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Struggle to set up a LAN (having done it before)

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This is a long post, I tried it on another site, without luck. My IT guy is in Cape Town and could not help me either. I recently swopped laptops at work and this is when it started. At the same time, my so created new user accounts for all of us, so I am not sure what the culprit was

I have a desktop and a laptop, both connecting directly to my ADSL modem/router. The modem then obviously connects to the phone line. The setup now allows good connection to the internet. (Please see attachment)

My problem is to get the two computers to connect and talk/share/synchronise. I use Windows XP on both.

If I open control panel on both computers, go to Network connections, it gives me 2 connections. A Local Area Connection and a 1394 connection. What I have done in the past was to right click on the 1394 connection, go to properties, go to Internet Protocol, then to properties, and then click on "use the following IP address" I would name one computer and the other, in subnet mask in both computers, I would use Then it would connect to each other. Now it does not. If I do that with the LA Connection, I lose my internet connection

These are their info:
IP address:
DNS servers:

IP address:
DNS servers:

If I PING from the one to the other, I get a response. So it means they are connected?!

To start with the laptop:
If I go Start-My computer-Entire network-Microsoft Windows network-I get MS Home. If I open that, I see the Desktop PC. If I open that, I see the shared folders on the desktop. If I click on those, I get the error message, which I took a screenshot of. (attachment)

At the desktop, the following happens:
Go to My computer-Network places-then it just shows the shared folders on the desktop (previously it also showed the shared folders on the laptop)

Is there anyone that can help me?

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If both of your computers connect directly to the modem, then it should give them both IP addresses and no other setup is needed other than making sure they network connection is setup to obtain IP info automatically.

The easiest thing to do is to connect your modem to a router then to the two computers.
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Give This tutorial by SpaceCowboy706 a read, it's got just about everything you'd need to know.

you've probably got some permissions issues or something going on
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