Category Archives: Using

DisplayLink Releases New Windows Driver Version 7.1 M1

Today DisplayLink released their new Windows Driver Version 7.1 M1 (7.1.45135.0). We’re excited to have this new driver out, as it fixes a number of last issues that let us recommend the latest 7.X drivers over the earlier 5.X and 6.X series drivers, on all versions of Windows. All of Plugable’s current and past USB […]

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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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Plugable UD-3000 Firmware Upgrade (for Windows 8)

Update 12/24/2012 – All Plugable UD-3000 Universal Laptop Docking Stations purchased from Amazon after Dec 24, 2012 already have the update mentioned in this article. If you purchased after that date, please skip this article. Email support@plugable.com anytime if you’re having trouble with any Plugable product. Thanks! A nice thing about the Plugable UD-3000 USB […]

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Windows RT (Surface) USB Ethernet Driver Going Away 12/23

The driver that enables certain USB Ethernet adapters like the Plugable USB2-E100 to work with new Windows RT devices like the Microsoft Surface has been pulled from the chipset manufacturer’s site (ASIX). Microsoft is requesting that it be pulled from all downstream sites also. Microsoft did not intend for this driver to be distributed. We’ve […]

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Windows 8 and DisplayLink (Deprecated)

The content of this post has been superseded. If you are having difficulties with DisplayLink in Windows 8 or 8.1, please install the latest DisplayLink drivers from here: http://displaylink.com/support/downloads.php. If you still are having problems, please contact us at http://plugable.com/support. We’re recommending that users with DisplayLink-based USB graphics devices hold off on upgrading to Windows […]

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7 Monitors on Windows 7 with USB 3.0

See 7 monitors in action using Plugable USB 3.0 hubs and graphics adapters. The hardware seen in the video are: The Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 3 Plugable USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI Adapters 4 Plugable USB 3.0 to VGA Adapters A Plugable USB 2.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter It’s extremely cool seeing this kind of setup, […]

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One Fedora 17 Box up to 16 USB Multiseat Terminals

Fedora 17, as shipped, supports only 7 or 8 plug-and-play USB terminals per machine. The cause is the kernel evdev driver’s limit of 32 input devices. You can see how your 32 evdev slots are currently getting used on a system with the command for i in {0..31..1}; do udevadm info -a -n /dev/input/event$i | […]

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Dconf configuration: GNOME 3 Fallback Mode

The Linux GNOME 3 UI assumes you have a beefy 3D GPU and capable driver, which can cause problems when that isn’t the case. Individual GNOME 3 users can fix this by setting their desktop experience to GNOME 3 “fallback mode” which can avoid the 3D compute burden. Fallback mode is an essential setting for […]

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Switcheroo! Cool Uses of a USB Switch

The best thing about interacting with customers–beyond the joy that comes from helping people solve problems–is learning the ways they’re using our products, especially when they come up with purposes beyond any we ever envisioned. Here are two examples of novel uses of the Plugable USB2-SWITCH2 USB 2.0 switch for one-button swapping of a USB device […]

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USB Gigabit Ethernet speed on Mac OS X

USB to Gigabit Ethernet adapters are especially useful for adding faster wired network capability to otherwise WiFi-only machines like the Macbook Air. You can buy Apple’s branded 10/100 USB adapter — but price-wise, it will cost more than some gigabit adapters (like our Plugable USB Gigabit adapter). A gigabit adapter is also a nice upgrade […]

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