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Targus Validates DisplayLink R4.1 for macOS

Targus has posted the latest release 4.1 for macOS X under Support on the dock product pages at Targus.com.  Release 4.1 is for bug fixes and work arounds in macOS X as far back as version 10.11 including: Low Ethernet performance on DL-6xxx device when external screen is set to resolutions below 1080p. On some DL-6xxx the Ethernet activity LED 0 stays blank. Headset may have a pop noise on […]

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Dual 8Kp60 Anyone?

During CES 2018, Thee DocKtor and DisplayLink setup a demonstration of the technology using the latest DisplayLink software with four Targus DOCK177 to show the equivalent of dual 8Kp60.  Check out the video (in 1080p) here: Note, we didn’t have any 8K content or monitors hence the setup in the video.

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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 “fuzzy” graphics others just “lag” in dragging windows. These issues have manifested when using multiple monitors whether through a USB DisplayLink, DisplayPort Alternate Mode dock, or Thunderbolt dock, dongle, or directly attached to the local graphics adaptor. A great article on display monitor […]

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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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Product Discontinuance Notice for 2-pin ACP71USZ, ACP77USZ, and Associated Accessories

Targus introduced a new 3-pin power tip design and system here. The older, 2-pin versions of ACP71USZ and ACP77USZ, Items numbered -66 and lower are being discontinued for purchase on December 31, 2017.  Additionally, the associated 2-pin accessories ACA41 Type-C Multiplexer and ACC984 Hydra Cable Adaptor are also being discontinued in North America.  Other geographies may still offer these products.  There are existing quantities of 2-pin Item Number “-66” ACP71USZ […]

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