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Cables Count

A friendly reminder from your neighborhood DocKtor. Please use the cables that come with your Targus Docking Station to connect between the dock and the host.  In fact, this is required. This is especially true as we move into the Type-C era.  For instance, use the Targus Thunderbolt 3 branded cable between the DOCK220 and a Thunderbolt host PC or Macbook.  It is no longer possible to assume that if […]

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DocKtor Know Has Left The Building

After providing many years of excellent Applications Engineering service to Targus’ Docking Station customers, DocKtor Know is moving on.  Nobody will miss him more than Thee DocKtor, except maybe Thee Bag Lady.  Thanks Mark for all of your efforts and help. If anyone reading this has, or is, a candidate to fill Mark’s very big shoes as a Targus FAE for the East Coast, please contact Thee DocKtor, post here, […]

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Annoying Black Bars with 32-Bit Office

Sometimes Office does not render completely, and large sections of the screen appear blacked out as shown below.  This is especially apparent when using external monitors, especially higher resolution monitors with docking stations, where there are many pixels to be rendered. Microsoft is addressing the issue in subsequent updates to Office 32-bit.  For more information see the article here, https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Outlook-Blog/32-bit-Outlook-will-soon-be-Large-Address-Aware/ba-p/105771 .  Note, another article here explains that this may cause […]

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Targus Docking Station Dictionary

Docking Station (Dock) A device connected downstream from a host to support video, USB hub, and GbE input/output. In Targus vernacular a “dock” has an Ethernet port while a “dongle” will not. Universal Docking Station A downstream device connected to host port that can be connected to any USB Type-A/B/C data port.  Targus supports USB Type-C Power Delivery (PD) on many of its USB Type-C Universal Docking Stations; and power […]

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Targus Audio/Video Configuration Utility For Windows Version 2.02.005 Released

Targus Audio/Video Configuration Utility for Windows version 2.02.005 (formerly Display Configuration Utility for Windows version 2.01.033) was released this week for use with all Targus DisplayLink based Universal Docking Stations models: ACP71, ACP77, DOCK110, DOCK120, DOCK130, DOCK150, DOCK160, DOCK171, DOCK177, DOCK180, and DOCK190; with Windows 7 through Windows 10 Version 1709 Build 16299; with DisplayLink Software Version 8.4M0. The Targus A/V Configuration Utility is also configured to work with the […]

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DOCK190 Billboard Application Note

Users may notice the Billboard message shown below when using the DOCK190 with the ACC1104 on a W10 host PC.  It is for information purposes only and can be ignored. The message occurs even though the DOCK190 is enumerated on the USB 3.0 Host Controller.  It occurs for only a few seconds and cannot be suppressed by the host BIOS or W10 settings.  It does not occur when docking via […]

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Docking Station Selection Guide

Thee DocKtor is often asked, “Which docking station is best for (or compatible with) a specific vendor/model PC?” This question had more merit when yesterday’s “port replicators” were often specific to a host, or a few models of host PCs they were designed for.  However, nowadays “docking stations” are often universal, or at least can be used with several models of a particular vendor’s PC.  Targus’ Universal Docking Stations can […]

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Ignore Type-C DOCK 65W PD Adapter Warning

Some PC may pop-up a warning when using certain power adapters.  For instance, a Dell PC capable of a USB Type-C PD Contract of 20VDC @ 3A (60W) may warn that it requires a 65W PD contract.  This warning can be ignored and the 60W contract will be established with a Targus dock supplying it.  To disable this warning, be sure the “Enable Adapter Warnings” check box is empty in […]

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The DOCK Power Button Can Wake A MacBook or PC

The power button on the USB Type-C Targus docks DOCK410, DOCK180, DOCK190, and DOCK171/77 (with ACA44) will enable powering the electronics and ports of the dock.  In addition, the dock power button can also be used to wake a MacBook or host PC, if supported by and enabled in the host PC BIOS as shown for a Dell and an HP in the following pictures. Similarly, but without a button, […]

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