Finding a compatible docking station for hp zd8333cl
Am interested in the Toshiba Universal Dynadock. Want to hook up the hp zd8333cl laptop, a printer, monitor, power plug, mouse, keyboard. Or is there another docking station I can use, Want to be able to move laptop from office to home whenever.
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Sounds like a compatibility issue between your Dell and the Docking station. I would say make sure the software for your docking station is installed properly, and update the software before connecting again.
If you connected everything correctly EG: a 3.5mm jack to 2 X RCA plugs,into the TV. then the background noise might be because the volume is too high on the laptop. double click on the Volume control on the task bar and drop the level to half on main and wave volumes.
You can download any/all the Windows XP or Vista device drivers for your model laptop from the Toshiba WEB site from their download page. Make sure you enter the model of your laptop so you can get the correct drivers. Click on this link :-. http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp#
You need to check the plug that plugs into the laptop to determine that you don't have a faulty lead or plug. Test it with a multimeter and wriggle the plug to see if the voltage reading remains steady. If it doesn't then it could be the lead and this is easily repaired.
You may be able to borrow an adapter to test your laptop's connector.
If you determine the fault is with the laptop then problem is most likely the connector socket on the laptop, it most likely need re-soldering onto the motherboard, or needs to be replaced. This requires the laptop to be dismantled completely.
A docking station would solve your problem because the docking station has its own power connector and you plug the existing power adapter into the docking station.
My HP is connected to a docking station, the other advantage is that the docking station has several more ports than the laptop which is useful.