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Contents
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Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................3
PC Requirements .........................................................................................................................................4
Windows 7 ................................................................................................................................................4
Windows Vista ..........................................................................................................................................4
Windows XP .............................................................................................................................................5
Graphics Card Support (Windows Vista/Windows 7)..................................................................................5
Graphics Card Support (Windows XP).......................................................................................................5
Supported Languages...............................................................................................................................5
Installing the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software.........................................................................................7
Windows 7 ................................................................................................................................................7
Windows Vista ..........................................................................................................................................9
Windows XP ........................................................................................................................................... 10
Using the DisplayLink Software .................................................................................................................. 12
Windows 7 - Controlling the Display ........................................................................................................ 12
Setting the Display...............................................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.13
The DisplayLink Icon Application .........................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.13
Windows Vista and Windows XP – Controlling the Display ...................................................................... 14
Setting the Display into Extend Mode................................................................................................... 16
Setting the Display into Mirror Mode .................................................................................................... 16
Windows Vista and XP – Windows Display Properties............................................................................. 17
Setting the Display into Extend Mode................................................................................................... 18
Setting the DisplayLink Display to Mirror the Primary Screen ...............................................................18
Setting the DisplayLink display as the Primary Display......................................................................... 18
Setting a Laptop Lid to do Nothing (Upon Close).................................................................................. 19
Windows Update ........................................................................................................................................ 20
Automatic Updates.................................................................................................................................. 20
Using the Updates Wizard....................................................................................................................... 20
Manual Updates .................................................................................................................................. 22
Configuring Updates............................................................................................................................23
Uninstalling the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software .................................................................................. 24
Uninstalling on Windows 7 ...................................................................................................................... 24
Uninstalling on Windows Vista and XP .................................................................................................... 24
Fit to TV ..................................................................................................................................................... 27
Why do I need Fit to TV?.........................................................................................................................27
Configuration .......................................................................................................................................... 27
Additional Information................................................................................................................................. 29
DirectX 10 Game support ........................................................................................................................ 29
Monitor Calibration.................................................................................................................................. 29
Media Playback....................................................................................................................................... 29
Using Multiple DisplayLink USB Graphics devices................................................................................... 29
Standby and Hibernate, Shut down and Restart ...................................................................................... 29
DisplayLink USB Graphics with Multiple Users ........................................................................................ 30
Disconnecting the DisplayLink USB Graphics..........................................................................................30
Supported Screen Modes........................................................................................................................ 30
Inferred Modes........................................................................................................................................ 30
Error Messages....................................................................................................................................... 30
Further Support....................................................................................................................................... 31
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Introduction
Welcome to your DisplayLink USB Graphics software. It allows you to easily connect extra monitors to your laptop or
desktop PC’s USB port.
The connected monitors can be configured to either mirror your main screen, or extend the Windows desktop allowing
visibility of more applications at the same time. The DisplayLink USB Graphics devices can also be configured to be
the primary display.
DisplayLink’s Graphics Host Software allows full configuration of all additional USB displays, including:
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Support for up to 6 additional USB Displays
Resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 (Product dependant)
Rotation
Layout of displays
Color Depth
“Fit to TV” to enable the user to configure the desktop size on a TV
“Optimze for Video” feature to enable higher video frame rates on full screen video.
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Note: Menu items and screen selections are shown in italics.
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PC Requirements
DisplayLink software can be used on PCs, from Netbooks, Notebooks/Laptops to Desktops. The driver will run on
processors ranging from Atom N270 based PCs, basic single Core CPUs, and of course the latest Dual, Quad Core and
Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs.
The performance of the software is dependent upon the processing power available, as well as the operating system in
use. More capable systems will provide better performance.
DisplayLink software is available for PCs running one of the following Windows operating systems:
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Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows XP Home or Professional (including Tablet edition) with Service Pack 2 or 3
Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2
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Recommended typical system requirements are:
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Note: 64-bit editions of XP are not supported. Mac OS X support can be found at http://www.displaylink.com/mac
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For Windows 7, the Windows Experience Index (WEI) is a useful measure of hardware level. The WEI is accessible
from Computer > Properties, or from Control Panel > System.
