Chapter 3. Using the dock
This chapter provides information on how to use the headset and microphone combo jack, Gigabit Ethernet
connector, USB connectors, and video output connectors on the dock.
You can connect devices to the appropriate connectors on the dock while your notebook computer is
started. Normally it will take several seconds for the notebook computer to recognize new devices.
Using the headset and microphone combo jack
The headset and microphone combo jack on the dock is a 3.5 mm microphone combined stereo line-out
jack. It only works for the standard 3.5 mm headset or microphone.
To use the headset and microphone combo jack on the dock, connect your headset, microphone, or speaker
to the headset and microphone combo jack.
Note: The headset and microphone combo jack on the dock are automatically enabled when you have
successfully connected the dock to your notebook computer and installed the device driver. However, if you
cannot hear anything from the headset connected to the headset and microphone combo jack on the dock,
you can manually enable the headset and microphone combo jack on the dock. See "Manually enabling the
headset and microphone combo jack" on page 13 for more information.
Using the Gigabit Ethernet connector
To use the Gigabit Ethernet connector on the dock, connect the dock to standard 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or
1000 Mbps network, and wait until the dock is fully configured by the Windows operating system.
The Gigabit Ethernet connection on the dock fully supports the ThinkVantage
Using the USB connectors
To use the USB connectors, connect a USB device to any of the five USB connectors on the dock with a
When the USB device is correctly connected to a USB connector on the dock, an information window will
be displayed in the Windows notification area, indicating that the USB device has been connected to the
Using the USB 3.0 connector with battery charging function
The USB 3.0 connector with battery charging function enables you to charge USB devices even when the
computer is in sleep or hibernation mode, or the dock is disconnected from the computer.
1. Most of the mobile devices can be charged by the USB 3.0 connector with battery charging function,
but some devices with special configuration might not be charged.
2. The charging time varies depending on the device configuration and the environment.
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