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Chapter 28. Life on the Run: Notebook Co... > Linking Your Notebook and Desktop Co... - Pg. 269

Life on the Run: Notebook Computing 269 Whenever you start your notebook, Windows attempts to determine which configuration to use. If Windows can't make this determination, it displays a list of available configurations: Original Con- figuration and Docked. Type the number next to the configuration you want to use. Linking Your Notebook and Desktop Computers Windows includes a feature called Direct Cable Connection, which enables you to connect two computers using a serial or parallel cable. After the computers are connected, you can use one computer to link to the other computer and use its files, programs, and printer just as if you were typing at its keyboard. The Direct Cable Connection is especially useful if you need to transfer large amounts of data from one computer to another. Set Up a Connection To set up a direct cable connection, you must connect the serial or parallel ports on the two com- puters using a data or file transfer cable. A standard parallel printer or serial modem cable will not work. Connecting the parallel ports is the preferred method because they transfer data 10­15 times faster than the serial ports. After you have installed the cable, you must set up one computer as the host and the other as the guest. The host usually is the more powerful of the two computers--typically the desktop PC. Take the following steps to set up the connection in Windows: 1. 2. Turn off the two computers, connect them with the required cable, and turn them back on. On the host computer, choose Start, Programs, Accessories, Direct Cable Connection. (If Direct Cable Connection is not listed, see "Installing and Uninstalling Windows Components" in