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A docking station is an extension or addition of ports for a laptop computer. Once the portable computer is docked, you can access the docking station's ports, such as PS/2 or USB 2.0 ports, through your computer. Some docking stations have monitors that you can connect your computer to, placing your video on an external screen so you can turn off your computer's monitor and conserve some of your computer's energy. All Dell docking stations will have the same general troubleshooting steps.
Plug your laptop's power adapter into the docking station and dock your laptop onto/into the docking station. If there is no power going to your laptop from the docking station but it works when the power adapter is plugged into the wall, the docking station is bad and needs to be replaced. Plug your power adapter into the docking station and dock your laptop onto/into the docking station. If power goes on but your computer doesn't recognizes accessories such as a USB mouse--plugged into the docking station, try a different port on the station. If it works in a different port, the previous USB port is burned out. Plug your power adapter into the docking station and dock your laptop onto/into the docking station. If power is going through the docking station but no accessories are being recognized, you might have a corrupted docking profile. Undock the computer and dock it again once it has fully started up to reset the docking profile. Plug your power adapter into the docking station and dock your laptop onto/into the docking station. If you have an external monitor and it is not working, completely close the lid on the laptop so the image will move to the external monitor. Plug your power adapter into the docking station and dock your laptop onto/into the docking station. If power is going through the docking station but no accessories are being recognized and resetting the docking profile fails, update all drivers through Dell's support website and then re-dock the computer. Some of the software that runs the hardware may have become corrupted. Hope this helps
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.
this is easier than you think my friend, firstly put the dock on your desk, plug in power lead, network cable and monitor cable, place laptop on dock (making sure it clicks into place) turn on dock and monitor and your up and running
if you are using 64 Bit operating system you may use following procedure
1) Start > Run > msiexec /unregister 2) In regedit, find the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer 3) Change MsiExecCA64 From this: C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe To this: C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\msiexec.exe (This assumes a default Windows directory. Change to reflect your configuration if needed.) 4) Restart the Windows Installer service (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services) 5) Install Palm Desktop! To go back to the previous settings, just reverse the change made in the registry, and stop/start the service again. You can also set it back to normal by re-registering the installer: Start > Run > msiexec /unregister Start > Run > msiexec /register