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    Buying a laptop

    Why is it so hard to find a laptop that has a docking station available?

    My brother offered me his toshiba satellite m45 laptop (pentium M, 512mb) but I can't find a docking station available for it.

    So, instead I bought a gateway mx3228, and it's the same story (i didn't open it yet, so I can still return it)

    I'd rather not use a targus universal docking station, only because I won't have a power switch to turn the laptop on and off..

    I'm keeping my budget for the laptop under $700, with 512mb, and no less then a 60gb drive. Any ideas for a laptop that meets these specs that has a docking station/port replicator available for it?

    The reason I'm switching to a laptop, is because my computer crashed again. If you've seen my previous threads, you'd see that this is not the first..or even second time this has happened. I decided a laptop will be more versatile, and hopefully work much better in my truck.
    Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
    Completly custom computer case

    status: Totaled

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    I have a Dell Latitude x200 with a dock. A lot of dells have 'factory' docks, but docking stations aren't very mainstream anymore. You may have to look at IBMs (Lenovo) as well.

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    thanks for the reply. What are people using in place of docking stations? I started to come to the conclusion that you mentioned after awhile of searching and only seeing that most sony's, and IBM's have docking stations...
    Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
    Completly custom computer case

    status: Totaled

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    They're using Port Replicators...

    Peace,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafster
    They're using Port Replicators...

    Peace,

    Rafster
    basically the same thing as a docking station..which i'm having trouble finding?
    Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
    Completly custom computer case

    status: Totaled

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    i'm using a compaq evo laptop, you can get docking stations all over ebay for under £20, only problem now is that i don't have anywhere to fit the damn thing in my car! oh and the really useful thing, the docking stations even come with a pci slot so you can fit a proper audiophile sound card instead of one of those silly overpriced usb units!!!

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