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USB ports in docking station stopped working suddenly

Hi, I have an IBM ThinkPad with a docking station and it has been working beautifully. I undocked the laptop last night to use it in another location and when I re-docked it, the USB ports would no longer work. I am working around that by plugging the keyboard and scanner into the laptop directly now instead of the docking station but I would like to get the docking station back up.  
Also, the printer that is connected to it will not work and that I cannot hook up directly to the laptop since it does not have a big enough slot for that cable.
I have read a bit online at other sites and it appears this is a common problem but there is no consensus on the solution.
Thank you for any assistance you can give me.

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  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    same stuff, x61t + dockingstation

    after redocking all devs came back, only usb is death, and i hav eto reboot :-(

  • rportela Mar 05, 2009

    I've undock my laptop to use it somewhere else and when I've dock it back again, the USB ports were no longer working. Everything else seems to be working (DVD player, Ethernet port, etc). The problem is only on the USB ports.

    I'm using:
    Laptop - ThinkPad X60
    Docking Station - ThinkPad X6 UltraBase (P/N 40Y8117)

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I have a Dell 5530 with a docking station and external monitor and I cant get the laptop to recognize the monitor. Everything is plugged in correctly and powered up


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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.

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