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Windows 2000 : Direct Cable Connection to Win95/98


for additional information:
See Parallel Technologies' Web Site for detailed information on Windows 2000
to Windows 95/98/ME DirectParallel
® DCC connections:
There are some very helpful Step-By-Step Setup Instructions for setting up
DirectParallel® Direct Cable Connection (DCC) on Windows 95/98/2000/ME:

After defining the
Direct Cable connection, we are ready to make the connection:

From the Dial-Up Connection
, double-click your
In the Connection Dialog,
it does not matter, which username
you defined on connecting to a
Windows95/98/ME system (because these
systems have anyway no User database),
you can use any name.

However: the Password must match
the password defined on the
Windows95/98/ME DCC-host: either
nothing or the password defined.
You should see very quickly the
"verification of username and password"
However, if you get the Error 721,
then either the Direct Connection cable
is not connected or the DCC host is not
if you get this, than you have not been
able to connect due to a mismatch of
username (which does NOT matter on
connecting to a Windows95/98 system)
and the password, which must match the
password defined or NOT defined for the
DCC host
You also need to make a change to
the "Security" settings of your connection
(according to the Microsoft Knowledge
base article Q258299):
Select "Advanced (custom settings)"
and then click on the button "Settings"
Activate to "Allow older MS-CHAP
version for Windows95 server
", then OK.
You will have to agree with "YES"
to use this.

Once you passed the security check,
your system is registered on the network.
And then you should be connected
with the icon in your taskbar.
Double-click the icon in the taskbar
to display the Connection status,
showing the amount of data transferred
and allowing you to disconnect.
Select the tab: "Details" to view the
connection details, like the IP-addresses
assigned to both the DCC host and the
DCC Client.

This information is very helpful:
On my system, the connection is
terminated after a short time, if there is
no data transfer. On the connection
from Windows95/98 to Windows2000,
there is a similar problem, where Microsoft
suggest in Q261276 to create a constant
flow of data by using a repeating PING
I open a Windows 2000 "Command Prompt"
window and run the command:
"PING <dcc-host IP-address> -t",
where you get the DCC-host IP-address from
the Details report above. The option '-t'
keeps the PING command running until
aborted with Cntrl-C.

Now that you have a
connection, you like
to access the data on
the other system:
Use the "My Network Places"
on your desktop, then select
"Computers near Me".

Note the information at the
bottom of the window:
"displays computers in your
workgroup": The workgroup
name on both the DCC host
and Client MUST be the same !

Now, be patient, it can take a
MINUTE before you get an
If you get this error message,
then you did NOT enable on the
Windows95/98 DCC host system
the Browse-Master
(as part of the
File-and-Printer Sharing).
It should display as part of your
workgroup the Windows 9x
DCC host system, which you then
use to display the shared resources
and their content.


you terminate the DCC connection by a right-click on
the taskbar icon, then "Disconnect" or by a double-
click on the icon and using the "Disconnect" button
in the Connection status window.

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