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04-01-2003, 02:35 PM
can anyone suggest how I can exchange data between two W98 PC's without using network cards

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04-01-2003, 02:43 PM
Don't think it is possible (... yes, even though everything is with bit of thought).

Would be interested to find out how

Graham L
04-01-2003, 02:43 PM
DCC, or Interlink. These will use a "null-modem serial cable", or a "Laplink compatible" parallel cable. DCC (Direct Cable Connection) should be in the Communications part of Windows, Interlink is a DOS6 thing, but it should be in the "OLDDOS" part of your W9x CD.

Terry Porritt
04-01-2003, 02:44 PM
You can use Direct Cable Connection, it is explained in Windows Help.
Another way is to use a DOS program.
A very good DOS program (shareware) is parcp,


I found this worth paying for and it went much better, easier and faster than DCC. The draw-back is you have to change the connections on a parallel cable and its not free.

I was using 15 metres of parallel cable which is quite a record I believe.

Stumped Badly
04-01-2003, 03:08 PM
It's a fairly starightforward & simple process & you have 2 options.
Parallel or USB.
I've used both in the past & they are very easy to set up.
Rather than try & expain the process here & confuse you further, try this site.
Site design is a shocker but all the info you will need is there.

Dicky smith should have all you need, check out http://www.dse.co.nz for what is available.
The USB option will be a bit dearer but will give better performance.

Good Luck.

Graham L
04-01-2003, 03:08 PM
DEC used to sell 100 ft printer cables. Of course they used the "centronics" standard with proper OC drivers and terminations in the printers. The 12 ft limit on PC printer cables is an artefact of the IBM corruption of the standard.

The second response from a search of this site using "interlink" will find a thread on this subject (This thread is the first response :D). Merlin gives a pair of links to dos client and dos server. Might be worth a try.

Or Kermit. I've always liked Kermit. :D :D :D

04-01-2003, 03:47 PM
1. floppy disks
2. removable hard drives
3. DCC
4. DOS Interlnk
5. USB
and numerous others

1. floppy disks - no connection required. Drawback is limited file size. Also known as sneakernet.
2. removable hard drives - no connection required. Drawbacks are cost and cannot be removed with computers switched on. Another version of sneakernet.
3. DCC - connection required. Drawback is transfer speed. Advantage is software is included with Windows. Instructions here (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;298446). Recommended for the cheapskate.
4. DOS Interlnk - connection required. Can be used in Windows. Drawbacks aretransfer speed and CD drives are not recognised.
5. USB - connection required. Drawback is cost. Advantage is software is included with Windows from version 95B onwards.
Numerous others normally incur additional cost.