Notebook accessories?

When connecting a notebook to a port replicator, can you shut down the display LCD screen?  I have gone through many laptops because of the screen.  I wish to dock the laptop and not use the laptop keyboard or have the LCD display on, but still control the drives through an external monitor - possible?
vbova27Asked:
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PUNKYConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ANy docking station has PS/2 mouse, keyboard, video port, COMs, etc. You can just plug the laptop on and use function buttons on docking (power up, etc.). Of course, you wont need to open LCD of laptop.
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Most newer laptops have a function key to cycle between laptop screen, external screen or both.
But when you close the lid the laptop screen turns off anyway as Punky implys.

Alan.
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