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Ethernet in Docking Station

You seem to be 'The Man'. I have an Inspiron 8100 which is plugged into a docking station. The ethernet works fine on the laptop, but not when plugged into the docking station. Dell customer service sucks and I need help.

If you have a solution can you please e-mail me at michela10@hotmail.com.

Any advice you have will be appreciated. Thanks soooo much!

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  • prettysmurf Sep 15, 2008

    Thanks so much for your time! Actually got to speak to someone at Dell, who admitted that there is an unresolved issue with the docking stations and that it's not a driver/software issue. Tried updating all the drivers etc and no luck...this has been going on for the past 5 years...had hoped they would have resolved it by now.

    But you are the 'Guru' and I'll definitely keep you 'bookmarked' for future reference! Thanks again!


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Some docking stations require device drivers in order for the ports to work. Try the link bellow for any drivers that are for the docking station. They're generally under utilities or applications, but could be else where. If there are no drivers, or if they don't work, then I suggest having the port checked. It could be a bad port. Also try any updated ethernet drivers for the machine, if it uses the machines integrated ethernet, then it could be the controller driver as well.



http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INS_PNT_P3CT_8100&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

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