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OK, I am trying to setup a Local Area Network.
I have two old computers with Windows 2000 on them.
I have identical ethernet cards installed on them.
They are called 3COM Etherlink XL PCI TPO NIC(3C900B-TPO)
Device Manager says they are working properly.
Now I connected the computers with what I think is a crossover cable(The ends look like a phone cables but they are wider looking)
When I started up the computers, i guess the drivers were stock with windows 2000. Anyway yeah so it created a Local Area Network on my one computer but on the other computer it created Local Area Network 2 for some reason and when i tried connecting it said that the network cable was unplugged. I tried unplugging the cables and pluging them back in. I tried enabling and disabling. I tried restarting.

What should I do?
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what I think is a crossover cable

If you don't know it's a crossover cable, then you need to find out. They are cheap, so a good way to check is to just go down to your local computer store and buy one. If you're still having problems and you KNOW it's a crossover cable, post back here and we'll continue with some other options.
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You know it is a crossover cable if you compare the ends, if the wires in each end are in the same order then it is straight through. If the wires are in a different order, most noticable are the orange wires and the green wires are in different places then it is a crossover cable.
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