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Network problems in pc/pc file transfer


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CaseyVonZombie

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So I have the common scenario of having a new laptop I want to transfer files to from a desktop, and I even have a crossover cable.

I was able to change their IP's so that they are in a direct connection, and I can even ping them. Through this I'm pretty sure that they're technically communicating with each other ( with this guide http://www.herongyan...crossover.html)

However, when I look on Network Mapping, they do not appear on each other's Browse lists. My laptop is Vista, and my desktop is XP, but I don't think that is a problem, since I'm not trying to transfer OS specific files (just music and photos)

I am sure that a firewall is not affecting this, since I ahve turned off both Norton and Windows firewalls during these attempts.

If I can get these two computers on the same network, I know how to transfer files, but its this initial hurdle I can't even get over.

So does anyone know what might be causing this lack of network connectivity, and how to fix it?

Edited by CaseyVonZombie, 24 June 2007 - 01:35 AM.

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Hi CaseyVonZombie,

First of all, I'd highly recommend that you follow the steps listed in this Microsoft guide in relation to setting up a Vista machine -- File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista. You may also like to ensure that you have actually shared some files/folders on the XP machine -- to do this, right-click on any file/folder that you would like to share, select Sharing and Security.. --> Ensure that Share this folder on the network is ticked. If it is not, tick it and then press Apply.
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Yes, I am sharing my C drive from my desktop, which I want to transfer certain files from TO my laptop, and it is in the shared docs folder, with sharing enabled, with firewalls down. They aren't detecting each others networks though =(
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If you just want to move files over occasionaly I would recommend that you set up one machine as an FTP server and the other as a client. It's usually best to put the server on the machine you're moving the files to and the client on the other machine, but not essential. You can get a nice easy to use client and server here:

www.ftpshell.com

It's simpler than setting up file and printer sharing.
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On both computers, please do the following:
  • Goto Start -> Run -> Type CMD -> Press <Enter>.
  • In the command prompt window, type: ipconfig /all
  • You can copy/paste the results by right-clicking on the command prompt window, selecting Select All and then pressing the <Enter> key. This will copy it to your clipboard, allowing you to paste it here.
Note down the XP computer's IP address. From the Vista computer, attempt a "brute" connection to the XP machine by going to Start -> Run -> Now type: \\XP_IP

eg. If the Windows XP computer has the IP: 192.168.1.1 you would type: \\192.168.1.1

What happens when you do this?
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