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WEI score of at least 3 in the ‘Graphics; Desktop performance for Windows Aero’ category.
Overall WEI score of at least 3 as recommended by Microsoft.
At least one USB 2.0 port.
30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.
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For Windows Vista, the Windows Experience Index (WEI) is a useful measure of hardware level. The WEI is
accessible from Computer > Properties, or from Control Panel > System.
The recommended typical hardware requirements for the PC are:
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WEI score of at least 3 in the 'Graphics; Desktop performance for Windows Aero' category.
Overall WEI score of at least 3 as recommended by Microsoft.
At least one USB 2.0 port
30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.
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If the PC specification is below this, performance will be lower (or CPU loading higher than acceptable).
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For 1-2 monitors, business usage, productivity target. This may not provide full frame rate DVD playback at
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o 1.2GHz Single Core CPU
o 512MB memory
o For 3 monitors where 1 could run DVD video while also targeting productivity and business apps.
Will support only 1 video of DVD resolution at full screen:
o 1.6GHz CPU
o 1GB memory
For 6 screens where 1 screen can run full screen DVD video:
o 1.8GHz Core Duo
o 1GB memory
o At least one USB 2.0 port.
30 megabytes (MB) of free disk space.
Computer screen for use with the DisplayLink device, if it is not integrated.
Network access for software downloads, or access to a CD-ROM drive.
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Graphics Card Support (Windows Vista/Windows 7)
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On Windows Vista and Windows 7, DisplayLink software interacts closely with the primary graphics card. DisplayLink
support and test a single graphics card (GPU) installed in a PC from all major GPU vendors (Intel, ATI, NVidia and
Via). SIS graphics cards are not supported.
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The following GPU configurations may exhibit compatibility issues on Windows 7 and Vista in certain circumstances:
 NVIDIA SLI in SLI mode
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Other GPU configurations, including the following, are currently unsupported and will not function on Windows
7/Vista:
 Crossfire
 SLI not in SLI mode
 Multiple WDDM 1.1 graphics drivers active at once
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All graphics cards are supported on Windows XP.
Supported Languages
The following languages are supported, on all supported operating systems:
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Bahasa Indonesian
Bulgarian
Chinese (Traditional)
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Chinese (Simplified)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Finnish
French
Greek
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
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Unsupported languages default to English.
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Installing the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software
The following section shows you how to install the DisplayLink USB Graphics software on different operating systems.
Note: If you have v3.x, R4.1 or R4.2 DisplayLink software installed you must uninstall it, using the Windows
Add/Remove Programs feature, before installing this release. Devices will continue working after this release is
installed.
Windows 7
The preferred method of installation is using Window 7’s Windows Update facility.
To Install the DisplayLink USB Graphics on Windows 7
Connect your DisplayLink device via the USB cable to your PC.
Windows detects the new hardware and automatically downloads the driver.
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Once downloaded, the install will run
The DisplayLink software end user licence agreement window opens.
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Click I Accept.
The DisplayLink Core software installs
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Note: The screen may flash or go black during the install.
Alternatively you may install the software from a website download or CD-ROM:
Important! Do not connect a DisplayLink device/screen to your PC before the install.
Double click on Setup.exe.
The Windows User Account Control window opens (if enabled in the OS).
2. Click Yes.
The DisplayLink software end user licence agreement window opens.
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DisplayLink Core software and DisplayLink Graphics installs.
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Note: The screen may flash or go black during the install.
No message will be shown at the end of the install.
4. Connect your DisplayLink device via the USB cable to your PC.
Installing device driver message
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The Windows User Account Control window opens.
Click Yes.
DisplayLink automatically installs the device.
The DisplayLink software end user licence agreement window opens (see above).
6. Click I Accept.
The DisplayLink USB Graphics software installs, without notification that it has completed.
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Important! Do not connect a DisplayLink device/screen to your PC before the install.
Double click on Setup.exe.
The Windows User Account Control window opens (if enabled in the OS).
2. Click Continue.
The DisplayLink software end user licence agreement window opens.
