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UltraSlim docking station for EliteBook - docking posts broke - does that matter?

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I have an EliteBook 850 with UltraSlim Dock 2013.

 

Please see Front Side in this parts list for reference: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03958282

 

It got knocked off a table while connected and the two metal springloaded docking posts and the plastic tubes holding them in place broke completely off, with a clean break leaving just the flat surface (see Front Side part 1 in that parts list).

 

It seems to still line up fine and stay in a pretty fixed position just by virtue of the "locking mechanism" posts (Front Side part 2 in that parts list), even without engaging any kind of locking action on my part with the laptop (which I don't seem to have anyway).

 

Is that okay? Do the spring-loaded metal posts (Front Side part 1) do anything other than help with initial alignment? There's no connection, I'm sure -- it's apparently just mechanical alignment. I assume this is perfectly fine. I just make sure to have it aligned over the locking mechanism posts (Front Side part 2) before I slide the side connector (Front Side part 3) into position.

 

It should be perfectly fine, right?

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

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the only connection to the laptop from the dock is the right side connector that slides in... the bottom 2 posts are for alignment, and the sliding hooks are for keeping the laptop straight... if docking functionality is fine, then you are good to go

I work for HP. However, all opinions and comments are my own.

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the only connection to the laptop from the dock is the right side connector that slides in... the bottom 2 posts are for alignment, and the sliding hooks are for keeping the laptop straight... if docking functionality is fine, then you are good to go

I work for HP. However, all opinions and comments are my own.

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