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I have two docking stations for my Travelmate 8103WLMi both docking statins have lost there USB port connectivity. Is there anything that can be done so that the USB ports work again?

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Try updating the drivers for the docking stations. Even in commonly used items such as docking stations which can be used without drivers, if you go to the manufacturer's web site and download drivers or management software, you will find it works better.

Otherwise, try somone else's laptop with those docking stations to make sure it's not your latop causing the problem. If it doesn't work for them either, the docking station is broken and there is really nothing you can do about that short of paying more than it's worth for someone to change out the USB component of the docking station.

Posted on Jul 09, 2008

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