I'm having an issue with creating a direct connection with RPi 3 B+ and Windows laptop (to use as interface with RPi for first time set-up).
I formatted the microSD card to FAT32 (Master Boot Record) and added NOOBs. I was sure to open each folder and copy their contents onto the card.
The power supply is a 5v 2.4amp cube.
The ethernet cable is a miscellaneous one that I found laying around.
The red led is stable and the green initiates a couple of times during power up then turns off.
The laptop is an older Lenovo with also an older version of Windows.
The physical connection is established (shown via the transmission lights on both the RPi and the laptop).
The ethernet connection is displayed under networks and I have the master settings set for sharing.
DHCP is enabled and it is given a both an Autoconfiguration IPv4 as well as an IP Subnet Mask.
Packets are sent from the laptop to the RPi yet none are received. This is also confirmed via the ping command in the Command Prompt (100% packet loss rate).
I've attempted to connect via PuTTY but the message, 'Network is Unreachable' is given. I presume this to be yet another verification of the lack of responsiveness of the RPi.
It is connected with the LAC2 and the connection stays stable (once again in the Networks section it confirms that there is 'No network access').
When I use the diagnostic function it says "'Local Area Connection 2' doesn't have a valid IP configuration Not fixed"
I've looked over many tutorials (many of which presuppose that you have a connected RPi to communicate with, interestingly enough) and checked out some YouTube videos but all to no avail. Any sort of assistance here is greatly appreciated as I have so many ambitious projects in mind and being stuck in this most elementary stage is quite discouraging, to put it mildly.