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Targus Validates DisplayLink v.4.1 for Ubuntu Linux

This is DisplayLink Software 4.1.0 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 17.10.1.  Thee DocKtor has validated this version on a minimal set of Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS).  The software is available on each of the applicable dock product pages under Support i.e. at USB Graphics Software for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS & 17.10.1 (v.4.1) – December 2017

The driver enables video support for products using DisplayLink USB 3.0 technology. Standard native Ubuntu drivers provide support for DisplayLink audio and Ethernet interfaces. It provides production quality support for DisplayLink USB 3.0 devices on specific variants of desktop Ubuntu Linux.

This release has been prepared to be compatible with Ubuntu. Other variants and editions may be compatible if they meet minimum O/S requirements, but are not supported.

  • The full release notes are shown here
  • A list of limitations and known issues can be found here.
  • Troubleshooting Ubuntu is shown here.

Upgrade Instructions

Uninstall the current DisplayLink Ubuntu driver sudo displaylink-installer uninstall wand then follow the Installation Instructions below.

Installation Instructions

  1. Make sure your Ubuntu distribution is up to date by running sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get dist-upgrade from a Terminal. If the distribution is not up to date, you may find issues with blank or corrupted USB displays.
  2. Extract the .run file from the .zip file.
  3. Make the .run file executable by right clicking on the file and choose “Properties”.  Check the “Allow executing file as a program” box.
  4. Install the DKMS framework from a Terminal using the command sudo apt-get install dkms
  5. Execute the DisplayLink .run file using the Terminal, by cding to the directory containing the .run file and running the command sudo ./ 
  6. The DisplayLink software should install as shown below.
  7. You can now connect and may need to reconnect your DisplayLink products to the computer and restart.

Categories: Linux, Update

2 replies

  1. Thank you on how installing the driver but would it be possible to leave a link to the driver ?


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