Can I connect a PC to a router directly in Packet Tracer?

I am attempting to learning CCNA on my own and I have no experience in networking prior to this. I tried to connect a pc and a router (generic router) in Packet Tracer directly but the link between the devices displayed red dots. The status of both the ports Fa0 and Fa0/0 shows "Link down". I used a copper straight through cable to connect both the devices. I also used the "no shut" command after logging into the router's interface command line but it made no difference.

I then set up the same network using a switch to connect the same pc and router and it worked. So what am I doing wrong when using just the pc and the router arrangement?

I am using packet tracer 7.0

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