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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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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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