the same. My
computer can not find any workgroups on the network and
ping gives some weird results...
You're going to need to be a lot more specifc here John. How are you
trying to "find" workgroups? How are you pinging? What are you
Networking is 'layered', and the best approach is to solve one layer at
a time before proceeding to the next.
- hardware layer; most network cards have lights. Check that something
lights up both ends when you plug the cable in. If you skip this check
(or if your cards don't have lights) you can waste a lot of time playing
with drivers and TCP/IP settings only to discover later that you had the
wrong network cable.. very frustrating!
- TCP/IP; Your IP addresses are good, but you also need a netmask (it
should be 255.255.255.0 on both machines). You can probably ignore
gateway and DNS at this point. Either machine should be able to
consistently ping the other by IP address. 'weird' results need to be
figured out before you can go any further.
- Once you're sure that you have TCP/IP working you can worry about
samba. Both ends need to have their own name (itchy and scratchy are
good) and share a workgroup name (traditionally "workgroup").
Best of luck; feel free to phone me if you get stuck, I can definately
do 'hardwired' networking!