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Time To Change Your Oil !?

Thee DocKtor was dialoging with, almost admonishing, Mrs. DocKtor this weekend about the importance of proper maintenance for her car when it occurred to him how often he sees PCs that are not being maintained.  Just like a car needs the occasionally oil change, a PC needs updates. With the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, various firmware and software changes to support hardware changes of the various […]

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Targus DOCK220 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with Power Delivery

Targus rounds out its docking station line with the versatile high-performance USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (an Alternate Mode) DOCK220.  The DOCK220 is Intel certified for both PC and Macbooks. The DOCK220 supports Dual Role USB Type-C Power Delivery 3.0 for both PC (Windows and Linux) and MacBook hosts.  As a PD Source it supplies up to 85W at the following levels: 5Vdc @ 3A 9Vdc @ 3A 15Vdc @ 3A […]

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DisplayLink Releases v.8.4 for Windows

DisplayLink announced v.8.4 is now available.  Using this version of the software should work, but Targus has not validated this release with all 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. A list of all updates in 8.4 is follows. More information can be found […]

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Display Scaling in Windows 10 and Windows 7 AERO

Thee DocKtor has noticed inconsistencies of scaling, orientation, attachment, etc. that vary with graphics adaptor driver versions, Windows versions, and various monitor’s manufacturers, resolutions, and sizes.  Some users describe it as “fuzzy” graphics. To date these have been due to multiple monitors whether through a USB DisplayLink, DisplayPort Alternate Mode dock, or Thunderbolt dock, dongle, or directly attached to the local graphics adaptor. For possible fixes to the issue of “fuzzy” display […]

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Targus Validates DisplayLink v.1.3.54 for Ubuntu Linux

The v.1.3.54 release has been prepared to be compatible with Ubuntu 14.04.x LTS and 16.04 LTS. Other variants and editions may be compatible if they meet minimum O/S requirements, but are not supported.  Many of these can be found on associated forums. The full release notes are shown here. Thee DocKtor has validated this version with all DisplayLink based Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS). Upgrade Instructions Uninstall the current DisplayLink […]

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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 1.3 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 for OS X and macOS High Sierra

DisplayLink has released v.4.0.0 for OS X and macOS.  Targus is recommending all MacBook users update to this version.  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 […]

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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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