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  • Laptop w/Port Replicator Problem

    Okay, I bought a Fujitsu-Siemens S6120 laptop off eBay for my newest carputer. I also bought a port replicator for it, to ease plugging it in-and-out, and so I can use it whilst closed.

    The laptop is one of these

    THe port replicator is one of these

    Now, the problem is it has no power button! And the laptops power button means I have to lift the screen to power it on. And then I have to leave the screen up, as closing it shuts the machine down.

    So, what's the point in a port replicator (whose point is to easily use external screen/ketboard etc) that has to have the laptop open all the time?????

    Anyone else used one of these? Am I missing something?

    GingerPrince

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    Nope, not missing anything, it's the design. If I were you I'd rewire my power button, and probably remove the lid switch.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tidder
      Nope, not missing anything, it's the design. If I were you I'd rewire my power button, and probably remove the lid switch.
      No way, that's bobbins!!! The reason I bought the replicator was so that I could hack-apart-a-cheap-thing rather than the laptop! That's a REALLY bad design!!

      Rewiring the power button is an extra wire to plug in every time I move the laptop.

      GingerPrince

      Car changed for TVR Griffith 500, so computer de-installed. Using a Dension 100ix w/60Gb HD unit in the interim.

      Carputer Install - http://www.stuffandting.com/carputer/
      CarBox Software -- http://www.stuffandting.com/carbox/

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      • #4
        bobbins??
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        • #5
          Originally posted by jimmythecow
          bobbins??
          bobbins definition


          GingerPrince

          Car changed for TVR Griffith 500, so computer de-installed. Using a Dension 100ix w/60Gb HD unit in the interim.

          Carputer Install - http://www.stuffandting.com/carputer/
          CarBox Software -- http://www.stuffandting.com/carbox/

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          • #6
            Tidder is right. I've never seen a port replicator that was able to power on a notebook. Some people that use notebooks as their carputers have had to re-wire their notebook power buttons.
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