Ok before you go mad trying to work this out there is one thing I notice on the web site you were pointed to and most network guides are the same. They have left out the step of where you have to either create a floppy disk for the 98 machine or run the xp disc in the 98 machine. This is to install a file that is needed.
You will need either a cross over cable to go from network card to network card or a hub or switch.
Then on the XP machine you run the network wizard which will ask you to create a disk for the 98 machine. If you do not have a floppy drive then you can put the XP cd into the 98 machine and run it from there when it starts you choose other from the list
To start the Network Setup Wizard, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. Under Common Tasks, click Network Setup Wizard.
• Run the Network Setup Wizard on the host computer first. The host computer is the one that will share its Internet connection.
• During the Network Setup Wizard, it is recommended that you create a floppy disk to run the Network Setup Wizard on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium computers on your network.
• The Network Setup Wizard can only be run on computers using Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows XP.
If you do not have a floppy drive on the xp machine then you put the xp disc in the 98 machine.
When the disc starts choose the option Perform additional task> Setup a home or small office network.
Folow the prompts.
Any problems let me know.
Edited by peterm, 12 January 2007 - 05:25 PM.