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Targus UDS Troubleshooting Guide

Targus has developed the Targus UDS Troubleshooting Guide . It was written to provide users with the basic steps to complete when setting up a Targus Universal Docking Station (UDS) commonly called a “dock”. This guide is not meant to be a supersede an installation or deployment guide, nor is it a how-to guide for the operation of Windows PC or other applicable platforms. However, it may contain instructions applicable to […]

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It’s Time To Reboot Windows!

With most major updates to the OS it is often necessary to reboot for full dock and PC functionality.  This is apparent with the Creators Update for Windows 10.  Please be sure to reboot your PC when installing the update. We have noticed that on some PC, it is necessary to re-connect the external monitors, either mirrored or extended, after the update and reboot. The DocKtor has been running Windows […]

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PXE Boot or Pre-Boot Targus UDS GbE Support

Thee DocKtor is often asked, “Do Targus UDS support PXE Boot?” This would mean that the host PC would have to have BIOS support for the GbE MAC/PHY downstream from the host USB and on the other side of the Targus UDS USB hub and DisplayLink SOC.  In essence, Windows would have to boot over GbE over USB.  Thee DocKtor has heard that there is one Dell model that does […]

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The Myth of Vertical Dock Desk Space Savings

Many dock users tell The DocKtor that vertical docks actually take up more space then the wedge shaped horizontal Targus Universal Docking Stations.  This is obvious to dock users but not as apparent when simply looking at a dock out of the box.  Indeed, at first glance, the vertical standing docks look sexy by themselves, but once you connect them up, they look more like some sort of Rube Goldberg […]

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Dock Tray

While the current set of Targus Universal Docking Stations are designed in a horizontal wedge shape so that the dock takes up zero desk space, The DocKtor has seen the various off-desktop mountings including Velcro used for under the desk, in-walls, floors, ceilings, etc.  A large Targus customer was also using a basket of sorts to mount the docks under the desks.  With this idea in mind, Targus developed and now supplies an […]

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OS Downgrade – And OEM Driver Packaging

The majority of large Enterprises are still using Windows 7 versus Windows 8/8.1. The OEM built machines come with Windows 8/8.1 standard and the machines must be reimaged to the Standard Operating Environment (SOE) which includes the Windows 7 OS. The computer OEMs’ provide corporate deployment “packages” and downgrade instructions on their websites to deliver the hardware drivers required by the system under a Windows 7 OS. This is all […]

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Targus Universal Docking Stations Typical Power

The following are typical power output numbers associated with the Targus Docking Universal Docking Station. Model Wall to PSU(in) PSU(out) to Dock Dock to PC PSU Only (mW) Dock No Load + PSU (mW) Connected To Host In S1-S4 (mW) Maximum Peak Power S0 ACP77 100-240V-2.5A, 50-60Hz 19.5Vdc * 6.15A = 120W 19.5Vdc * 4.6A = 90W 200 3300 4860 140 ACP71 Item 61+ 100-240V-2.5A, 50-60Hz 19.5Vdc * 6.15A = […]

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