I am REALLY bummed out about the "no-Aero" with the Belkin docking station.
I just know that Dell will come out with a newer laptop this summer that will
be identical to the one I just forked over $2600 for that will sport a DVI
port in addition to or instead of a VGA one.
As for the "meddling", here is basically what seems to be happening. Every
time I have my monitor settings just the way I want them (minus the Aero of
course) they all get jumbled around upon my next reboot. It's like Windows
and the Belking software don't know how to save my configuration to disk or
something. I will end up having my main display set to my notebook as opposed
to my large 20" desktop and the physical locations of the displays in Windows
are all wrong. It will do something crazy like put the laptop display on top
of the desktop display instead of to the left of it. It will also set the
resolution of the desktop display to that of a widescreen display (which it's
not) and that causes the icons to get stretched and skewed.
On a totally seperate note to anyone else out there reading this, I found a
bug with the DELL M1210 where pressing the "FN+F8" keys does not in fact
switch your display from laptop to external monitor but INSTEAD resizes all
of your computer's icons to the LARGEST size possible and will NOT under ANY
circumstances allow you to reset them back to being normal size again. Your
only recourse is performing a system restore to get back to where you were
before you hit "FN+F8".
Thanks again for your advice/help Publius.
> Hi Ami,
> Unfortunately, the bad news is that you won't be able to even force the
> Belkin dock to support Aero. (I think it states this on the website
> Having said that, all that SHOULD happen with the Belkin dock is that
> when you plug it in, your Dell should revert to Vista Basic (i.e., lose
> transparency). When you unplug it, your Dell should go back to Vista
> Premium. Is that working correctly? If not, then we have a separate
> Separately, how is the Belkin driver meddling with your display
> settings? I should be able to help you on this.
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