I've just purchased a laptop and have been attempting to hook it up to my desktop via a simple home network. The laptop and desktop are connected together by a firewire cable, and the desktop hooks up to the net by cable modem.
Now here's the problem - while the network itself seems to work fine and I can move fies between machines with no problems, the laptop just cannot see the internet. I see that several others have had similar problems recently but none of the resulting threads seem to have any advive specific to my situation.
Here are what I hope are the relevant points:
1. Both machines are running XP Home
2. Internet Connection Sharing is enabled on the desktop.
2. The desktop's "Internet connections" dialog box shows two connections:
(a) Internet connection via cablemodem: connected, shared. IP address is obtained automatically
(b) Firewire connection to laptop: connected. IP address is 192.168.0.1
3. The laptop's "internet connections" dialog box shows:
(a) Internet Gateway, internet connection via cablemodem on desktop, connected.
(b) LAN: (i)local area network (standard ethernet connector) disabled
(ii) Wireless network connection, not connected
(iii) firewire connection to desktop, connected. IP address obtained automatically.
4. Both machines' internet firewalls are off though they are both running Zone Alarm.
As I said, the two machines talk to each other and the desktop connects to the net but the laptop can't see it at all. I've probably missed something obvious but I'm stumped. Any advice gratefully received. Please bear in mind that I don't have a clue what "pinging" is nor what "cmd" commands are, so any diagnostics you suggest I run involving these approaches will need explaining in detail.
Thanks in anticipation.