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DisplayLink Core software and DisplayLink Graphics installs.
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Note: The screen may flash or go black during the install.
No message will be shown at the end of the install.
4. Connect your DisplayLink device via the USB cable to your PC.
Installing device driver message
Click Yes.
DisplayLink automatically installs the device.
The DisplayLink software end user licence agreement window opens (see above).
6. Click I Accept.
The DisplayLink USB Graphics software installs, without notification that it has completed.
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Double click on Setup.exe.
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DisplayLink Core software and DisplayLink Graphics installs.
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Connect your DisplayLink device via the USB cable to your PC. The following message (or similar) will be
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Using the DisplayLink Software
This section describes how to use DisplayLink’s Software. The section is divided into sub-sections relating to your
operating system.
Note: The terminology for "mirror mode",can vary between operating systems and the DisplayLink GUI. The terms
“Clone”, “Mirror” and “Duplicate” areinterchangeable and provide the same function of making the contents of the 2
selected displays identical..
Behaviour on first connect
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When connecting a device based on the DL-3x00 family, the firmware version will be checked by the host software. If
they do not match, the firmware on the device will be updated. While the firmware is updating, a window similar to that
shown below will be shown.
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This process may take up to 20 seconds. Once complete, your device should begin to function.
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The DisplayLink System tray GUI, covered below, will only be available when a DisplayLink device is detected on the
USB bus.
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When using a DL-1x0 or DL-1x5 based product, a new monitor will also be added in Windows Display Properties, even
if there is no monitor connected to the device.
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DL-3x00 devices now support monitor detect, therefore a new display will only be available once the device is
connected to the PC AND a monitor is attached to the video output of the device.
Resolution Support
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When a monitor is connected to a DisplayLink device, the DisplayLink host software reads the supported modes from
the display. These are the only supported modes offered by the DisplayLink software, through the DisplayLink UI or
Windows Display Properties. The DisplayLink software will use the montior’s preferred mode by default.
If the monitor does not report any supported modes, DisplayLink will offer a list of default modes.
Note: not all supported monitor modes may be offered if they are not supported by your DisplayLink device.
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Controlling the Display
When devices are attached, an icon appears in the taskbar. This gives you access to the DisplayLink manager menu.
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To use the DisplayLink Manager Menu
From the taskbar, click the Show hidden icons arrow to show all available icons.
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Click the DisplayLink icon
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A menu appears with several options. These are shown and described below.
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This is the UI title. Clicking on this item will open Windows screen
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DisplayLink Manager
Connects to the Update Server to check for newer driver versions and
downloads them, if available.
Check for Updates
DisplayLink devices
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Options to
configure this
DisplayLink device
In this section of the menu, a list of connected DisplayLink devices will
appear. Each of these devices has its own sub-configuration menu.
These Submenu options are covered in the table below.
Audio Setup
Opens the Windows Audio Configuration Window.
Video Setup
Opens the Windows Screen Resolution window.
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Display Menu
Description
Displays a list of available resolutions. Some resolutions may be
enclosed by [ ]. Please see, Inferred Modes.
This option is not available in mirror mode, as the resolution is defined
as the resolution of the main monitor.
Screen Resolution
Rotated Left
Rotates the extended or mirrored display by 270 degrees clockwise.
Rotated Right
Rotates the extended or mirrored display by 90 degrees clockwise.
Upside-Down
Rotates the extended or mirrored display by 180 degrees clockwise.
Right
Extends the display to the right of the main display.
Left
Extends the display to the left of the main display.
Above
Extends the display above of the main display.
Below
Extends the display below the main display.
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No rotation is applied to the DisplayLink display
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Extends your Windows desktop onto this display.
Set as Main Monitor
Sets this screen as the main display.
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Switches off the display of the notebook and makes the DisplayLink
display the main display.
Note: This option will only appear when 1 DisplayLink USB screen, is
connected. It will also only appear on Laptop computers.
Copies what is on the main display and reproduces it on this display.
Note: The resolution of this display and the primary must be the same
in mirror mode. This may be lower than the preferred resolution of the
display.
