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Hardware Profiles 

Hardware Profiles are used to set up multiple hardware configurations. This is especially useful for laptops that have docking stations or workstations with removable storage media. 

The following example demonstrates how to set up hardware profiles for a laptop with a docking station that has this configuration:

Configuration

Docked

Undocked

Display driver

S3

VGA

Network

w/Microsoft Network

None

RNA

no RNA

with RNA

Open Systems Properties: 

1. Use the right mouse button to click the My Computer icon. 

2. Click Properties, and then click the Hardware Profiles tab. 

3. Verify that two hardware profile options labeled Docked and Undocked exist. If these options are not available, highlight Original Configuration, and then click Rename. Type DOCKED and then click OK. Highlight the word DOCKED and then click Copy. In the Copy Profile Dialog Box type UNDOCKED.

To Set Up the Video Driver for Docked and Undocked Configurations 

First, verify that VGA is installed. If it is not installed, double-click the Display icon in Control Panel. Click the Settings tab, and then click Change Display Type. In the Adapter Type area, click Change, and then install the VGA driver. 

1. In Control Panel, double-click the System icon, and then click the Device Manager tab. 

2. Double-click Display Adapter, and then double-click VGA. 

3. In the Device Usage area, make sure Undocked is checked and Docked is unchecked. Click OK. 

4. In the Device Manager tab, double-click Display Adapter, and then double-click the S3 adapter. 

5. In the Device Usage area, make sure the Docked option is checked and the Undocked option is unchecked. 

6. Click OK to exit Device Manager.

To Set Up for No Network in an Undocked State 

1. In Control Panel, double-click the System icon, and then click the Device Manager tab. 

2. Double-click Network Adapter, and then double-click the network card. 

3. In the Device Usage area of the General tab, remove the check mark from the Undocked option. Click OK, and then return to Device Manager. 

To set up for no RNA while docked 

1. Repeat Step 1. 

2. Double-click the Dial-up Networking adapter. Remove the check mark for the Docked option.

 

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