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    Angry WinXP networking troubles


    I have a DSL broadband connection going to a Switch, which goes to my Xbox, my roommates Mac G4, and then to NIC 1 in my Computer A (a PC). I then have a network cable going from NIC 2 in Computer A to a NIC on Computer B (also a PC). Both Comps A and B are running Win XP Pro. I can't get Comp B to connect to the internet when sharing the internet connection with ICS from NIC 1 on Comp A. The wizard is not helping, and I am darn sure I know what I am doing. Even with all the cables connected, Comp A NIC 2 is showing "A network cable is unplugged". The same is showing with the NIC on Comp B. This is very weird here: one time, after disabling all proxy server usage on Comp B, I restarted both computers, and Comp B was able to surf the internet, but not check email or connect with Messenger Services. Comp A remained connected to the internet with everything working. Both Comp A, NIC 2 and Comp B's NIC showed "A network cable is unplugged", even though Comp B was able to surf the web. I can't make this happen again. What is going on here? and what can I do to get Comp A and B to communicate and share the IC???
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    Are you sure you have a crossover cable going between the two NICs on the PCs? You can't use a normal cable between two NIC cards.
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    i am using a crossover cable.....it's so strange....i got it to work again where only Internet Explorer was allowing some surfing on comp B, but still not email or Messenger services.....still perplexed!!!!.....i created a bridge between the 1394 adapter and my NIC 2 successfully on comp A, and now the NIC's no longer say, "A network cable is unplugged" on either comp....so the comps are connected....are there some settings i'm missing here?
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    on comp A, add bridge between both NICs/nets

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