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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

To open Systems Properties:

  1. Right-click My Computer.
  2. Click Properties, and then click Hardware Profiles.
  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 install the VGA driver:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Display.
  3. Click Settings, and then click Change Display Type.
  4. In the Adapter Type area, click Change, and then install the VGA driver.

To Set Up the Video Driver for Docked and Undocked Configurations

  1. In Control Panel, click System, and then click Device Manager.
  2. Click Display Adapter, and then click VGA.
  3. In the Device Usage area, make sure the Undocked check box is selected and the Docked check box is clear. Click OK.
  4. On Device Manager, click Display Adapter, and then click the S3 adapter.
  5. In the Device Usage area, make sure the Docked check box is selected and the Undocked check box is clear.
  6. Click OK to exit Device Manager.

To Set Up for No Network in an Undocked State:

  1. In Control Panel, click System, and then click Device Manager.
  2. Click Network Adapter, and then click the network card.
  3. In the Device Usage area on General, click to clear the check box for the Undocked option. Click OK, and then return to Device Manager.

To set up for no RNA while docked:

  1. In Control Panel, click System, and then click Device Manager.
  2. Click the Dial-up Networking adapter. Click to clear the check box for the Docked option.


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