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Old June 10, 2009, 03:10 PM
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I finished piecing together a HP V2400 laptop, its not back it does what it is supposed to do.
I am wondering what does a docking station do ? and also does anyone have any suggestions of good not to expensive ones I use my laptop on my bed sometimes( no don't get any silly ideas of why) but I always have to remember to put something under it so the heat can get out of the exhaust hole.

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Old June 10, 2009, 06:19 PM
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something like this:
NotePal D1 - Cooler Master
would work fine for your bedroom laptop usage. Simple stand with ventilation holes.

A docking station (or Port Replicator) is a way to plug your laptop into an external video monitor, keyboard, mouse, power, network, etc by simply "docking it" instead of plugging in each device one by one. Popular for laptop users who travel between office and home frequently because it cuts down on connect/disconnect times.
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Old June 10, 2009, 06:46 PM
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Notebooks should have their exhaust vents facing outwards, not down.
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Old June 10, 2009, 07:14 PM
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correct Amon, they do exhaust out either the back or sides.. but intake cool air from the bottom. this is important! heh

I should also mention that manufacturer paired port replicators is the only way to go. i.e. a HP port replicator for a HP laptop. Third party port replicators from Kingston and Targus are real.. REAL bad. Keep that in mind if you decide to price one out.
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Yeah all you need like grinder said is a laptop cooling stand/mat thingy that'll keep your crouch nice and cool and your computer nice and ventilated
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I'm against cooling stations. Using standoffs made of whatever you can find, you'd accomplish the same effect without spending money. I use a notebook, and by resting it on top of two foam inserts that the notebook shipped with, it is kept perfectly cool all-day, under maximum load (socket P Merom, 8600m GT) for several years. The only procedure I recommend for keeping your notebook cool under all conditions is disassembling it to vacuum out dust and debris every four to six months. Nothing comes to mind to help cool a notebook on your bed because even these notebook coolers have their intakes on the bottom.
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Old June 15, 2009, 06:56 AM
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Thanks guys that has helped allot, also you are right that the air intake is at the bottom I am not sure why I thought that it was exhaust lol.
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