Direct Cable Connect Setup Instructions

PLEASE NOTE: Each of the settings in this document are critical in getting direct cable connect to operate. You may encounter other problems with your computer hardware such as the ports not being correctly configured, defective cable or other installed programs causing trouble. Consider trying one of the commercial alternatives in the event you just can't get it going. Only consider tech support options that charge a one time - per incedent solved fee, as contrasted to a time based fee that could cost far more than what the feature is worth before the problem is solved.

Make Sure You Have Performed Setup Procedure on BOTH Computers

Select Host and Guest Computer

Connect the file transfer cable and note the port used for the host and the guest.

Note: Provided both connections are serial, or both parallel it does not matter if one is com1 and the other com4 etc.

Dial-In Policy Check (Optional Test/Plus Pack):

On the HOST computer, click Acessories/System Tools/System Policy Editor:
This program comes on the Windows 95 CD or is availiable for free download.

Local Computer Properties/ Network/ Dial-Up Networking /DeSelect 
Disable Dialin See Also KB Article #Q142178

Verify dial-in has not been disabled on the Host if you are connected to a LAN or experience trouble connecting with DCC. This setting, if disabled, has been reported to prevent connection on later versions of Windows 95. Instalation notes.

Launch the "Direct Cable Connect" utility in windows 95 (It is probably in the "Accessories" menu.)

Image of the Direct Cable Connect Client

Click Change

Select HOST click NEXT>

Select the cable where you will connect click NEXT>

If the port you are using does not appear, click the "Install New Ports" button and follow the directions. In the event this fails you have not correctly installed the port into Windows 95. It should appear in the System display for Control Panel.

Dont bother with the password, click NEXT>

Status: Waiting for remote computer ...


Launch the "Direct Cable Connect" utility on the Guest:

Click Change

select guest   click NEXT>

Select the cable where you will connect click NEXT>

You Have Successfully Set Up The Guest Computer

Click Finish

The connecting panel on both computers should be Verifying Password

Using Direct Cable Connect

Direct cable connect should now be configured for operation on your computers. It is not required to setup the HOST/GUEST settings again unless the location of the cable is changed. Clicking LISTEN/CONNECT bypasses the setup procedure using the last known configuration.

Note: It is not wise to disconnect the cable during file transfers. You should click CLOSE on the Direct Cable Connection box before unplugging or shutting down one of the computers.

Using Windows Explorer, Locate the directcc.exe
Program in the Windows Directory, Click File-Create Sortcut...

If you intend to use DCC often, create a shortcut and drag it onto your desktop for convenience.

Images Showing a Shortcut to DCC

You may create a shortcut on the desktop or access the feature by clicking START - Programs - Accessories - Direct Cable Connection.

Waiting to Connect/Is Guest Computer Working?(HOST Computer Display)

Start DCC on the HOST computer first by clicking LISTEN. When the HOST is ready, the image above should appear. Now start DCC on the guest by clicking CONNECT.

Status: Acessing...(GUEST Computer Display)

Connecting via serial or parallel cable on etc.(GUEST Computer Display)

Looking for shared folders...(GUEST Computer Display)

Error: Cannot connect to host(GUEST Error Display)

If you see the "Cannot connect to the host computer" box, there may be a problem with the cable you are using, or something is not configured correctly. Review the setup procedure on both computers and verify that you have indicated the correct ports in the guest/host setup. Check dial-in is enabled on the HOST. Other ideas are listed on the FAQ page for this document.

Direct Cable Connection Host ... Host Computer Name(GUEST Computer Dialogue Box)

Enter the "Computer Name" you assigned for the Host computer.

Error: Cannot Find the Host Computer

If you did not correctly enter the Host computer's name, this warning will appear. Other protocol compatibility problems also can cause this dialogue box to appear. This is a common problem with DCC users and can be ignored by clicking OK.

Enter Password for Microsoft Networking Panel

If the HOST computer is connected to a LAN using Microsoft Networking you can enter your account information here, otherwise click CANCEL.

No Domain Server

You may disregard this message, it should not affect your ability to transfer files over DCC. Microsoft has updated the rasapi32.dll some time ago to correct problems related in this area. Consider loading the latest windows 95 service pack.

Status: Connected/ Looking for shared folders...

The two computers are attempting to resolve their names and shared folder lists. This should take less than one minute.

Status: Connected via...

When the connection is ready, both computers should have a "Connected" dialogue box displayed. The GUEST computer will also have a button called "View Host." The view host display brings up windows in a manner similar to the "My Computer" function on your desktop. The View Host feature will not work correctly if the "Cannot Find Host Computer" error occurred, and you will have to use windows explorer to access the remote.

Trouble? Check the FAQ page!

Using Windows Explorer to Access Remote Files and Mount Remote Drives

Windows Explorer Image

In Windows 95 Explorer click Tools/Find/Computer.

Explorer File Menu Image

Find: Computer Dialogue Image

Enter the "Computer Name" you assigned for the Host computer. Click Find.

Image Showing Found Computer(s)

If the find function did not find the Host and you are sure the Host computer name is correct, check that you enabled the HOST sharing here and here. Also review this Microsoft KB Article #159578.

Connected Computers Appear as an ICON in
Windows Explorer

The remote drive is now mounted and ready for use. Files may be accessed in explorer or other applications by referencing the drive letter assigned above.

Shortcut #1

The network drive mounting procedure may be abbreviated by simply launching windows explorer, TOOLS / Map Network Drive:

Tools Menu of Windows Explorer

Enter the proper network address of the drive as follows:

\\ {computer name} \ {share name}

Map Network Drive allows Drive/Volume Entry

Shortcut #2

Create a shortcut on the desktop for the network resource as follows: After find computer and clicking on the little computer:

Direct Connect Presents Shared Resources in a Window

Drag the shared resource onto the desktop:

The Direct Connect ICON Appears as Two
Computers and a Small Connecting Cable

Whenever the remote computer is connected, the files can be accessed by clicking on the shortcut. You must establish the DCC connection first before clicking on the shortcut.

The Need for Speed

Once you have your connection going, it will become apparant things would be better if DCC was just a bit faster. Some adjustments can be made to increase your speed.

Not all parallel file transfer cables are the same. Some are slow 4 bit ones and others support EPP operation. Rather than cite the details here, go to the source for parallel information contained at the Parallel Technologies FAQ page.

Serial users can increase their transfer rate to about 90K baud. Do not change the baud rate settings until the link is working and you have transferred a few files to test it. Increased baud rates can exceed a ports capabilities and prevent DCC from connecting. A mismatch will also prevent connection. If you are ready, click START-Control Panel and Double click the System icon.

Image of the System Properties Panel

Click on the "Device Manager" tab and then Double Click the Modem group.

The Modems and Available DCC Ports Apear In the Modems Group

Double click on the Serial port you are using to Direct Cable Connect.

Click on the Modem Tab and the Baud Rate Adjustment
Panel Will Appear

Set the baud rate to the maximum speed that both of the computers will allow. PLEASE REMEMBER that you have changed the default baud rate which is normally 19200 baud. You will not be able to connect to other computers without changing their baud rate as well. BOTH COMPUTERS MUST BE The SAME BAUD RATE.

Note #1:  The baud rate setting will not take effect until the computer is Restarted.

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If you could not find the answer here, or on the FAQ page drop a line, I am currently quite behind in responding to email but thank you sincerely for your feedbackFrank J. Kime Jr.

Special thanks for contributions go to: Rick Whitham, Peter Blanshan, George C. Lie, Peter Lawson, Bengt Sellman, Carol Troth, Mike Tovino, Brian J. Bridson, Chris Wilson