Dell E5400 Latitudes with Windows 7 Enterprise and docking station fun
Is anyone else having issues with Windows 7 and docking stations? The majority of our staff uses E5400s with docks, external keyboards/mice, and an external monitor. Windows, or rather the Intel display driver, gets confused at times as to what display to use and I run into situations where it'll disable the external, or the internal. Other times it'll be on the dock sleeping, and when you press the power button to wake it up, the external screen will come on like it should and then goes right back to power saving mode. It basically wakes up for a split second, Windows sees the lid is still closed, and goes back to sleep. It's almost as if it doesn't recognize that it's docked. The only way to get it back to normal is to undock it, open the lid, shutdown, close the lid, and then place it back onto the dock. Other times USB devices plugged into the dock won't even work (I think this problem is related to the sleep problem).
This entire thing is just driving me nuts as we just pushed everyone onto Windows 7 Enterprise over the summer. I've got enough on plate with the migration as it is without goofy things like this happening. As always, thanks in advance for the help guys; this forum has made my life a lot easier.