Here's the deal. Step by step. *sighs* 1) I have a macbook that boots into Windows XP. 2) I have a desktop PC that has XP 3) I have an ethernet cord. 4) The macbook has a working wireless router internet connection. 5) The router is NOT within range. It is many rooms away in the house. It would cost 200 dollars for a cord in range. I want to be able to: 1) Connect the ethernet cord and have a active ethernet connection 2) Being able to play games over the lan with the other computer near my desk with my brother 3) Not damage keyboard from frustration in process. Here's what I've tried. 1) I tried setting the ip of the laptop to 192.168.0.50, the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 (the router's 255.255.255.248). The same subnet mask for the desktop and an ip of 192.168.0.100 -- FAIL 2) I tried giving my laptop an ip of 192.168.0.34 and have the desktop get the ip and everything autmatically. -- FAIL 3) I tried yelling. -- FAIL 4) I tried praying to Gates -- FAIL! 5) I tried 3 different cords, all with the same results. -- FAIL 6) I tried setting both computers to get the ip info "automatically". One would eventually say "limited connectivity". 7) I tried disabling the wireless for each of these different tries. -- FAIL Now I can access all shared folders from each computer. When I do so, packets are exchanged. Same with pinging. The cable should be good. I have pics if you need them. I even tried some carp called NetBEUIS. Didn't work. Hmm. What else did I do? Now this was ALL working until suddenly one day it stopped. I don't remember the setup. It was weeks ago when I set it up. I've also tried all "wizards" that XP wanted me to. No dice there. I am SO desperate to get this to work. I would like to eventually share the net connection between computers,but if I had to eventually turn that off, that would ok too. (I had to when it WAS working). Please. Any advice appreciated!