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White Paper: Display Interfaces 101 – The past, present and future of display standards

Background In all things electronic, ongoing innovation delivers the welcome benefits of continual improvement. A somewhat less enjoyable corollary is the shifting landscape of speeds, feeds, specs and standards to which one must continually adjust. Display interfaces are no exception. Just over ten years ago the integration of audio and video, following on the heels of the transition from analog to digital, revolutionized the quality of video output. And along […]

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White Paper: Universal docking stations support today’s alternative workspaces

Background For decades offices were predictably designed around a hierarchical system of cubicles and corner offices. Consistent, assigned seating was an employee’s home away from home. These traditional workplace arrangements began to change in the 1990s with the advent of telecommuting. Advances in communications and computer technology have continued to fuel this trend away from the traditional office, giving rise to legions of home office workers and laptop-wielding road warriors. […]

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PC Drivers Locked or Will Not Update

As with any peripheral, it is always important to keep the drivers up-to-date.  This is especially important for even newly purchased and deployed machines. Unfortunately, some PC manufacturers do not enable end-users to update the device drivers on their PC. For example, a pop-up message like the one below may occur when trying to update a driver. In this case, it may be necessary to use the laptop or tablet […]

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Universal Docking, Not Just A Port Replicator

When I first started using a universal dock even I, the DocTar, had trouble getting my head around the difference between using an old fangled snap-in proprietary dock (sometimes called a “port replicator” – example below) and using a “universal dock.”  This wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_port_replicator) is pretty good at explaining the difference, but it is important to remember that a universal dock is actually a “device” containing its own hardware devices […]

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Update BIOS To Enable USB 3.0

After making sure my Lenovo X1 Carbon had updated Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller and Intel HD Graphics 4000 drivers, I still couldn’t get my Targus Universal Dock to connect to USB 3.0 – even after using the X1 Carbon’s USB 3.0 port!  In fact, the Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller did not show in the Device Manager. To quickly fix the issue, I downloaded and installed an […]

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Think about a typical usage scenario where you want to keep an eye on the stock market while completing a business case presentation, supporting spreadsheets, keeping up-to-date with e-mail, doing research on the web, etc., but you don’t want to have to click back and forth to multiple windows, closing and opening them as you go.

You want to activate windows with minimal clicks. Today’s tablets and Ultrabooks can operate multiple applications at once and you can use all of the power from your PC (or at least much more of it) to your benefit. With the Targus Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station, you can build an integrated, expanded workstation from today’s small screen form factor tablets and Ultrabooks.

Look for the configuration video in the next blog post.

Multi-Monitors Enables Productivity and Increases Efficiency

This video shows how to configure displays using the DisplayLink Manager Video Setup as well as how to use many of the basic features for configuring the virtual display monitor positions. Features like configuring the displays to match the physical monitor positions or preferred positions are shown; positioning displays horizontally and vertically, or a combination of both, are also featured. Advanced features including how to use only external displays are shown but not discussed.

DisplayLink Manager 101 Video Setup