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Macbook Users Unite

Was the release of “Mavericks” any better than the release of Windows 8.1 Preview? Not for the DocKtor! The DocKtor was content with the functionality and performance of his Targus docks with OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.5, but like most thought a free upgrade to Mavericks 10.9 could only improve the experience. Boy was the DocKtor wrong, see http://www.displaylink.com/support/ticket.php?id=354 . With all due respect to the “Apple Biters” (the DocKtor also […]

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Slow Docking? Check the Device Installation Settings.

Activity Based Working (ABW) or “Hotelling” has highlighted a Windows setting that delays connection of USB devices while drivers are downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Update Server. Changing the Device Installation Settings will prevent this unnecessary delay each time you connect to a “new”, or different docking station (or any other USB device with a new device ID) or connect a docking station to a PC’s USB port not previously […]

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Display Data Channel DDC Dock Support

Alas, the Targus Universal Docking Stations DO NOT support DDC/CI for modifying monitor parameters like brightness, contrast, and color calibration. If color calibration is needed, it is recommended to calibrate the monitor using the local PC’s external monitor port and then connecting the monitor to the dock. The feature was in the original DisplayLink DL-1×5 family, but Targus now uses the DL-3xxx family. DisplayLink found little interest in the feature and […]

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MTU Size Matters

A large government (no this is not a Democrat vs. Republican argument) customer found that some of their remote users were having problems logging onto internal web sites over VPN when using the Targus Universal Docking Station’s GbE port. If they used a local PC Ethernet port or wireless Ethernet, things were fine. What was eventually determined was that the MTU size for the Targus dock is 1500 bytes (default), […]

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VLI812 USB Hub Firmware Update

Applicable to Targus Universal Docking Station ACP71 Item 61 and greater only or ACP076 ONLY! Firmware version 9084 adds the following features: Option to enable CDP charging mode. Optimized SSC settings to improve signal integrity and reliability * USB 3.0 Fixed an issue where the hub might detect a device’s termination too early, causing the downstream port to go into compliance mode. Improved compatibility with various hosts when SSC is […]

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Power Tip Tips for Targus ACP71 Docking Stations

The procedure is outlined on a removable sticker placed on the ACP71 as shown, but since many of them look alike, and even may fit, it is possible to select the wrong power tip for your PC. Inside the ACP71 lid Targus has placed another sticker showing the recommended tips by letter corresponding to the PC brand. Find the tip labeled for your PC that fits into the socket, snap […]

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Dude, Where’s My Mouse?

  It’s hard for the DocKtor to admit that his eyes are getting older, especially since he moonlights as a Soccer Referee, but alas I do lose track of my mouse from time to time.  This happens most often when using six or so monitors.  I just cannot find the cursor (or see it) on a monitor even when I move the mouse around and around.  Fortunately, some folks at […]

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How to Build an Enterprise Class Workstation with a $249 PC

By The Targus DocKtor The Dell Venue™ 8 Pro is $249. Indeed, this little PC—and it is a real PC—runs Windows® 8.1 Pro, not Windows RT™, or like an iPad®, or like a Chromebook™. No; this is a PC in a tablet’s body. Key Advantages of the Dell Venue 8 Pro Most users will be happy to use it docked as the center processing element in an office workstation where they can […]

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