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PCs connected via crossed Ethernet cable can't access each other

I have a Pentium 1 PC (166 MHz, 32 MB RAM) connected to a Pentium P4 PC (3.06GHz, 512 MB RAM) via a crossed Ethernet cable. However, the two computers are rarely able to access each other. Most of the time the first computer cannot be seen from the second.

Is there a conflict arising somewhere? Please note that I have two operating systems installed on my new PC (in two separate partitions).

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Be sure that both machines are configured with IP addresses on the same network, and verify that both have the same subnet mask. For example, configure machine 1 with an IP of with a subnet mask of, and machine 2 with an IP of with a subnet mask of

This was first published in March 2006

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