I'm a Cisco novice with a small lab setup in my basement. (1) 2501, (1)2514, (1) 2507 running variations of 11.1 and 11.2, a few hubs and a Linksys WAP.. I have them routing between themselves and have, at one time or another, successfully used all of the serial and ethernet ports on all of the routers. So I am confident that everything is functional. Obviously, all private addressing.
So, here is my problem. I have a workstation running XP Home and cannot for the life of me get the workstation to talk to any of the routers. Ethernet comes on the workstation and routers. But the routers see 100% FCS errors on the interface.
I have direct connected them to the Ex ports on the 2501 and 2514 and have connected via an external hub. I have connected them to the hub ports on the 2507. I have used straight cables and cross over cables. On 11.2 and11.2 I can't (or don't know how to) set polity but the 2507 has an auto-polarity setting. No luck.
As I have been able to use all the interfaces cleanly by connecting various routers to them I think it is in my XPHome setup. I am basically setting up the fixed IP address assocaited with the ethernet subnet I am connecting to.
This seemed so basic to me. I'm sure it is something simple...but I'm stumped.