Hello there. I am having trouble connecting a linux computer with a static ip
address ( assigned to eth0 to a windows XP computer that uses DHCP for its ethernet interface (via crossover cable). Only a physical connection is
established; not even the ping command works.

When both computers are assigned static IP address, the connection works, but
now it breaks Windows's file/print sharing capabilities when I connect two Windows computers with static IP address. Samba still works using static IP address but using static IP address between two Windows computers partially
breaks networking such as the ability to connect to LAN type games. Any ideas how to fix this?
Thanks for any help,