Originally Posted by N.Tesla
3. Sounds a "clik clik clik" when charging the tablet. *
Well, I didn't get a clicking noise, but I have occasionally gotten a high-pitched whine while the dock was charging the tablet. Hasn't happened much recently though. I was a bit concerned because it sounded a lot like a capacitor charging too much, but nothing appears to have blown up, so I guess that's something.
These problems are the reason that I did not unlock the bootloader.
Worried you won't be able to get warranty service? I would hope that it would be possible to get service on the dock even if the tablet is unlocked. Anyone tried this?
Originally Posted by lexelby
I've had the dock for 2.5 months now, and I'm starting to see some problems. When I open it up, the mouse/keyboard don't register, and I have to undock and redock once or twice to get it to work. Once I do, it seems to work without dropping out -- unless I'm in a car. Using the dock in a car used to work, no problem.
At some point I'm going to try shimming the area inside the dock a bit like I've seen folks do -- will report back.
Since writing that post things got dramatically worse. I see dropouts in keyboard/mouse functionality almost every time I use it. I tried a lot of different ways of shimming the hinge area to get a firmer connection. All but one seemed to show promise at first but eventually ended up with the same issue after a bit of use.
My current method is performing best by far. I got a couple of days of use with no dropouts at all, even after closing and opening the tablet+dock repeatedly. That's WAY better than it does without any shimming. I do still occasionally see dropouts, but just pressing down on the tablet to reseat it seems to reconnect it.
What I did was to cut up a tissue box to get two strips of thin cardboard (a cereal box would probably do as well). One runs the entire length of the hinge and is sandwiched in the back between the tablet and the hinge. The other is just 2-3 inches long, sandwiched in between the hinge and the front of the tablet, centered. For whatever reason this particular combinatio seems to work the best for my tablet and dock. The wobble is eliminated, too. Not sure if this result will be universal or if the best strategy is going to depend on the particlar tablet and dock involved, but I figured I'd post my findings anyway.
I've had it this way for a few days now, and so far, I've only seen the occasional dropouts (1 or 2 per day of medium usage) and it hasn't been necessary to entirely undock and redock to get it to reconnect. I'm going to trace lines on the cardboard so that I know the exact position it goes in, trim it, and then tape it into the dock with double-sided scotch tape, in hopes that I can repeatably undock and redock this thing and still have it stay connected this well. Will post back with my findings.
It's worth noting that I think maybe the case I was using caused or hastened this problem. I was using one like the poetic case, where the docked tablet can't quite close all the way because there's material sandwiched in there. It seems to close mostly fine, but doing so now inevitably disconnects the keyboard and requires a redock. I think sandwiching it closed may have put some strain on the hinge and permanently loosened it.. DON'T use that kind of case with this tablet + dock. I did it because I'm very clumsy, and to be honest, I'm not too keen on using this thing without a case, but the risk of leaving it unprotected is way better than the connection troubles that the case seems to have caused.