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Select this option for better movie playback performance on the
DisplayLink enabled displays. Only select this option when playing
back video content.
Note: Text may appear less clear when enabled.
If the Windows desktop does not completely appear on the TV, this
option can be used to adjust the size of the Windows desktop. See “Fit
to TV” for details on how to configure this feature.
Notes:
 This option will only appear when 1 DisplayLink USB screen,
is connected
 This option will only work in extend mode. Selecting the
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Switches off this display.
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Table 2: DisplayLink menu – Windows 7
Windows Vista and Windows XP – Controlling the Display
When devices are attached, an icon appears in the taskbar. This gives you access to the DisplayLink manager menu.
To use the DisplayLink Manager Menu
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Click the DisplayLink icon
on the taskbar.
The menu appears as shown below.
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Select an option from the menu, using the following table for the options available.
This is the UI title. Clicking on this item will open Windows screen
resolution.
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DisplayLink device
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Video Setup
Display Menu
Extend To
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Opens the Windows Audio Configuration Window.
Opens the Windows Display Settings window.
Description
Displays a list of available resolutions. Some resolutions may be
enclosed by [ ]. Please see, Inferred Modes.
This option is not available in mirror mode, as the resolution is defined
as the resolution of the main monitor.
Screen Resolution
Screen Rotation
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Updates
Connects to the Update Server to check for newer driver versions and
downloads them, if available.
Opens the Update Options window where you can configure automatic
updates.
In this section of the menu, a list of connected DisplayLink devices will
appear. Each of these devices has its own sub-configuration menu.
These Submenu options are covered in the table below.
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No rotation is applied to the DisplayLink display
Rotated Left
Rotates the extended or mirrored display by 270 degrees.
Rotated Right
Rotates the extended or mirrored display by 90 degrees.
Upside-Down
Rotates the extended or mirrored display by 180 degrees.
Right
Extends the display to the right of the primary display.
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Display Menu
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Left
Extends the display to the left of the primary display.
Above
Extends the display above of the primary display.
Below
Extends the display below the primary display.
Extend
Extends your Windows desktop onto this display.
Set as Main Monitor
Sets this screen as the primary display.
Switches off the display of the notebook and makes the DisplayLink
display the main display.
Note: This option will only appear when 1 DisplayLink USB screen, is
connected. It will also only appear on Laptop computers.
Copies what is on the main display and reproduces it on this display.
Note: The resolution of this display and the primary must be the same
in mirror mode. This may be lower than the preferred resolution of the
display.
Notebook Monitor Off
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Mirror
Switches off this display.
Select this option for better movie playback performance on the
DisplayLink enabled displays. Only select this option when playing
back video content.
Note: Text may appear less clear when enabled.
If the Windows desktop does not completely appear on the TV, this
option can be used to adjust the size of the Windows desktop. See “Fit
to TV” for details on how to configure this feature.
Notes:
 This option will only appear when 1 DisplayLink USB screen,
is connected
 This option will only work in extend mode. Selecting the
option in mirror mode will extend the displays.
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Setting the Display into Extend Mode
To set the display into Extend Mode
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Select Extend.
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desktop. The extra desktop area is a great productivity aid, allowing more applications or documents to be visible at a
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The device is now extended in the direction it was the last time the display was in this mode. For more control, use the
Extend To submenu and select one of the options. This puts the device into extend mode, and places it to the
Left/Right/Above/Below the main (primary) monitor.
Setting the Display into Mirror Mode
In mirror mode, the monitor attached to the DisplayLink USB Graphics device duplicates what is on the primary
display.
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To set the display into Mirror mode
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Click on the DisplayLink icon
Select Mirror.
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The resolution, colour depth and refresh rate of the primary screen are replicated on the monitor connected to the
DisplayLink USB Graphics device.
If the monitor connected to the DisplayLink USB Graphics device supports a lower resolution than the primary display,
then the primary graphics device will have its resolution changed automatically to ensure the whole picture fits on the
external screen. Where the monitor connected to the DisplayLink USB Graphics device is of a larger size than the
primary screen the image will be letter-boxed to keep the aspect ratio correct.
