Talk:ThinkPad Advanced Mini Dock

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We do have 8 Advanced Mini Dock in our company, but none of my collegues can manage to dock in properly. To do so you have to press very hard in the middle of the edge on your notebook, I cannot imagine that the display will survive this for a longer time. You control to have connected properly by lifting your notebook - if connected properly, it will not disconnect. In all cases, ours do disconnect, even when locked with the key. Our unsatisfying solution: We place a mouse-pad under each Mini-Dock - now connecting is no problem any more.

Lenovo is unable to reproduce this problem with their own hardware - the support asked me to send one notebook and one Mini-Dock to them to schottland so that they can investigate in that case. That means one collegue will have to survive without his comuter for I don't know how many weeks. Lenovo cannot send somebody to confirm the problem inside our house. This kind of Support is very poor! And, of course, I am wondering: I am the one who bought exactly this 8 notebooks together with this 8 Mini-Docks, which don't want to fit together.

Are all the others connecting without problems ?

Please tell me your experiences.

I have the same problem. I put some rubber feet on the bottom of the dock, but it's still pretty hard to dock the computer reliably and it requires lots of force. I'll try the mousepad trick, for what that's worth. --Dave abrahams 17:20, 25 April 2007 (CEST)

It seems to be a problem with T60 models manufactured in August 2006 (?) (S/N L3-FL??? 06/08), I do have some other T60 now without this problem. Meanwhile IBM/Lenovo has confirmed the problem (to me), but this was a long way. I sent my T60 and Minidock to them in 5 Feb. 07, today we have 22 May and it is still not back. At least IBM/Lenovo has given me another T60 for this time. If I had this choice again, I wouldn't complain to IBM/Lenovo, I'd just try to buy some "rubber-feet" for my Minidock. --User:Holzbein 16:40, 22 May 2007 (CEST)

Mini-dock power problem

Note: see for the solution to this problem

I have a T60p, and if I place the machine onto the Advanced Mini Dock when it is asleep, it turns off. The only way I can prevent this from happening is to wake the machine up before I put it on the dock. Does anyone else have this problem? --Sridhar 14:38, 2 January 2007 (CET)

I have the problem about half the time even when the machine is already awake. --Dave abrahams 17:17, 25 April 2007 (CEST)

We also have another problem with Keyboards connected to the Minidock's PS/2-Port. Sometimes it is behaving like the SHIFT key is held permanently, and to escape from this situation you have to press SHIFT many times (or reboot). This happens with different PS/2 Keyboards of different manufacturers, but it happens not every day, maybe once a week. So how should I complain about this ? How can I demonstrate the problem ? I don't expect it to be solved, only to cost my nerves. So I better buy some new USB-Keyboards and stop using the Minidock's PS/2-Port. --User:Holzbein 16:45, 22 May 2007 (CEST)

I have this problem as well. It wreaks havoc when I'm in vi. I'm thinking this model dock might just be a lemon. Sridhar 13:57, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

IBM Thinkpad Z60t with Advanced mini Dock - Dual Video Out

I wanted to know if anyone has any solution for getting dual video out using the Z60t with the Advanced Mini Dock. Since the Z60t doesn't have an ATI built in video card like the Z60m, IBM/Lenovo say it doesn't support using the DVI out when docked. Unfortunately I found this out after purchasing it (2 years ago).

I just started using my laptop as my primary machine. And now I really would like to get the dual video setup as I have a very nice 2nd LCD sitting here powered off :(

There was a very similar conversation under the Thinkpad Advanced Dock, but I didn't understand the answer.

Anyway, please help me out, would really like to get this working. Thanks Much!

Discharge caps

If you buy one of these docks used, save yourself a lot of headaches and buy one with the static discharge caps installed, because I couldn't find these caps anywhere.

Hopefully you can make out the caps in the photo of an item listing.