How to use a port replicator with a HP Omnibook XE3L
I have looked on the base of my laptop but where I think it connects to the compatible type of port replicator there is a cover over the hole. Does anyone know how this is opened and whether there is a connection underneath, or does the cover mean that there is no connector in there? Thanks
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Re: How to use a port replicator with a HP Omnibook XE3L
If you read the manual for the docking station / base or laptop it should explain how it works in there with images.
If the bit of plastic does not come off and is on hinges then I would assume you just push the laptop down and the cover would lift.
If you can remove it then it will explain to do so in the manual.
Don't forcibly remove it though. If you have any doubts then contact HP and let them know what make and model laptop you have and which docking station you have and they should be able to assist you further.
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If your Laptop has a "Latitude C/Port Advanced Port Replicator" Then this Port Replicator connects Dell Latitude
notebooks to peripheral devices such as a monitor, printer, keyboard and
mouse. To accomplish this, connect your peripheral devices to the Dell
port replicator itself, and leave them connected to it. Then connect
your notebook to the port replicator to access the devices without
having to attach them individually each time you want to use them. You
can also set up speakers on the Dell Latitude C/Port port replicator to
provide improved quality audio.
Follow following steps:
1) Place your Dell Latitude notebook in your C/Port Advanced Port Replicator and turn on the notebook using the power button.
2) Place the speakers you want to
connect to the port replicator on either side of the port replicator
according to the Left and Right (L and R) labels on the speakers.
3) Plug the audio line connector
from the speakers into the audio line out plug on the port replicator.
The audio line out plus is on the right-hand side of the port replicator
base next to the infrared port, directly opposite the notebook ejection
4) Plug the power cable from the
speakers into a power outlet if needed. Battery-powered speakers will
not require this. Turn on the speakers following the manufacturer's
5) Open your preferred music or
audio software (such as Windows Media Player or iTunes) on your Dell
Latitude notebook and play an audio file to hear the newly-attached
Depending on your operating system and what you'e doing with it, this could normal. If you're using the wireless network with XP then the icon on the task bar will have a red X through it and it will say that the network cable is unplugged. This is normal. I hope this helps, if not email me.
I bought a docking station (port replicator) off
ebay, and it has worked great. I had a look at the motherboard, and the
docking station uses a different connection for power than the damaged
AC port. So in summary, yes a docking port should solve your problem.
If you can get a docking station for it you may be able to solve it that way.