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Right-click on the Desktop.
Click Personalize.
Click Display Settings.
The Display Settings window opens.
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Figure 1: Display Setting - Vista
Select the display to be configured. Its mode, resolution, colour quality and position can all be controlled from here.
To open the Windows Display Properties on Windows XP
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Right-click on the Desktop.
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Select Properties.
The Display Properties dialog opens.
3. Select the Settings tab.
Setting the Display into Extend Mode
Use this procedure when you want to extend the Windows desktop to the DisplayLink display. This allows many
different applications to be spread over multiple displays, to be able to see multiple applications at the same time.
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Arrange the screen resolution using the Resolution slide bar. (2)
Select the colour quality from the Colors drop-down list. (3).
Arrange its position with respect to the other monitors on the extended desktop in using the drag area (4).
Click OK to save your changes.
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the List all modes button. All valid combinations of resolution, colour quality and refresh rate are listed. For CRT
monitors, it is best to use a high refresh rate so as to avoid discomfort due to flicker. Flat panel monitors do not flicker
and a low refresh rate is adequate.
From the taskbar, click on the DisplayLink icon
Select Extend.
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Click Apply.
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Note: The display resolution of the primary display and the DisplayLink display may be changed to a lower resolution.
In mirror mode, both screens must output the same resolution, which may not be the maximum resolution of the
display.
This mode is NOT recommended if using the DisplayLink display as the primary laptop display, as it is unlikely to
provide the optimum resolution for the DisplayLink display. Please see, Setting the DisplayLink display as the Primary
Display.
Setting the DisplayLink display as the Primary Display
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To make the DisplayLink USB Graphics the Primary Display
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Select the This is my main monitor checkbox (1 in Figure 1).
Click Apply.
Note: On some PCs and laptops it is necessary to disable the main display (clear the Extend the desktop onto this
monitor checkbox for the main display) as part of the same settings change. The reason for this is that many primary
graphics card drivers tend to make the laptop screen primary if it is enabled. The only workaround for this is to disable
the laptop screen to allow another screen to be primary. To do this:
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Select the This is my main monitor checkbox (1 in Figure 1) of the DisplayLink display.
Select the primary display (Display 1).
Uncheck the Extend the desktop onto this monitor checkbox (1 in Figure 1).
Click Apply.
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The DisplayLink USB Graphics device stays primary if the PC enters hibernate or suspend mode or is rebooted. If the
DisplayLink USB Graphics device is detached from the computer while it was set as the main monitor, the computer's
display will become the main monitor again..
To make the DisplayLink USB Graphics the Primary Display using the DisplayLink menu
From the taskbar, click on the DisplayLink icon
Select Set as Main Monitor.
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Setting a Laptop Lid to do Nothing (Upon Close)
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Select Choose what closing the lid does.
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It is possible to use a laptop with a DisplayLink USB device and conveniently have the laptop closed on the
side by setting its action when closing the lid to ‘do nothing’ , and then making the DisplayLink USB Graphics
device screen primary while disabling the main screen. The laptop lid can then be closed and the laptop used with only
the DisplayLink USB Graphics device screen and with and external keyboard and mouse.
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Windows Update
On Windows 7, the DisplayLink software connects to the Microsoft Windows update site to obtain the latest
DisplayLink driver. On selecting “Check for updates”, the DisplayLink software connects to Windows update,
downloads and installs the latest software.
Automatic Updates
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DisplayLink Automatic Updates is a product maintenance feature from DisplayLink, supported on Windows XP and
Vista. The automatic update mechanism ensures that the DisplayLink USB Graphics has the most up-to-date drivers and
software, providing you with increased performance and stability.
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By default, automatic updates is configured to check for updated software on the plugging in of a DisplayLink USB
Graphics, or the resume or start of your PC, every seven days. When newer software is available, the Updates Wizard
launches.
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Select Download and install now.
Note: You can download and install the software immediately, but it is also possible to hide the reminder until
a later date, or disable the reminder and future update checks entirely.
The Choose Updates to Install screen opens showing all the available updates. The most recent update is
automatically set to Download, whilst others are skipped.
