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Docked vs. Undocked Laptop running Linux

By dan.schultz ·
I want to know how to have Linux recognize that it is booting in either a Docked or Undocked mode similar to that found in the MS Windows world. I have cruised the HOWTOs: and while there are some tidbits of info, none really gives me a good idea ofhow to go about it. The docking station has a external monitor, NIC, a standard 105-key keyboard and a track ball mouse. Somewhat different setup than that found on the laptop in a undocked configuration. Anyone with some words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated by this "Linux newbie".

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by MauiNaKaOi In reply to Docked vs. Undocked Lapto ...

It's hard to advise wthout knowing your brand and model #, but in general, I have had problems with various brands and RedHat Linux until recently. The trickiets part is setting up a second NIC card. Everthing is oretty much a pass through and requires no special config.

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by dan.schultz In reply to Docked vs. Undocked Lapto ...

Thanks, but I need to know how this can be done when it appears to not recognize the devices in the docking base.

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by dan.schultz In reply to Docked vs. Undocked Lapto ...

The laptop is a Compaq EVO 610c with a Compaq ArmadaStation II.

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by Roger In reply to Docked vs. Undocked Lapto ...

If the hardware detection phase of the boot tells you that hardware has been removed do not do anything. If the hardware detection tells you something has been added configure the new hardware. After booting once docked and once undocked all your hardware (in both modes) will be recognized. At startup when the system says "harware not found" select "DO Nothing"

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by Roger In reply to Docked vs. Undocked Lapto ...

I forgot to mention that Linux may not automatically detect the new hardware when the docking station is attached with the laptop turned on. You may need to shut down and power off the laptop (shutdown -h now) and turn off the power to the laptop and docking station. Then dock (or undock) the laptop and apply power to the docking station if it is being used, then power up the laptop. This should resolve issues. You may be able to run kudzu to search for new hardware manually after connecting the docking station with the power on if the docking station connects to the laptop by USB. "kudzu -p | less" will show the hardware detected by kudzu without attempting to install anything. This might be helpful to see if your hardware is being detected. If none of these suggestions is helpful please give the following information: Computer type, Docking station type and Linux manufacturer and version information (cat /proc/version should give sufficient info about the linux version being run)

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