Extend the possibilities of your Surface Pro via Plugable’s USB 3.0 docking station – watch us attach 2 external monitors, mouse, and ethernet, all with the convenience of one USB connection to the Surface Pro via our USB 3.0 UD-3000 docking station.
Yesterday DisplayLink released the latest driver v7.2 M0 for Windows. We’ve been testing it here at Plugable and so far the results are very positive. Among other things, we’re excited that it fixes a number of recent compatibility and performance issues found with Windows 8 Metro apps. We recommend downloading this driver version for all USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Plugable display adapters and laptop docking stations, for all versions of Windows.
Note: The DisplayLink installer will uninstall older DisplayLink drivers, update firmware on the device, and install new drivers. This will result in a few minutes of on/off blank screens and Windows Plug and Play complaining about no driver in the middle of the process. Wait for the install to complete, and reboot to finish it off.
So far we’ve been able to confirm the following key fixes for this driver release:
- Fixed issues with Metro apps sometimes taking an extra 10-15s to open on any screen when DisplayLink drivers are installed. In our testing we experienced no delays opening Metro apps.
- Fixed an issue with a recent Chrome update causing the browser to hang when driver v7.1 is installed on the system. 7.2 is now compatible with the latest version of Chrome.
- Fixed an issue on Win 8 with Metro video playback apps not working when in the presence of DisplayLink driver. We were able to play Netflix and Hulu via the Metro app after upgrading to 7.2 (make sure to reboot after upgrade)
- 7.2 is now compatible with devices using the newer Intel Atom chipsets with PowerVR graphics (the Clovertrail and Medfield lines). These are typically on low-end Windows 8 tablets. Keep in mind that these PowerVR based devices have a total display size limitation (which includes the native screen) of 4096×4096, so will that’ll typically only be enough for 1 external monitor to be used.
- 7.2 also includes a re-vamped NIC driver and firmware for the UD-3000 docking station. In our testing we’ve hit one specific scenario that causes the dock to disconnect from the host machine – after we perform speedtest.net tests repeatedly, the upload speed eventually reaches 0, and connected displays begin to flash on and off. But we weren’t able to reproduce this problem through normal usage of the dock, even after downloading/uploading large files. We’re waiting to hear back from DisplayLink for further details on this issue.
- 7.2 M0 does not solve the existing problem where full-screen DirectX 11 games will not run in the presence of DisplayLink drivers (on any screen). Games must be run windowed (if they have that option), or DisplayLink drivers must be uninstalled and re-installed after.
DisplayLink lists the following fixes in the release notes for 7.2:
- Ethernet connection lost when setting MAC address to ‘not present’.
- Temporary screen corruption when changing mode from extend to clone.
- Some web-based video streaming services like Netflix may sometimes not work on DisplayLink screens.
- Ethernet packets corruption.
- On Windows XP sometimes DisplayLink monitors may remain in power save mode until replug after resuming computer from sleep.
- Ethernet packets with incorrect MAC address being sent from DisplayLink dock.
- Image quality very poor for high fps video.
- Metro applications on Windows 8 take up to 10 seconds to open.
- Blue screen when rebooting first time after installation of DisplayLink drivers.
- USB port stops responding after replugging DisplayLink device.
- Large frame sent over Ethernet using DisplayLink device trigger network errors.
- Wake On Lan doesn’t work on Windows 8.
- Ethernet doesn’t work after computer is resumed from sleep using Wake On Lan.
- Disabling Wake On Lan with magic packets is not honoured.
We’d appreciate any feedback you have on the 7.2 drivers. If you run into any issues just comment below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d be glad to help!
USB is the easiest way to connect one or more extra monitors to a computer, but drivers are required to make it all work.
Two events this week have made attaching multiple monitors to Mac OS X systems better:
- On Thursday March 14th, Apple released OS X 10.8.3, which fixed some key bugs in Mac OS X support for multiple displays. Fixes include avoiding potentially show-stopping login screen issues. Some smaller Apple bugs remain, including that drag/drop may get hung at times. A sleep/wake cycle kicks OS X out of that state. Also, as of 10.8.3 OS X doesn’t yet support USB 3.0 audio devices. So USB 3.0 docks and HDMI adapters won’t have any audio function (via USB 3.0; connecting via USB 2.0 will work).
- Today, March 22nd, DisplayLink has promoted their V 2.0 driver series out of beta. For the first time, DisplayLink’s driver for Mac OS X now has support for USB 3.0-generation DisplayLink devices, like the Plugable UD-3000 Universal Laptop Docking station, and Plugable USB3-HDMI-DVI Graphics Adapter. The DisplayLink drivers still do not support OpenGL applications on the USB-attached screen, but for normal web and business application use, they’re great for enabling multiple monitors and projectors on a Mac.
We’ve been testing these new releases on our Macs here, and while things aren’t perfect, these are huge steps forward, — we are really excited about the improvements.
If you have any questions, feel free to post here and we’ll be happy to help. Thanks for going out of your way for Plugable products!