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Click ‘Next’ to download the latest update.
The Downloading Updates screen opens.
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If you check the highlighted box, then installation of the latest software begins immediately after the download
has finished, otherwise click ‘Next’ to begin software installation.
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The DisplayLink menu opens.
2. Select Updates > Check Now.
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If you have the most recent software, the dialog box, shown below, appears. Otherwise the Choose updates to
install dialog opens.
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Configuring Updates
You can configure the check frequency, the updater’s action on finding newer software and the download folder,
To configure updates
Click on the DisplayLink icon
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Select Updates > Configure.
The Updates Options dialog opens.
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Select the options you want to change and click OK.
DisplayLink saves your changes.
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Uninstalling the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software
The method for uninstalling differs slightly depending on your operating system.
Uninstalling on Windows 7
Use this procedure to uninstall the DisplayLink USB Graphics software from Windows 7.
To uninstall the DisplayLink USB Graphics software on Windows 7
From the Start Menu, select Control Panel.
From the Programs item, click Uninstall program.
Double click on DisplayLink Core software.
A windows confirmation dialog opens (if enabled)
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Click Yes.
A message may appear to state which software packages will also be uninstalled
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Click Yes to uninstall the packages that use DisplayLink Core Software
The uninstaller automatically uninstalls the software.
6. Once uninstalled, you will be prompted to reboot
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Uninstalling on Windows Vista and XP
The DisplayLink USB Graphics software can be removed from the Programs and Features utility under the Windows
Vista control panel. (On Windows XP this is called Add or Remove Programs).
To uninstall the DisplayLink USB Graphics software on Windows Vista
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Select Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features.
Select DisplayLink Core software and click on Uninstall.
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A windows confirmation dialog opens (if enabled)
Click Yes.
A message may appear to state which software packages will also be uninstalled
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Click Yes to uninstall the packages that use DisplayLink Core Software
The uninstaller automatically uninstalls the software.
5. Once uninstalled, you will be prompted to reboot
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Select DisplayLink Core software and click on Remove.
A windows confirmation dialog opens
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Click Yes to uninstall the packages that use DisplayLink Core Software
The uninstaller automatically uninstalls the software.
5. Once uninstalled, you will be prompted to reboot
6. A message may appear to state which software packages will also be uninstalled
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Click Yes to complete the uninstall.
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Fit to TV
What is Fit to TV?
If using your DisplayLink product to connect to a TV, all of the Windows desktop may not be available. Many TVs will
automatically 'overscan' the image they get by cutting off the borders and filling the screen with the image. On some
TVs it may be possible to turn this 'overscan' off in your TVs settings menu, consult your TVs User Manual to see if
this is an option for you. If you can do so, then you will not need to use the Fit to TV function of the DisplayLink
UI.
Fit to TV can be used to reduce the size of the Windows desktop on the TV screen.
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Notes: Fit to TV only works in extend mode. If choosing the option while in mirror mode, the DisplayLink screen will
change to extend and be placed above the laptop screen in Windows Display Properties.
Fit to TV will only operate correctly when one DisplayLink device is connected. It is not designed to work on multiple
DisplayLink screens.
Fit to TV does not support rotated modes.
To configure Fit to TV, choose the option from the DisplayLink GUI.
The following interface appears
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The red border shows the size of the new Windows desktop. Use the “+” and “-” controls on the Fit to TV GUI
to change the size of the red border until it fits on the TV screen.
Once the red border is at the edges of the TV screen, click “Apply” to resize the Windows desktop.
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Additional Information
The following section provides additional information on the use of the DisplayLink USB Graphics software.
DirectX 10 Game support
This software release contains support for some DirectX 10 games on Windows 7. To improve the gaming experience,
it is recommended that:
 Antialiasing (AA) settings are turned OFF
 Locking to vsync is turned ON
These options are usually configurable within the DirectX 10 game.
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To play 3D games on a DisplayLink screen with reasonable performance the system specs must meet the game
“recommended” hardware specification, not just the minimum specification.
