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Thread: Direct cable connection between Ubuntu 12.04 and Win 7 not working

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    Direct cable connection between Ubuntu 12.04 and Win 7 not working

    Hi All,

    PC A is a laptop running 12.04 from an external hard drive. PC B is a Win 7 laptop running Win 7. I have an ethernet cable directly connecting them both. There's no router or ethernet hub or switch. I've spent a number of hours trying to view the Win PC from PC A. Nothing has worked. On PC A I've installed Samba, gvfs etc. On PC B I've enabled network sharing, etc.

    How can I get PC A to see the files on PC B? I've spent hours googling for solutions and looking on various Ubuntu forums. Nothing has worked.

    On PC A the network icon is showing 2 thick arrows pointing up and down which means something is connected.

    I keep getting the errors: "Nautilus cannot handle "network" locations." and "Failed to retrieve share list from server".

    Any solutions? Thanks,

    Advait
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    Re: Direct cable connection between Ubuntu 12.04 and Win 7 not working

    Have you confirmed that the ethernet cable is a "crossover" cable, not a "standard" cable? A crossover cable has some pins swapped so the devices can talk to each other; a standard cable needs a hub or router.
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    Re: Direct cable connection between Ubuntu 12.04 and Win 7 not working

    Have you manually set the IP Addresses on both computers? With a direct network connection there will not be a DHCP Server to assign IP Addresses.

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    Re: Direct cable connection between Ubuntu 12.04 and Win 7 not working

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Have you confirmed that the ethernet cable is a "crossover" cable, not a "standard" cable? A crossover cable has some pins swapped so the devices can talk to each other; a standard cable needs a hub or router.
    Ahhh... Interesting. That's probably it. I'll try to track down a crossover cable. Thanks!
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