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Hp Advanced docking station causes strange problem with Hp nc6400 laptop

Posted on 2009-04-08
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Ok this is very weird, an nc6400 laptop, which has been happily docked to an advanced docking station for months, suddenly started having weird problems. When docked the (-) symbol appears in text boxes, word etc. It is almost impossible to click on anything on the desktop, although you can click on icons, you cannot right click (nothing happens) if you click start the menu appears then disappears. If you manage to click on run quickly, a series of ----------------------------------- appears in the text box. Thinking the pc was infected with spyware or virus I ran scans with both, found nothing. If I undock the laptop the problem disappears.
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by:ComputerTechie
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it sound like a bad keyboard on the docking station.
Try disconnecting everthing on the docking station and connecting it one by one to see if you can find the problem.
CT
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by:kwatt562
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Hi, yeah I tried that as well, basically I unplugged everything except monitor from the docking station and the problem still exists. I then tried with another docking station same problem....very weird!
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by:kwatt562
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Could it be a problem with the connection between the laptop and docking station?
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it sound like the connector between the laptop and docking station has gone bad.
what happen when you plug in a different laptop to the same Docking staton.
i would recommend a usb docking station
.http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-PA3541U-2PRP-Dynadock-Docking-Station/dp/B000MN8NNQ
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by:kwatt562
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Another laptop on the same docking station works fine, so it possibly a problem with the laptop connection. Need to check if its still under warranty. Thanks a lot
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