OK, so I got my desktop back up and running, but it’s in a room far away from my wireless router, so I can’t run an ethernet cable to it. However, I do have a laptop with a wireless card (how I’m connecting right now,) as well as a hardwire ethernet port. I was told I could easily use the laptop to connect my dekstop to the internet by bridging the connections in the network control panel. I connected the two computers using a crossover cable (as I was told to do,) and when I did that the ‘local area connection’ appeared in the taskbar and tried to get an ip or something on both PCs. It didn’t get any address, but I figured ‘eh’. I go to my laptop network connections, click on both the network connections, and tell them to bridge. When it does that, a new network is created (the bridge), and when it finishes, all three networks (the wireless, the hardwire LAN, and the bridge) have little red X’s and are connected to nothing. I can’t even get the already existing, and previously working, wireless on the laptop to connect, until I cancel the bridge and then it works fine.
So what am I doing wrong? Should I use regular ethernet cablr and not a crossover? Do I need to fiddle faddle with the network properties some more?