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eligin
Blue Screen Again
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Registered: ‎12-09-2009
Location: Israel
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T400 with docking stations, ThinkPad Advanced Dock and ThinkPad Dock II

Hello,

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?

Thanks

lenovocommgene
Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎12-09-2009
Location: California, U.S.A
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Re: T400 with docking stations, ThinkPad Advanced Dock and ThinkPad Dock II

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 .

TheDude
802.11n
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Registered: ‎09-10-2009
Location: USA
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Re: T400 with docking stations, ThinkPad Advanced Dock and ThinkPad Dock II

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.

T61p, T400
formerly x23, x40
Retired Guru
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Registered: ‎03-10-2009
Location: Michigan
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Re: T400 with docking stations, ThinkPad Advanced Dock and ThinkPad Dock II

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.

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Results of Your Ideal Business-Class Laptop survey, concluded 2009-07-29.

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