12-09-2009 06:13 AM
I think of buying the ThinkPad T400 with one of these docking stations: ThinkPad Advanced Dock or ThinkPad Dock II.
I have several technical questions and haven't found neither appropriate information, nor the way to get it.
Here are my questions:
1. Do these docking stations support DVI when T400 with integrated (not discrete) graphics is connected?
2. Where can I find a complete list of UltraBay devices supported by each one of these docking stations?
12-09-2009 01:59 PM
I have a T400 with integrated graphics and recently purchased the Advanced Mini Dock 250410U. The Advanced Dock and Advanced Mini Dock support DVI pass-through. I looked into this before purchasing as well.
This page will confirm the feature: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-72148. Also see reference guide for docking stations: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4TPJF4 which says ThinkPad Dock II is discontinued. This brochure says the Advanced Mini Dock does not support Ultrabay, but the Advanced Dock does. http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/options_iso/tp_docking_solutions_june09.pdf .
12-09-2009 11:40 PM
Looks like Dock II supported old T40 series. It is not going to work with a T400 I do not believe. I use the mini-dock, with a 2nd hard drive in my ultrabay and an external firewire 1 TB drive when docked (video work). I would rather plug in an external firewire or USB DVD/Blu Ray writer than have it in a docking staiton.
12-10-2009 03:48 AM - edited 12-10-2009 03:50 AM
The DVI pass-through page referenced by lenovocommgene above is the place to look. I'll just add:
If your T400 has switchable graphics, you must switch to ATI graphics to use the dock's DVI port.
If your T400 has (only) Intel graphics, the dock DVI port will work fine.
Oh, and TheDude is correct that the Dock II will not work with a T400.