First of all, I want to praise you for the great site you are hosting!
I have spent about 7hrs. over the last week trying to network my Hitachi laptop with my uncle's Compaq desktop. I started by getting a cable at a computer shop. The guy did not even have the charts ready to make a cross-over cable, but he quickly found it on www and made me the cable. He tested it on 2 of his computers, and they connected flawlessly. (today I also compared the cable to your pictures on this site, and it seems to be made correctly: The colors are in a different order, but they cross over to the right pins)
However, I have spent my time trying all imaginable reasonable configurations of networking protocols, clients, etc. The computers also do not connect with DCC. I have twice seen the desktop's icon on the laptop(That tells me the network cards and the cable are working), but I wasn't able to access anything on the other system.
I read your 'How to' article on networking 2 W98 or W95 computers, but mine are W98SE and W ME...
Thanks a lot for help!