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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 ( 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

Installation – Update The PC USB 3.0 Host Controller and Display Adapter Drivers

During the initial setup and installation of any Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station it’s critical to update your laptop’s (or Windows 8 Pro tablet’s) USB 3.0 Host Controller AND Display Adapter Drivers BEFORE installing the DisplayLink dock drivers.  This will make sure your system is working optimally with the dock. By not updating these drivers you will find that your docking station will function inconsistently.  For example, down the road […]

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