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Topic # 25848 3-Sep-2008 15:27
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I have an Acer Aspire 4520 laptop, and what I want to know is can I used it like a desktop, and if so how do I go about it?

What I mean by that is what I want to achieve is have a normal keyboard/mouse/LCD screen on top of my desk, and have the laptop closed and under my desk where it is out of the way.

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  Reply # 161887 3-Sep-2008 15:39
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Comradehunt: I have an Acer Aspire 4520 laptop, and what I want to know is can I used it like a desktop, and if so how do I go about it?

What I mean by that is what I want to achieve is have a normal keyboard/mouse/LCD screen on top of my desk, and have the laptop closed and under my desk where it is out of the way.


Should be no problem, you will have to set the laptop to not go to sleep if you intending to keep the lid closed, (although if you can arrange for the screen to be fully or partiall open this is probably better from a heat dissipation point of view, I hear laptops can get snippy about running hard if closed all the time)

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  Reply # 161893 3-Sep-2008 16:19
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As wellygary mentioned above, it will work fine. A USB keyboard and mouse will be the best bet for this. If you really intend coming and going alot then a port replicator\docking station might be the way to go.

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Reply # 161925 3-Sep-2008 18:49
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I use my HP laptop as a desktop, with a docking station both at home and at work.  I use a 22" screen as my main monitor, the laptop screen as a secondary monitor, and a fullsize keyboard + mouse as I find the laptop keyboard and touch pad awkward to use.

So yes, you can use your laptop as a desktop Cool


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  Reply # 161958 3-Sep-2008 20:39
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Should not be a drama on the acer 4520 as they dont get very hot with the lid closed...
I used mine like this for a week when my main desktop was out of action. (I ditched vista for ubuntu on this machine too)Cool



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  Reply # 162017 4-Sep-2008 08:20
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Yay, I have done it and its working good!

Played Battlefield 2 for a few hours, and it didn't feel overly warm, and fan didn't go any more than usual.

But now I want to know, is there a way to turn the laptop on while the lid is shut, as they on button is "under the lid", rather than on the side like on my Toshibas.

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  Reply # 162050 4-Sep-2008 10:07
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Comradehunt: But now I want to know, is there a way to turn the laptop on while the lid is shut, as they on button is "under the lid", rather than on the side like on my Toshibas.


My current laptop (HP) has a power on/off button on its docking station.

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  Reply # 167193 25-Sep-2008 22:17
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Best bet is to go for a docking station. Makes it much less of a pain than plugging in lots of cords. Worthwhile investment,

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  Reply # 167197 25-Sep-2008 22:25
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Otherwise you could go for a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, then all you'd have to plug in is your monitor.

For powering on, you could hibernate or sleep, then wake on keyboard.  Though not absolutely zero power use it isnt far from it and would achieve your goal without forking out the moolah for a docking station (they somehow seem so '90s)

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Reply # 167198 25-Sep-2008 22:26
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I have my laptop always open on top of a stand. I use a cordless keyboard/mouse set and a second LCD - two monitors (laptop is primary, LCD is secondary).

This way it's always open, cooling down, and I have two monitors.




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Reply # 167205 25-Sep-2008 22:38
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anthonybs: Best bet is to go for a docking station. Makes it much less of a pain than plugging in lots of cords. Worthwhile investment,


Couldn't agree more.

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