Quick dock connection to monitor doesn't seem to work
It was OK two days ago, last I used it....powered up dock, booted up laptop, plugged in, and...no video. I have sound, I have printer connection, the monitor is on, but remains in standby mode (blinking power light) I've tried rebooting, shutting the whole darn works off and restarting, reconnecting all cables. What's up?
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Yes it should if you are running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. You just connect to the unit using a spare USB port on your laptop and a plug-plug USB cable. It has it's own power so you'll need a mains socket. This means you can unplug your laptop and leave any devices charging on the docking station USBs. Your laptop should auto-instal the station. I believe there is a table/support available which combines with this unit. There a varying prices for this unit so look around.
Is the AC Power adapter the original adapter of the laptop? If it is,
try to drain the battery and charge it for 8-12 hours without using or opening the laptop just charge it. After charging, remove the power adapter as you open your laptop. Make this way a habbit of using and charging your laptop to make the charging and battery life last long.
Try updating to BIOS to version A16 from http://support.dell.com Ensure you are not attached to the docking station when flashing the BIOS. Once updated, connect the 90W adapter to the docking station, connect your laptop to the dock, and power on using the docking station power button.
When you install the drivers, are you installing them while the laptop is conected to the docking station? If so, try installing with docking first. Then after installation, shut down your computer. Dock the comptuer, then start the computer back up. If you get a blue screen, go into your bios and make sure that your USB setting is set to High Speed.
Please make sure that the docking station is plugged into your notebook before booting up, there is an issue that all expresscard docks share with plugging the docking station in while the notebook is powered on. If there is a switch located on the Expresscard On-Pre-boot support Off-Post-boot support (Default) This switch is used to determine how the dock is recognized in the system at boot up stage. Certain notebooks will detect the dock and not work properly during a pre-boot mode (ie. trying to boot up on the external VGA device, not the internal VGA of the Notebook). This was observed in notebooks (Fujitsu, some Sony and Toshiba models) that use a BIOS developed by Phoenix Technologies. If you experience such issue, please turn the switch from the default "OFF" position to "ON". You will only need to set it once.
I was having the same problem - the USB ports seemed to have stopped working so I could not use the mouse, keyboard, or printer, even though the monitors and power could still operate through the docking station. Finally, I just unplugged the docking station for 30 seconds, plugged it back in, and everything resumed working. I was surprised it was that simple, but it's working for the moment.