The following web site says a "null modem serial cable" as indicated by the short bit I copied from it. So I think Gary is right - you can't use a regular serial cable. http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/answerstips/story/0,24330,3000467,00.ht ml A quick and easy way to connect two PCs is to use a direct cable connection (DCC). You'll need to purchase either a USB cable, parallel port cable, null modem serial cable, or you can get a crossover cable. After you've tracked a cable down, connect the two computers together by inserting the cable into the correct port. Here are a couple of other websites that discuss Direct Cable Connection. http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/answerstips/story/0,24330,3316458,00.ht ml http://freepages.computers.rootsweb.com/~kthompson/dcc.html Don On Sat, 10 Apr 2004 17:00:58 -0700 "Sin" <DanOzuna@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes: > > I think Gary is confusing a straight through cable with the serial > cable. > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 2:20 PM > Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: Transferring data from old to new > computer > > > > > > Gary: > > > > Dell recommends a serial cable in their manual. I've rechecked > more then > once. > > > > Paul K. > > > > At 09:00 AM 4/10/2004, you wrote: > > > > > >In a message dated 4/10/04 6:47:52 AM Central Daylight Time, > > >peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes: > > > > > > > I tried a serial port link because I happened to have the > cable on > > > hand. It > > > > didn't work and I later learned that this a fairly common > occurrence, > but > > > > failed to find an explanation on the web of reasons for > failure or > how to > > > > remedy the condition > > > > > > You are aware that a regular serial cable won't work? It has > to be > > >a crossover cable, if I remember correctly. Gary ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the Internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the Web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.