Originally Posted by dbateman2k5
It was a standard Cat5e straight cable I used.
Didn't use a switch either (don't have one).
Setup for testing was: Desktop PC - Cat5e Cable - Laptop PC
Perhaps we're starting to get to the bottom of the problem then.
A crossover is needed somewhere to get a Desktop <> Laptop connection to work. As you're testing used a straight cable one of the PCs must have the ability to determine if a swap is required and then switch. From what you've said (recently!) your laptop also has a gigabit port so:
1. Plug the laptop into the SH - Confirm correct operation a 1Gbit. I haven't completely re-read the the thread but I'm not sure you've done this so far? My suspicion is that it will work...
2. Look at the PC NIC setting and try and find a setting to turn off auto crossover (may be call Auto MDIX). Once turned off, try the PC plugged directly into the laptop and confirm that you don't
get a working connection.
3. Then try the PC in the SH again.
Remember that you have eliminated the cable (by using it between the PC and the laptop) so you can put any Cat5/5e/6 thoughts to bed!
It sounds to me that the SH port and the NIC are not correctly determining which end needs to switch...