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January 25th, 2003
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I have two computers running Windows 98. Is there any way I can easily transfer data between then by hooking them together with an ethernet cable or something?

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From:treacle_well
Date:January 25th, 2003 06:56 am (UTC)
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Yes. If you use an ethernet cable you'll need a hub (mine is a 4-port NetGear hub, and wasn't very expensive); you'll also need ethernet cards in both machines.

If you don't care about speed, there's also a way to set them up so you can connect them simply via another type of cable and the parallel port, without ethernet cards or a hub. I've probably got an extra cable of the right type that I could give you.

My computers are set up to do either, but it's been a long time since I did the set up so I don't recall the details. If you still need info when I've got time to track it down, let me know.

The latter is called by Windows a "direct cable connection" so you can probably find some info on how to do that by looking up that term in Windows help. Much of what you need to do to setup Windows for a direct cable connection is also necessary for an ethernet connection.
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From:queue
Date:January 25th, 2003 07:13 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the info. I'll see what I can figure out.
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From:treacle_well
Date:January 25th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
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If this is a one-time transfer or short-term thing you're doing, I'd also be happy to loan an ethernet cable and hub for the project (it occurred to me after writing my last comment that since my laptop isn't functional, and I haven't used my Linux machine in ages, I don't currently have anything I'm connecting via ethernet).

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From:beowabbit
Date:January 25th, 2003 11:16 am (UTC)
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For connecting just two computers, instead of a hub you can also use a special Ethernet cable called a "crossover" cable. That should be less than $10 at CompUSA or wherever, although they probably won't have them at your local K-mart. These days hubs are on the order of $50, and then you'd need two lengths of cable as well (but that would be about $5 each).

In either case, you'd need network cards in both machines. If you felt like stopping by, I could lend you a hub and/or a crossover cable, and at least one and probably two PCI Ethernet cards (and/or a PCMCIA Ethernet card) if your PCs don't have Ethernet already. But you'd need to find/download/install drivers for the cards yourself. I wouldn't be able to spend much time helping you with the process, though; it's a pretty busy/stressful weekend for me.
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From:queue
Date:January 25th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's good to know. Thanks.

I think I'm all set now borrowing some stuff from treacle_well, but it's good info to have on hand for the next time I want to do something like this, like if I ever get a new computer.

And I'm glad to hear your water and heat problems are all better :-)
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