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Latest Windows 10 Fast Ring RS3 Build 16215 Broke My Targus Dock!

Those of you on the Fast Ring for evaluating Red Stone 3 Builds of Windows 10 may have noticed that Build 16215 wreaked havoc with DisplayLink USB Monitors. According to the Windows 10 Blog Microsoft states, “ADDED 6/9: Any external monitor connected to a DisplayLink dock will not work. You will likely just see a static logon screen. Your local display should continue to work as normal.” Microsoft is working on […]

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Need More Monitors for a Type-C Host?

Targus has released a set of USB Type-C Display Port Alternate Mode Adaptors compatible with Thunderbolt 3 ports.  All three provide video to an external monitor when connected to either USB Type-C Thunderbolt or DisplayPort Alternate Mode host ports.  (They do not provide another monitor connection on USB 3.0 Type-A or USB SuperSpeed Type-C ports, nor do they provide Type-C Power Delivery or PD Pass Through.) The ACA932 provides up […]

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Targus Validates DisplayLink R3.1 for macOS X

Targus has posted the latest release 3.1 for macOS X under Support on the dock product pages at Targus.com.  Release 3.1 is for bug fixes and work arounds in OS X as far back as version 10.10.5. The installation or upgrade is silent, therefore screens connected to Targus UDS may require a few seconds to appear for the first time.   Targus has noticed that Apple appears to be addressing […]

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Targus adds ACA44 Type-C Adapter for USB Data and “3-Pin” Power

Targus has released the ACA44 adaptor (a tip of sorts) for connecting the Targus “3-Pin” DC power cable implementations of Targus UDS with a USB Type-C Host at $59.99 SRP. Like the ACA41, the ACA44 combines the USB Type-A Cable that normally would be connected directly to the host with the DC power cable, but in this case the 3-Pin DC power cable, from the DOCK171/177 or ACP71/77-80 (and higher) […]

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DisplayLink Releases v.8.2M2 for Windows

DisplayLink announced v.8.2M2 is now available.  Using this version of the software should work, but Targus has not completed validation of this version of software and drivers for use with Targus Universal Docking Stations and associated utilities.  This release has not been submitted for distribution on Windows Update for Targus Universal Docking Stations and Targus is not providing .MSI files for it yet. This software contains the following new features: […]

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Use Only Targus Provided PSU for DOCK120

It is very important to use only the Targus model of Power Supply Unit (PSU) that came with the associated Targus Universal Docking Station (UDS) model.  Many PSU look alike and may even have very similar barrel type connectors, however they vary in capabilities and specifications.  Not using the correct PSU may cause damage to the UDS.  For instance, the DOCK120 accepts only a 5Vdc PSU and not the higher […]

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Using Targus ACP71 and ACP77 Power Tips

The DocKtor is exposed to all kinds of unique things when using Universal products.  Some of the more common mistakes, and their fixes, when using universal power from a dock ACP71 or ACP77 include: Be sure to use the correct power tip, not just one that fits.  Many power tips look alike and may even fit in the host computer but it is important to reference the installation guide inside […]

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Targus Introduces New “3-Pin” Power Tip Design and Tip System

What: Targus is introducing a new “3-pin” power tip system for applicable Universal Docking Stations (UDS) and Universal Power Supplies (e.g. AC and DC chargers). The system includes a 3-pin DC cable and 3-pin power tip to replace the older 2-pin design. It will be included with the ACP71-80/81 and ACP77-80/81 models. The “81” also uses the 3-pin power DC cable and power tip set, but with a new PSU […]

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PT-H2 Power Tip Replacement Program

Targus has determined that certain ACP71USZ-66 and ACP77USZ-66 shipped in March and April may have issues with the H2 power tips installed. The issue with the tips affect the functionality where it will not provide power or charging to the HP PC host.  If you determine that you have affected H2 power tips, please contact your Targus representative for free replacement tips.

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No Refresh/Re-Rendering for Parts of an Application Window

Targus, DisplayLink, and Microsoft are aware of the issue, see https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/no-refreshre-rendering-on-parts-of-a-program/7553c7cd-a567-4424-aa1a-4f604de70661?rtAction=1479481187951 .  This often-intermittent issue is not specific to using Targus docking stations but rather to using external monitors with Windows 10. Microsoft has addressed this issue in the Windows 10 Creators Update but not in previous versions of Windows 10.  If you are experiencing the issue and do not plan to upgrade to the Creators Update, please contact Microsoft […]

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