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Life on the Run: Notebook Computing 3. 267 Press the Eject button next to the PC card slot. The card pops out of the slot and Windows emits a two-toned beep (high tone followed by a medium tone). Pull the card out of the slot. Going Full Featured with a Docking Station Inside Tip If you don't have a docking station, you still might be able to connect your notebook PC to a standard monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Check the back and sides of your notebook PC for additional ports. A docking station or port replicator provides the portability of a notebook PC with the advanced features of a desktop PC. The docking station is a unit that contains ports for a monitor, printer, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and other devices. You turn off your notebook computer, insert it into the docking station, and pretend that it's a big, powerful computer. The trouble with docking stations is that your notebook is set up to use its own built-in monitor, keyboard, and speakers. It is not set up to use the hardware that's connected to the docking station. If your notebook is plug-and-play compatible, you won't have any problem. Just connect it to the docking station and Windows takes care of the details. (Some notebook computers enable you to dock without turning off the power.) Whoa! Before disabling devices, make sure you have a recent Windows Startup disk. If you disable the wrong device, use your Windows Startup disk to start your computer and then reenable the device. (See Chapter 32, "Do-It- Yourself Fixes for Common Ailments," to learn how to create a startup disk.) If your notebook PC is not plug-and-play compatible, connect it to the docking station, make sure all docking station devices are turned on, and then turn on your notebook. Windows detects new nonplug-and-play devices and runs the Add New Hardware Wizard to lead you through the process of installing the drivers. If Windows does not detect a device, open the Control Panel, and run the Add New Hardware Wizard to install the driver.