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Chapter 16. A Movable Feast: Windows XP ... > Setting Up a Direct Connection Betwe... - Pg. 190

A Movable Feast: Windows XP and Your Notebook Computer 190 Figure 16.4. Right-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon to see a list of all your plugged-in devices. Yanking Out a PC Card Device This hot-swapping thing should really be called tepid swapping because you can't just grab out a PC Card device by the scruff of the neck and drag it out of the slot. Such willy-nillyness is frowned upon. Instead, you need to tell Windows XP which device you're giving the heave-ho. This gives Windows a chance to shut down the device. Here's the easiest way to go about this: 1. 2. 3. Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon. Windows XP displays a list of the devices attached to your system. Click the device you want to remove. Your computer beeps, and Windows XP displays a mes- sage telling you it's safe to remove the device. Click the message and then remove the device. (On most notebooks, you do this by pushing a button beside the socket.) If your computer is turned off, you can just go ahead and spit out the device without any danger. Note, too, that another way to go about this is to display the Safely Remove Hardware dialog box (as described in the previous section), highlight the device you want to spit out, and then click Stop. Setting Up a Direct Connection Between Two Computers Instead of using floppies to transfer files between your notebook and another machine, connect them with a cable and then perform the transfers along that cable. What kind of cable do you need? Windows XP gets along with two kinds: