Dear Del: Can a docking station go bad?

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Dear Del:

Can a docking station go bad? I have 2 USB ports on my docking station that aren’t working and I can’t support the multiple USB devices I need (e.g., external monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam). Should I look at some type of USB extender/hub or something like that?

USB ports do go bad and it seems that their shelf life may be far shorter than the devices they support. Check out your warranty to see if the docking station could be replaced. Otherwise, another alternative is to acquire a USB hub.

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