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08-16-2002, 11:53 AM
I used a couple different websites to help me connect two computers in my home, both running Windows 98 with DCC. It doesn't work, even though I followed the instructions to the letter. I used these websites to configure it: http://www.lpt.com/Support/DCC-SetUp/dcc-setup.htm and http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Heights/5704/dcc1.html but I keep getting a message that the cable isn't plugged in. I am using a Belkin DCC cable. Can someone help?

08-16-2002, 05:40 PM
There's a lot of info at those sites - I'd guess that details specific to how you set it up might be necessary, even though the links are there. Are you getting the same message on both machines? Are both ports to which the cable is connected active?

Paul Komski
08-16-2002, 09:31 PM
... and are you sure you are using the right type of cable; see this (http://www.me.jhu.edu/~shridhar/dcc.html) maybe.

08-18-2002, 01:51 PM
I am using a Belkin DB25 Male/Male Parallel DCC cable. Both PCs are running Win98.

I am getting the following message when I run DCC: "Cannot connect to the host computer. Make sure you have run Direct Cable Connection on the host computer and you have connected your cable to both computers."

When I try to run the DCC, I start it on the host machine first. And YES, the DCC cable is connected properly to both machines, I have unplugged and replugged them numerous times to make sure of it.

Both computers are configured as follows:

under BIOS: changed the parallel ports on both machines to ECP.

under Network Neighborhood:
1) configuration - Client for Microsoft Networks (set to Logon and restore network connections); Dial-Up Adapter (set to bind with IPX/APX, NetBEUI, and TCP/IP); IPX/SPX, NetBEUI, and TCP/IP (each set to bind with Client for MS Networks and File and printer sharing for MS networks; and finally File and printer sharing for MS networks.
2) identification - each PC has different computer name, both have same workgroup name.
3) access control - share-level access control.

under My Computer:
1) Hard drive C: and CD-ROM drive D: selected for full sharing on both machines.
2) under Device Manager - verified that ports consisted of a working ECP Printer Port (LPT1).

under MS DCC:
1) set one PC as host, the other as guest, both are set to connect to the parallel port, when that didn't work I exchanged roles of host and guest with them and it still gave the same error message. I also tried a regular Male/Male parallel cable, it didn't work either.

Prior to me connecting the PCs with a DCC cable, each PC was connected to its own printer using the parallel ports on each.

I understand that it would be simpler to connect with a couple of NICs, but neither computer has NICs in them, and I wanted to connect them as cheap as possible. :rolleyes:

08-18-2002, 06:54 PM
Would anything here (http://www.lpt.com/Support/DccCommonProblemsAndSolutions/dcccommonproblemsandsolutions.htm) or here (http://www.drd.dyndns.org/howto/HowTo-DCC.txt) be of help?

Paul Komski
08-18-2002, 07:18 PM
As far as I know you will need the parallel ports to be bi-directional. ECP/EPP are generally for fast printing to such enabled printers and also require drivers for the ports.

It certainly sounds like the initial problem is that the two computers are not even trying to start a conversation (you dont even get to the ..connecting to or ... listening for) and that implies a faulty setup with the ports or the cables. I've always used serial cables - quite fast enough - and allows the printer to remain attached (and shared).

Don't think its related to this - but you didn't confirm that your Primary logon is Microsoft Network and not Windows.