This is not exactly using a crossover cable. The XP laptop has a network card to switch automatically between normal and crossover mode, so I coud use either CAT5e normal or CAT5e crossover.
I have successfully linked the two when the dual-boot Ubuntu/XP is running XP:
- I had setup both computers to the same domain and different computer names (needs to be done only once if never used with other networks)
- Connect regular cable (remember, I have a auto-crossover network card)
- Enable both Ethernet connections and wait for them to become "Limited or no connectivity"
- "Repair" the Ethernet connection on one laptop and wait for it to become "Limited or no connectivity" (1)
- Try to browse for the other computer. (I did via. the connect network drive dialog's search method)
I don't recall having not tried this step and whether it worked or not. I also don't want to try right now (I'd have to restart the dual-boot Ubuntu/XP and go into XP to try).
I'm now trying to hook up the auto-crossover XP computer to the dual-boot while its running Ubuntu.