kaled - 4:46 pm on Jun 18, 2008 (gmt 0) Kaled.
What is really frustrating to me is that I am directly connecting two computers together using a Cat 5E cable.
I have done this many times and it is always troublesome. If you use static IP addresses, have the right protocols installed (Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, TCP/IP) and no firewalls, it should work but in my experience is usually flaky. (Also ensure that there is at least one shared resource on each computer.) If you get it working without firewalls, you can then experiment with firewall settings.