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    Odd Smartboard/Dell problem

    My newest smartboards have a standard 'printer type' usb connection and work fine- EXCEPT:
    One teacher has a newish Dell Latitude D520 and it will not connect to the board no matter what I do. (Although it has done for a year) I have upgraded smart software and drivers, and I cannot find a problem on the Dell.
    I have spoken to Smart and they have said that it is a problem with newer Dells that they believe is to do with excessive current.
    I have tried another laptop - a newish Tosh - and it worked first time, so I think Smart may be right.
    Has anyone come across this and maybe a solution?

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    Are you using the latest BIOS (A07) on the D520?
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    We have had a problem with the D520's, not quite the same problem as yours, and it was down to the power supply. Try running the laptop off battery and see if it works. If it does Dell will swap the power adaptor if its still under warranty with a different model.

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    Also you using Vista or XP?

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    Thanks TeeJay I'll try on monday - but I thought the smartboards will only work when the laptop is on mains power - that's what they told me, anyway

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    Right - still no joy - doesnt work with or without power supply. I will ring Dell support but I hold out little hope of a solution. Has anyone any other ideas or experience of this?

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    I wonder if this could be the same problem as our new vostro laptops producing spikes, excess current making the boards short out against the wall. Hmmm will have to investigate this.

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    Get hold of an externally powered USB hub and try connecting through that. If you're lucky a cheapy one will have some power isolation between the host and the devices, which may help.

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    Have you tried all the usb ports i had a dell laptop that would only work the my ipod from one port the others didnt like it.

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    The USB hub won't work for long we've had the problem you describe except our would connect but produce some very strange effects as the power spikes occurred. What you need to do is mount some wooden batons about 2 - 3 inches deep and then mount the smartboard on these that will stop it shorting out against the wall. Just to make sure though take the Smartboard down plug the laptop into then and try it if it works mount the batons and then the smartboard you'll be fine.


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    I have ordered a powered hub and will try this as well as taking the board off the wall and seeing if that is the problem
    I'll let you know

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    Update: Dell have 'no idea' what the problem is. Powered hub doesnt work. Taking board off the wall doesnt work.
    I am really stuck here- does ANYONE have any more ideas? Smart definitely seemed to think it was a known issue and I cant believe it doesnt have a solution

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    Have you tried to re-image the laptop in question? You mention that it was working previously. Could be a software related issue.

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    Havent reimaged it as I dont have an image of this one. But I dont think it is that as the other Dell has the same problem. I am also not convinced it ever worked!
    Have System Restored though and that didnt work!

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