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Monitors can be calibrated with applications that use the Display Data Channel Command Interface (DDC/CI). Both the
monitor and application must support DDC/CI for this to work. An example of an application that is now supported is
ScreenWhite.
DDC/CI is not supported on displays with integrated DisplayLink technology, for example mini monitors.
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Media Playback
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On Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP (in extend mode), the DisplayLink USB Graphics device can display media
files and DVDs using the following media players:
 Windows Media Player 11 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx)
 WinDVD 10 (www.intervideo.com)
 PowerDVD 9 (www.cyberlink.com)
 RealPlayer 11 (www.real.com)
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in mirror mode (XP) or in Basic mode (Vista and Windows 7) is not recommended.
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The software supports up to six simultaneously USB attached screens. It is also possible that different sets of screens
are being used at different times, for example two in the office and two at home. The software saves each screen’s
display profile separately. This allows for different physical positioning, or different resolutions, of connected monitors
in the office and the home.
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Standby and Hibernate, Shut down and Restart
If the PC that the DisplayLink USB Graphics device is connected to is placed into standby or hibernate mode, the
display goes blank. When the PC is again powered up (and unlocked if necessary) the connected monitor returns to the
same mode as it was before stand by or hibernation.
If the PC is shut down, restarted and logged in, again the connected display returns to the same mode as it was before
shutdown.
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DisplayLink USB Graphics with Multiple Users
DisplayLink USB Graphics work with multiple users on the PC. The mode settings are saved for each user so each can
use their own desktop configuration.
Disconnecting the DisplayLink USB Graphics
If the DisplayLink USB Graphics device is powered off or the USB cable is removed from the computer, the display
blanks. All windows and icons move to the primary screen.
On reconnection or powering up of the DisplayLink USB Graphics device, the display returns to the same mode as it
was before disconnection. However, windows and icons that were previously on the screen will not be moved back.
Supported Screen Modes
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Resolution: The number of pixels displayed on screen horizontally and vertically.
Color Quality: The number of different colors that can be shown on the screen at the same time.
Refresh Rate: The speed that the entire screen is rescanned. Higher refresh rates reduce flicker.
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Some monitors advertise the supported modes through the VGA or DVI connector. If this is the case, the DisplayLink
USB Graphics device identifies the supported modes from the monitor. If the monitor does not advertise the supported
modes, the DisplayLink USB Graphics software chooses a set of common screen modes for the monitor.
Inferred Modes
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Some modes in the DisplayLink GUI are shown with [ ] around them.
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DisplayLink device
In this case, the preferred resolution of the monitor cannot be supported. However we add lower resolutions of the same
aspect ratio to be tried with the monitor. Modes in square brackets [ ] imply that these are modes not reported by the
monitor, but have been made available by the DisplayLink software for you to try.
As these are inferred modes from the preferred mode of the monitor, they are not guaranteed to work with the display.
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Error Messages
DisplayLink USB Graphics software occasionally displays user messages in a bubble in the notification area. The table
below lists the user messages and their description.
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Message
Description
This can occur when entering extend mode with low system resources. The PC does
not have enough memory to start an extend display.
Close down any unused applications. The situation may also be improved by
rebooting the PC.
This can occur if trying to mirror a primary display with a resolution above
2300x1700 (4:3) or 2600x1500 (16:9).
This message will appear if the primary graphics card drivers installed are not
WDDM compatible. Windows 7 is not designed to operate without WDDM drivers.
Download and install the latest Windows 7 (WDDM) drivers for your primary
graphics card.
This warning may be displayed in Windows XP after changing the display mode
several times (e.g. Extend/Dock mode) from the DisplayLink GUI. If this happens,
detach and reattach the device to restore normal operation.
Insufficient system resources
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The requested allocation size
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Incompatible Display Driver
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The system cannot write to the
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Minor issues can generally be resolved by:
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changing the display mode via the DisplayLink GUI, or,
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Try to upgrade to the latest graphics drivers.
Try to upgrade to latest DisplayLink software.
Report the issue via your support channel.
If necessary, boot into Safe Mode and use Windows' Backup and Restore Center to recover.
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