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Thread: laptop dock compatibility

  1. #1
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    laptop dock compatibility

    Hello
    I have an aging Surface Pro gen 1, which I use for drawing, coding etc. I've been trying out Ubuntu which is so much faster on it.

    The problem I'm having is is I need a laptop dock. The only ones which seem to output to a duel display are DisplayLink which I understand doesn't work with linux?

    The only ports I have to use are;

    • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
    • 1 x Mini DisplayPort


    Is there any hope?

    Thanks
    Jonnym

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    Re: laptop dock compatibility

    Hello

    Finding Linux support for a Microsoft product can be a challenge.

    I do not run a Surface Pro, but thought you may find this link useful.

    https://gitter.im/linux-surface/support?source=orgpage

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    Re: laptop dock compatibility

    DisplayLink is supported (with proprietary drivers).

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    Re: laptop dock compatibility

    Quote Originally Posted by dddman View Post
    Hello

    Finding Linux support for a Microsoft product can be a challenge.

    I do not run a Surface Pro, but thought you may find this link useful.

    https://gitter.im/linux-surface/support?source=orgpage
    I'm not sure what I'm reading there, I haven't used Ubuntu for a long time🤣.

    I will problem solve as I hit the issues, so I'm sure it will come in.

    Thanks for the help

    Jonnym

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    Re: laptop dock compatibility

    Quote Originally Posted by CelticWarrior View Post
    DisplayLink is supported (with proprietary drivers).
    I read so much online that said "stay away from displaylink and Linux". Then I found one which seemed to offer Linux drivers so I went ahead and ordered a secondhand one from Ebay to try it. Fingers crossed it works.

    Thanks for the help

    Jonnym

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