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USB 3.0 Docking Station

asked 2016-04-04 06:36:33 -0500

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Hello, Does anyone have experience with USB 3.0 docking stations on Fedora 23? I read quite a lot about problems with DisplayLink and Linux drivers. Are there any supported universal docking stations out there? Can anyone recommand a dockings station?

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answered 2016-04-16 00:07:29 -0500

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Hello, I finaly received my new XPS 13 9350 (2016) and the D3100 dock. I ordered the Developer Edition, so no issue with WLAN card. I installed the DisplayLink driver from here . and it works pretty good. Everything is working. Google Chrome was not realy working on the Monitor which is connected through DisplayLink. I had to disable the Hardware Acceleration in Google Chrome.

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answered 2016-04-05 06:23:49 -0500

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I have a USB 3 docking station from Targus. Everything other than the video ports (one DVI and one HDMI) work fine; sound, mic, USB2 & USB3 ports, Gig networking and power supply. Of course, one of the main reasons I got it was for the video ports (buyer beware - foolishly bought before investigating compatibility).

I tried using the video ports again after upgrading to F23 recently and still not working. To my knowledge DisplayLink are the only company providing chips for video over USB3 and they don't support Linux. DisplayLink are not prepared (apparently), to assist in anyway (e.g. providing API info or documentation) the development of a Linux driver; admittedly I haven't checked their site recently (say, last 6 months) to see if their stance has changed.

Apparently there is minimal support for DisplayLink chips in the Kernel when used with USB2 based docking stations - but I have never tested it.

In my case the Docking station has at least still been useful, albeit expensive given the lack of video support. I only need to plug in three cables to my laptop when I "dock" it - USB3 cable to the station, power and mini DP video cable. Everything else is plugged into the docking station.

Part of the reason I bought it initially was to give me access to two external monitors, my laptop at the time only had one output. Since then I have got a new laptop that has both DP and HDMI outputs, but even better I have two monitors that allow me to daisy-chain them off the one DP 1.2 port - so only one cable required from the laptop to drive two external monitors, and the docking station doesn't have a DP port anyway.

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Thanks for your answer. Maybe this will help you. I never test it by myself. Probably you can test it and share your experience.

focks gravatar imagefocks ( 2016-04-05 11:36:42 -0500 )edit

Interesting! Thanks for this. I will give this a try, but unfortunately it will be at least a month before I get to it. Heading away and no time to play with this before I go. I will advise if it works when I get the time to play.

snowolfe gravatar imagesnowolfe ( 2016-04-05 19:12:42 -0500 )edit

As soon as i receive my new hardware (XPS13 2016) and a D3100 DisplayLink dockingstation i will test it as well.

focks gravatar imagefocks ( 2016-04-06 06:16:19 -0500 )edit

any news? I have a Fedora 25 on a XPS 13 9360 (late 2016) but both the docking and the DA200 are not working. (the DA200 only for very small resolutions...)

simalps gravatar imagesimalps ( 2017-01-06 05:13:35 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-03-23 10:32:47 -0500

JetStream gravatar image

Not sure if this will help. I have had success with Fedora 24 and Dell USB 3.0 Dock (MKS14) with 2 external displays.

Posted the steps and my experience here.

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