[ubuntu] Crossover cable issue with ethernet card

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hey everybody, I just bought a crossover ethernet cable hoping to transfer some files between my two laptops - an eee running eeebuntu and the other, a dell 600m (really old) running ubuntu 9.10. I plugged in the crossover cable to the eee, no problem - it found it and everything. The other end goes into the my dell - and nothing happens. I don't understand what the issue can be, since the ethernet card works fine, since I've been using a wired internet connection for the past few months as the wireless card is old and not very good. Does anyone know what the issue could be? Thanks, Andreas (Hardware)