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Docking Station Advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by patentatty, Mar 11, 2008.

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  1. patentatty

    patentatty Thread Starter

    Jan 4, 2008
    I am curious if anyone has had experience with dell d/port docking stations (port replicators). I formerly used a dell inspiron 8600 with its corresponding docking station to connect to all my peripherals. I recently purchased a new Dell latitude d630, but didn't want to spend the extra money for a new docking station. The old one seems to work fine, even though dell doesn't say they are compatible. Does anyone know if there are any long-term detrimental effects to using a potentially incompatible docking station? Thanks in advance!
  2. kfinpgh


    Oct 1, 2005
    The only problem I can forsee is that the connector pins on the docking station might not match the computer. Most newer laptops use 2 alignment pins to ensure the piece stays in the dock. If you can't get a good connection or see flaky things happening while the laptop is docked, but not while it's out, get the matching docking station.

    As an alternative, Kensington offers a USB based docking station. It's not a true dock, but a stationary connector for your peripherals.
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