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    Connecting 2 PC

    Is it possible to connect a desktop pc and a laptop using a USB or some other cable, in order that files could be shared. The desktop is running VISTA and the laptop has Win XP.

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    You can use usb or firewire but I don't recommend it. The normal means is to setup a network, using ethernet cable or wifi. If you don't already have a network setup, then you could connect the two together in adhoc using a ethernet crossover cable or use wifi. Most home users setup a home network using a wireless router. This way they can share the same internet connection and share files between all the pc's.

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    The person who has the desktop and laptop does not have internet access nor a router, but is looking to transfer files back and forth

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    Thumbdrives work great.

    And if the data is stuff like graphics they would hate to lose, burn them to a data cd/dvd as backup and then transfer them.

    May even want to get a USB harddrive.

    Lots of options available, just have to figure out what works best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunJimT View Post
    The person who has the desktop and laptop does not have internet access nor a router, but is looking to transfer files back and forth
    They don't need Internet access to use a crossover cable connection. In fact a cheap, regular ethernet cable can be converted into a crossover cable if they can't get one. It's not really that hard.

    A tutorial for that can be found here:
    http://www.littlewhitedog.com/content-8.html

    (They don't necessarily need all the tools. If they can get by with a steak knife, some electrical tape and spite, then that'll do fine).

    All they have to do once they've built or acquired a crossover cable is plug either machine into each other using the cable via ethernet ports, then set up their home network. I'd tell you how to do that but I'm rushed in finishing this message so I'll try later.
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    how about using laptop wifi or bluetooth but your desktop should have usb wifi /Bluetooth also.

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    Apologies for jumping into a discussion. The question and answers have made me curious. I happened to be reading my cyberguys catalog and noticed the cross over cables, plus other related items (all inexpensive). I am wondering what is the difference between a standard ethernet cable and a crossover. They look the same. Is it in the wiring?
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    Same type of cable, but different pairs are crossed.

    How to Create RJ-45 Patch Cables (EIA 568-B)

    1 WHT/ORG
    2 ORG/WHT
    3 WHT/GRN
    4 BLU/WHT
    5 WHT/BLU
    6 GRN/WHT
    7 WHT/BRN
    8 BRN/WHT


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    How to Make an RJ-45 Crossover Cable

    Connector #1 (EIA 568-B)
    1 WHT/ORG
    2 ORG/WHT
    3 WHT/GRN
    4 BLU/WHT
    5 WHT/BLU
    6 GRN/WHT
    7 WHT/BRN
    8 BRN/WHT

    Connector #2 (EIA 568-A)
    1 WHT/GRN
    2 GRN/WHT
    3 WHT/ORG
    4 WHT/BLU
    5 BLU/WHT
    6 ORG/WHT
    7 BRN/WHT
    8 WHT/BRN

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