The Xbox360 has an inbuilt switch on the network adapter - it doesn't matter if you use a crossover cable or a straight through one.
Try uninstalling media connect and reinstall it again with the Xbox 360 attached.
If you have a firewall running on your laptop that will stop a connection also. Make sure that the ip address on your laptop for the LAN is set to automatic, as well as the ip address settings on your Xbox 360.
#1188174, By masc.box Help. Cannot connect 360 to laptop
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