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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 10:49 AM

Tell me about PC laptop docks, please.

Caution: My questions are always wordy. I like to give a lot of info up front.

BACKSTORY/CONTEXT

My computer infrastructure is aging. My old desktop is running very slow for browsing and I don't want to try upgrading RAM as 184 pin is hard to find in 2G per stick configs and it's old. Did I say it's old? I'm tired of rebuilding/upgrading it.

I do have several laptops but none of my laptops have a port on the bottom for a dock. So I would like to just replace this one desktop with an Emachines E725 that works well but has a bad display lamp (for this model you have to replace the lamp and screen at the same time).

HERE COMES THE QUESTION

So I google on a hunch and find things called USB docks. But I want one that will allow control of the laptop with the laptop closed because the display does not work. So why leave it open to take up space and gather dust when I can keep it closed and put it in a rack on the side of the desk, right? I want a USB dock that works like a dock for Dell office laptops with the connectors on the bottom (which mine does not have). Does such a thing exist?

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Reply Tell me about PC laptop docks, please. (Original post)
Gold Metal Flake Oct 2012 OP
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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 11:12 AM

1. There are, but..

..they're usually subpar. Every universal dock I found has pretty horrid video since it's apparently getting it over USB which is entirely suboptimal. Since you don't plan on actually moving the laptop, it would probably be easier, cheaper, and all-round better to just buy some kind of stand to prop it up and out of the way and then directly plug in video and I/O.

Dock:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=laptop+docking+station&x=0&y=0

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Response to sir pball (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 11:20 AM

2. Yeah, I can just plug in a monitor and use it, it's just that the dead LCD is in the way.

I could also leave it open and put it in a rack in the side of the desk and plug a monitor, keyboard and mouse into it and get on with using it. It's in a small room, no traffic so the laptop would be safe.

The above would work, it just messes with my sense of order. Eventually I will find a smoking deal on a desktop. I'm watching Fat Wallet for one.

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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 11:41 AM

4. You can't get it to run with the lid closed?

Every laptop I've owned has some setting or workaround to enable the external monitor port to stay live when the lid is closed, some are as simple as changing the power settings to not sleep when closed.

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Response to sir pball (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:50 PM

5. Have not tried.

If I can get it to run when closed and start up with a keyboard command I will be in clover.

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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:21 AM

6. What OS you running?

I think Windows has a "do nothing" (keep running normally) option for lid closed in the power management settings. Don't know about Linuxes specifically but I'd imagine it's in the same vein; when my AspireOne ran Ubuntu it had that particular setting in Power Management. Now with PC-BSD it never sleeps, sometimes incomplete hardware support is a feature not a bug

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Response to sir pball (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 03:37 PM

7. Seven. nm

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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 01:40 PM

3. IMHO...

...your Emachines E725 can be connected via its VGA port to a standard monitor. If you have a USB mouse and keyboard to use. Just plug everything in and it should all work fine.

I concur with sir pball's opinion of USB docks.
If you're looking for a low priced notebook and docking station: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834310733&name=Laptops-Notebooks

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