That's what I do -- I have Presentation Director configured to automatically switch to external 1600x1200 when docking, so when I snap my X31 into the Ultrabase, the built-in panel turns off -- until I undock.
The one thing I don't do, though, is close the lid -- I close it down to a 30-45 degree angle, but not completely. (I have the power settings configured to suspend when I close the lid, and I never felt like messing with my settings for that.) Is that what you are trying to avoid?
I currently have the laptop set to suspend when the lid is closed.
If he wants to open and close it while docked, I suspect you will need to change the lid behaviour to not to suspend.
i am having exactly the same problem. i use both the internal and external in an extended-desktop arrangement. when i'm not using the system, i want to keep the thinkpad's lid closed, in order to turn off the screen and reduce dust.jpreston wrote:Hello. I have an IBM Thinkpad T60 that I have connected to a dock w/ a external monitor connected thru dvi. I currently have the external monitor set as the primary and the laptop as the secondary. Everything works fine untill I close the lid on the laptop. What happens is the screen on the external flickers and then shows the desktop again (this is fine). The problem is when I re-open the laptop - it re-assigns the laptop as the primary monitor along w/ the external. So now both are showing as the primary monitor (and with this the laptop screen mirrors/clones the external). Is there a way that upon opening the lid that it would revert back to the settings I made before closing it - without having to go back into the display properties and extending the desktop.
when i close the lid, the system switches from extended-desktop mode to replicated primary desktop on both monitors. i suppose the assumption is that i can continue to work on just the external monitor.
the problem is that when i reopen the lid, it stays in replicated mode, instead of switching back to extended-desktop mode.
i can work around this by assign Fn-F7 to put me back into the mode i want, but i'd prefer if this happened automatically.
if anyone knows a way to make this happen, please let me know. thanks.
the next time i want to use the machine, i just open the lid and run my finger over the fingerprint reader, and i'm back in business.
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