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Help - laptop crashes when networked to desktop

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I have a problem I've never seen before. If I network my desktop and laptop together (both running XP, normal ethernet network) then my laptop will get a blue screen and die (It happens very quickly I cannot read what the blue screen says). Sometimes it happens right away once the network is connected (normally if I boot it up already plugged in), sometimes it takes up to 20 minutes to get the blue screen (if I plug it in once the laptop is already on). If I network the laptop to any other computer it works fine, and if I network my desktop to any other computer it works fine. This happens when they are directly connected (crossover cable) or when they are connected to a switch with other PCs as well.
I am at a loss as to what to do other than reinstall windows on the laptop, but that would be a pain and I don't want to do it yet. Help is appreciated.
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As per our chat convo,

RealTek Drivers.

The downloads aren't working at the moment. :blink:

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