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W700 Docking issue

2009-07-17, 18:59 PM

Hello all,


I just got a new W700 at work with a Mini Dock.  I am coming off using a T60p with dock and am used to how that one operated.  I'm having some trouble getting the system set up to my liking:

 

1. On my T60p when I was docked I had an "undock" option in the start menu.  Not so with the W700.

2. On my old setup when I docked the system defaulted to using the wired ethernet connection.  With the W700 the wireless stays active (though if I shut it off manually the wired connection does work).

 

I like to work with the laptop docked and lid closed, as I have 2 monitors at my desk.

 

All peripherals - keyboard, mouse, and two monitors - work correctly when docked.  I can use the Nvidia Control Panel to set the dual screens to my desired settings, and everything works fine when i dock/undock. 

 

Shouldn't there be an undock option in the start menu?  If not, what is the proper sequence for undocking?  My T60p's dock had a button you could push to initiate the undocking sequence - the W700 Mini Dock does not.

 

Any help here is appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Tim

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07-20-2009

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Re: W700 Docking issue

2009-07-20, 14:51 PM
I have the same question, and haven't been able to find any information on this. I am curious if other users do that button in their start menu. Also having the system turn wireless off when docked would be nice too! Just curious if mine is missing some Lenovo software since it was given a new image.
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09-26-2008

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Re: W700 Docking issue

2010-11-02, 23:13 PM

Has anyone solved this problem?

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Re: W700 Docking issue

2010-11-03, 12:30 PM

Not as far as I know.  Do a "hot" undock, open the lid, close it to go on standby.  Use the switch on the front for control of wireless function.  I've not encountered any serious issues in doing this, it is just a bit of a PITA compared to how the T60p worked.

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11-29-2007

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Re: W700 Docking issue

2010-11-08, 21:44 PM

timbo80,

 

The W700/701 uses a Port Replicator, not a true docking station.  As such, no docking profile is created in the OS so the user will not see the "undock" option when clicking on the Start button in Windows.

 

So now the question is..."How do I undock"?  The Port Rep is hot swappable...in theory you can just eject the system.  In practice, any device attached such as a USB HDD should be stopped first.  You can either do this manually through the OS or run Lenovo's EasyEject utility.

 

Never tried the WLAN to LAN switching when attached to the Port Rep, so I will not venture the guess....but your solution of turning off WLAN via hardware switch makes sense.

 

Regards

 

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