remember when I tried to share stuff between my two desktops that I believe I just hooked an ethernet cable into each of them directly linking them and did some stuff and that worked, but it somehow messed with my security options and messed up my one pc.
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Switch all the PC's on

Click start, right click my computer, click properties, computer name

Check they all have different names and descriptions

Check they are all in the same workgroup

Check your settings here

http://www.geekstogo...s...st&p=598439
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Keith--

I will take a look at that tutorial later.

I do know for a fact that they are all in the same workgroup and that they are all carrying different names, however, none of them can be seen by each other on the network. I suppose I set it up all wrong.

I dont have the time right now or in the next week to try something so long and to reset the network as I am going to be leaving town on Thursday and have a lot to do to prepare. Is there any other, faster way to just hard link my desktop and laptop together through a cable or usb or something, or is this not possible? Maybe I will just grab a 1gb jumpdrive or something if I find one on sale. [saw one for 20 bucks at target last week]
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Click start, click my network places, click view workgroup computers

What do you get?

All the PC's need to be on

If you don't see any, close any browsers, close the view workgroup computers window, turn the firewall off on all the PC's

Check the view workgroup computers
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Click start, click my network places, click view workgroup computers

What do you get?

All the PC's need to be on

If you don't see any, close any browsers, close the view workgroup computers window, turn the firewall off on all the PC's

Check the view workgroup computers



I just did that and I am not getting any PC's showing up at the moment. Firewalls are all disabled on all of my pc's.
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The options are:

Check through the tutorial from the link in post 4

Click start, my network places, set up a wireless network
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The options are:

Check through the tutorial from the link in post 4

Click start, my network places, set up a wireless network


Okay, thank you for all your help.

When I get some free time I will work through the tutorial and post how it goes. I appreciate all of the help that you gave me and the link.

Cheers.
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if all you're after is pulling the music and pictures from the DT hd to the LD...you could always get a usb HD enclosure and hook the desktop's drive up that way....it SHOULDN"T cause issues when you go to put the drive back in the desktop (hasn't caused issues for me) as long as you return the jumpers back to their original position when you put the drive back in the DT
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Hey Keith!

I went ahead and followed the part of the tutorial on enabling file sharing, and sure enough, it worked like a charm.

My only question is this. I have three PC's.

pc1, pc2, and pc3. PC1 is the one hard wired to my router and the internet, and pc2 and 3 are wireless. I am sharing files from pc3 to the other two. I am not sharing any files beyond the typical shared documents on the other two machines. Will this put me at great risk from hackers or make my files available to anyone online that wants them? My network in the house is secured and password and key protected.

Thanks again.
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Have you got this type

Wireless communications obviously provide potential security issues, as an intruder does not need physical access to the traditional wired network in order to gain access to data communications. However, 802.11 wireless communications cannot be received --much less decoded-- by simple scanners, short wave receivers etc. This has led to the common misconception that wireless communications cannot be eavesdropped at all. However, eavesdropping is possible using specialist equipment.

To protect against any potential security issues, 802.11 wireless communications have a function called WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), a form of encryption which provides privacy comparable to that of a traditional wired network. If the wireless network has information that should be secure then WEP should be used, ensuring the data is protected at traditional wired network levels.

Also it should be noted that traditional Virtual Private Networking (VPN) techniques will work over wireless networks in the same way as traditional wired networks.
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See if this helps

http://www.microsoft...february10.mspx
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I will read that link the morning.

On top of that, I do have WEP enabled as well as a very difficult password that is a random combination of numbers and letters over 12 digits long, so I think I may be safe there lol. I don't have anything incredibly secure or to worry about, but I would prefer to keep my neighbor out of picking up and using my signal, thats all. So, all in all with the WEP they cannot connect without the password, so I am not too worried.

Thanks again for the help!

Now, just need someone to help me reduce the size of my music library to fit adequately on my laptop and not take up 18gb lol!

Thanks again Keith, and whoever wrote that tutorial did a fantastic job.

Cheers!
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