Category Archives: Installing

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Windows 7 Won’t Update? Here’s What to Do

Like Windows XP before it, Windows 7 has proven to be a reliable and steadfast platform with many users reluctant to upgrade to newer versions. Even over a year after the end of mainstream support for Windows 7 by Microsoft, web traffic statistics site StatCounter reports that over 40% of users are still using Windows 7, […]

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Get Rid of Raspberry Pi Cables with Plugable Keyboards and Raspbian Jessie

The Raspberry Pi makes a great platform for everything from basic computing to automation and the Internet of Things (IoT), but wires and cabling are always a challenge when using it. Now you can dump that pesky keyboard cable with Plugable’s Bluetooth folding keyboards and Jessie, the latest version of the Pi’s Raspbian OS (kernel […]

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Video Cables Untangled

Many Plugable products, like our USB docking stations and USB video adapters, allow you to connect additional displays to your system. However, deciding which cable types to use for those displays can be confusing. I will try to clarify the situation in this post. The image below shows the back of our UD-3900 USB docking […]

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Plugable Launches Small, Durable USB to Audio Adapter for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook Systems

The new Plugable USB Audio Adapter is a compact, effortless solution for adding an external audio interface to nearly any computer or tablet. The adapter has separate standard 3.5mm receptacles for stereo headphones and microphones. It lets you easily USB enable your favorite analog headset or headphones, so you don’t need to compromise to get USB connectivity […]

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Using the USB2-E100 on Windows RT

Officially, we don’t support our USB 2.0 10/100 Network Adapter on Windows RT. This is because Windows RT won’t recognize it automatically — Windows RT 8.1 lacks the plug and play IDs, and doesn’t provide a way to install INFs or 3rd party drivers to provide them after the fact. The full Intel/AMD version of […]

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Supporting PXE over USB Deployment Scenarios for tablets and ultrabooks

Many enterprise IT admins are facing a new challenge: how to deploy and manage systems with only WiFi for networking and USB for IO ports.  As a result, we’re often asked whether our USB network adapters support PXE boot.  In short, this is the wrong question- Mu. When designing a deployment environment where USB is […]

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Plugable USB Ethernet Adapters – Driver Updates with Windows 8.1 Upgrade

Q: What actions are needed for installing Plugable USB Ethernet adapters when upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8? Note: these instructions only apply to traditional Intel/AMD based Windows, not Windows RT A: When upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, if you have our USB2-E100, it is supported with no additional actions needed as […]

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USB Graphics Support on Mac Gets A Double Boost

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 […]

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nVidia drivers Oct 2012 and Later vs. DisplayLink Dec 2012 and Earlier

We’re seeing a number of reports that nVidia’s drivers for certain chipsets dated October 2012 and later have problems in the presence of DisplayLink drivers. When things like this have happened in the past, DisplayLink has released updates which “catch up” to nVidia’s newer drivers. Unfortunately, as of the current DisplayLink release (7.1 M0 just […]

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