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Optimizing Your Targus DOCK410 Experience

As previously reported, not all USB Type-C (aka USB-C) ports are the same. While Type-C enables video, data, and power over a single connection it doesn’t mean all the capabilities have been implemented on the host or device.  And even if the receptacle is marked, various hosts and devices are not always compatible. The good news is that of all the USB Type-C docking stations that we’ve evaluated, the Targus […]

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Targus Universal USB 3.0 Dual Cinema 4K2K 60Hz 24 bpp DOCK160USZ Release

On December 8, Targus® and DisplayLink® announced the upcoming release of the DisplayLink DL-6950 based DOCK160USZ. See the announcement here and the DOCK160USZ product page here.  The DOCK160USZ functions very similarly to other Targus USB 3.0-based docks, but the performance is much higher on Mac OS-X and Windows PC than any other USB 3.0 dock on the market. Given the host’s graphics can support it, it is possible to get […]

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Which DisplayPort and HDMI Specifications Do Targus Docks Support?

The DisplayPort (DP) monitor ports of Targus universal docking stations are all DP1.2a++ compliant except for the ACP77USZ; the ACP77 is DP1.2++ (no “a”).  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisplayPort for details.   All of the docks are HDMI1.4 compliant.  The DOCK160 and DOCK177 are HDMI 2.0 compliant.  The only docking station to support DisplayPort 1.2a++ Multi-Stream Transport (MST) is the DOCK410USZ.  However, Thee DocKtor has noted that late model OS X based Apple MacBooks […]

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Windows® and Intel® Graphics Don’t Always Agree

In determining the capabilities of a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 host, we’ve noted that the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel and Windows Advanced display settings do not always agree; see above where the numbering is different. Also, if an external monitor’s orientation was modified in the Intel panel, the monitor’s orientation will change after clicking on the Apply button. Similarly, if changing the layout orientation, the monitor’s resolution will change […]

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MacBook® Doesn’t Support Multi-Stream Transport

The issue with USB Type-C docking (and video adapters, etc.) on MacBooks (2015-2016) is that Mac OS-X does not support DisplayPort (DP) 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport (MST). However, there are MST capabilities in most implementations of Windows® and Linux® OS platforms.  Using Targus’ DOCK410USZ, USB-C Universal Docking Station with Power Delivery Profile 4 (up to 60W) to both DP monitor ports will render displays, but the rendering will be in duplicate […]

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A Word About OS-X Support of DisplayLink

Many users who work with OS-X often feel unsupported when raising platform issues issues in PC-based enterprises.  The standard recommendation is for an expensive hardware upgrade to a current OS-X-based platform as a “fix” to the issue.  This is common with external monitors, especially non-branded Apple and USB monitors. When using MacBooks with OS-X and Targus Universal Docking Stations, some helpful application notes are available here . These known issues have […]

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Targus Introduces a USB-C™ Laptop Docking Station to its Extensive Universal Docking Station Lineup

The DOCK410USZ uses DisplayPort (DP) Alternate Mode over USB Type-C to support simultaneously using any two of the following ports: one HDMI 1.4 and/or two DP 1.2a ports at up to 4K2K at 30Hz. There is also a DVI-D port supporting up to 2048×1152 for legacy connections. The DP 1.2a ports also support Multi-Stream Transport (MST) for daisy-changed monitors.  Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) over USB Type-C contains DP so the DisplayPort […]

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Targus Validates DisplayLink® v1.2 for Ubuntu Linux

This release has been prepared to be compatible with Ubuntu 14.04.x LTS and 16.04 LTS. Other variants and editions may be compatible if they meet minimum O/S requirements, but are not supported. The full release notes are shown here. We have validated this version with Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS). Upgrade Instructions Uninstall the current DisplayLink Ubuntu driver with the following command on a Terminal and then follow the Installation […]

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Targus’ A, B, C of USB

    As Thee DocKtor reported before, any Targus USB docking station can be used to dock to a Windows®, Mac OS X®, Chromebook®, or Linux PC with a USB Type-C cable/adapter. Keep in mind, it won’t power the host, see https://targusblog.com/2016/02/29/usb-type-c-for-targus-universal-docking-stations/. Note, USB Type-C can carry many things (see https://targusblog.com/2016/08/25/usb-type-c-receptacle-markings/) but it must always include USB3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and this is where the adapter works. While Thee DocKtor seen […]

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No option to duplicate monitors on Windows® 10 Anniversary Update

If you don’t see an option to duplicate a display to the externally connected DisplayLink® display, this may be due to the graphic driver for your primary graphics card being out of date. Please make sure to update the driver from the Intel®, AMD, or NVIDIA website, as the latest version may not be available from your computer manufacturer. The ability for a graphics card to duplicate its display to […]

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