Aug 9, 2011
Attempts to run remote desktop client a laptop on a tower using a CAT 5 Crossover isn't working. After starting the remote desktop on the laptop, I'm asked to identify the other computer, which I do, and a remote desktop window with a black background pops up, as expected. But I expect an opportunity to login will be displayed after a second or so. That never happens. After about a minute this pops up:Remote Desktop Disconnected?Your Remote Desktop session has ended.The connection to the remote computer was lost, possibly due to network connectivity problems. Try connecting to the remote computer again. If the problem continues, contact your network administrator or technical support.
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My clients are impressed with my ability to setup their networks, Linksys routers with WIFI. But toss something unfamiliar into the mix, like this situation, and I'm pretty lost, pretty quick.
Laptop running XP Home with WIFI and Ethernet.
Tower running Win 7 Ultra with Ethernet.
Cat 5 crossover cable.
Goal:Configure laptop to access Hospital's WIFI. This is successful, I'm using it to post this. Configure laptop run a remote desktop with the tower as the server. The tower, running Win 7, has no monitor. I don't have a flat screen monitor, and didn't feel like dragging an 80 pound 24 inch Nokia into the hospital.After reading some sites while trying to figure this out, I gave the laptop the same group name, workgroup, as the tower.In my experience, starting the tower has been, turn it on, and it boots to Win 7. But I can't watch that happen without a monitor. I can't configure the the tower's network connections without a monitor either.I purchased the CAT 5 crossover cable yesterday, for this occasion. The label on the plastic bag it was packaged in had the word "Crossover" on it. I connect the CAT 5 to the laptop's single ethernet connection, and to the tower's Intel pro card. At home the laptop is on WIFI, the tower connects to the router.