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Chapter 13. Using Windows on a Notebook ... > Using a Notebook Docking Station

Using a Notebook Docking Station

Docking stations provide an expandable platform for notebook computers. For travel, an undocked notebook contains the bare minimum of components needed to get the job done, which keeps weight down. But a docked station brings a notebook's flexibility up to that of a desktop computer in terms of card slots, drives, and devices.

Windows Me supports hot-docking, which means you can dock or undock a notebook without worrying about whether the notebook's power is on or off. The operating system automatically recognizes the added components of the docking station and sets up access to them. It also autoloads any necessary software drivers.


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