ok well, in the other room there lives a computer. he is dead. well not really, he just does not display anything to the screen. i want to know if it is possible to connect that computer to my laptop using an ethernet cable so that i can poke around inside and get files off of it. and yes i know that there are better ways of doing this, like taking the hard drive and putting it into a second computer and things like that but i want to know if i can do it this way. and if i cant do it then how do i do it on a fully functioning computer, on with an a fully functioning output. my computer is now running fedora 10, and the other computer is running xp. i do have a switch box if needed but i remeber reading that i should not need one but its here if i do. so if you need more info please just post and i will be happy to get back to you on it. thanks locksmith.