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DisplayPort Alternate Mode vs. DP Alt. Mode

Thee DocKtor realizes that DisplayPort Alternate Mode and DP Alt. Mode may appear to be the same and just spelled differently, and this was done to get your attention. Now that I have it, please read further so that I may explain. DisplayPort Alternate Mode (aka DP Alt. Mode) can be designed with two, three, or four lanes of DisplayPort 1.2 HBR data, the latter supporting 4K @ 60Hz, see […]

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Targus Universal Docking Station Utilities Cross Reference

While not every combination is validated, the following table shows which Targus Universal Docking Station (UDS) Utilities are designed to work with the corresponding Targus UDS models (click to enlarge): For more about the Targus UDS Utilities click on their titles below or see the corresponding Targus UDS product page at http://www.targus.com . WiFi AutoSwitch MAC Address Clone Display Configuration Ghost Device Removal

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DisplayLink Releases v.4.0.0 Beta for OS X and macOS High Sierra

DisplayLink has released v.4.0.0 Beta for OS X and macOS.  Targus is currently validating it but this version is necessary for High Sierra and appears to work back to OS X 10.11.6.   General Limitations: Clamshell mode (built-in screen off while the lid is closed) requires a monitor to be connected to the Mac’s built-in video output even if other DisplayLink screens are available. DisplayLink screens are not available at […]

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DisplayLink Releases v.8.3M0 for Windows

DisplayLink announced v.8.3M0 is now available.  Using this version of the software should work, but Targus has no plans to validate this release with Targus Universal Docking Stations or Targus UDS Utilities.  This release has not been submitted for distribution on Windows Update for Targus Universal Docking Stations and Targus is not providing .MSI/.INF files for it. This software contains the following new features: – HDCP 1.x capability on DL-3xxx/DL-5xxx […]

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Product Discontinuance Notice for 2-pin ACP71USZ, ACP77USZ, and Associated Accessories

Targus introduced a new 3-pin power tip design and system here. The older, 2-pin versions of ACP71USZ and ACP77USZ, Items numbered -66 and lower are being discontinued for purchase on December 31, 2017.  Additionally, the associated 2-pin accessories ACA41 Type-C Multiplexer and ACC984 Hydra Cable Adaptor are also being discontinued in North America.  Other geographies may still offer these products.  There are existing quantities of 2-pin Item Number “-66” ACP71USZ […]

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Targus Universal Docking Station Supported Resolutions

If the host’s graphics support it, Targus Universal Docking Stations support the display monitor resolutions indicated in the following chart.  These are only a subset of the resolutions supported; called the most met resolutions, but resolutions in between these are also supported. #            Only available over DisplayPort and HDMI outputs †            Only available over DisplayPort output ¥            Only available when using a single video output, not supported in dual-head […]

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Blurry DisplayPort Monitor Rendering in Windows

Some modern monitors are using a different way of reporting their Dynamic Range in their associated EDID, and this is affecting the video quality on the docks’ DisplayPort outputs. The new format can result in blurry text, poor contrast (i.e. Philips 241P) or displays not rendering (i.e. Dell UP3017) an image even though they are detected in Display Settings. Thankfully the monitors affected are few and far between as at […]

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