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problem setting up home network w/2 PCs

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If I've overlooked a thread where my question is answered, please forgive me and point me to it. :blink:

I have two Micron Millennia PCs which were both bought in 2000. I am trying to network them with a cross-over cable connected two each of their ethernet cards. Here are the details:

Computer 1:
Windows XP Professional
2 Ethernet cards (one is hooked up to the Internet)
DSL connection

Computer 2:
Windows XP Home
1 Ethernet card

I did the Network Setup Wizard on both. Their IP addresses are the same except for the fourth (last) number. In Network Places when I click View Connections, it says that it is connected. However, I cannot get to the other computer's files, nor can I ping it. Before I reinstalled XP on Computer 1, I got it to the point where I could successfully ping using the IP address, but now I can't even do that. However, when I turn off Computer 2, Computer 1 gives me a message saying that there is limited or no connectivity on that connection.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! :whistling:
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