DisplayLink USB Graphics User Manual Software Version 5.6

DisplayLink Graphics Adapter User Manual
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DisplayLink USB Graphics
User Manual
Software Version 5.6
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Contents
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...............................................................................................................................6
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...............................................................................................................................13
The DisplayLink Icon Application ......................................................................................................... 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............................................................................. 16
Setting the Display into Extend Mode................................................................................................... 17
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 Adapter 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 2048 x 1152 (Product dependant)
Rotation
Layout of displays
Color Depth
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 offer higher 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
DisplayLink provide a version of Software for Windows Multipoint server. Please visit
http://www.displaylink.com/support/downloads_wms.php to download software for Windows Multipoint Server.
Note: 64-bit editions of XP are not supported. Mac OS X support can be found at http://www.displaylink.com/mac
Recommended typical system requirements are:
Windows 7
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.
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.
Windows Vista
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).
Windows XP
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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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1.2GHz Single Core CPU
512MB memory
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:
1.6GHz CPU
1GB memory
For 6 screens where 1 screen can run full screen DVD video:
1.8GHz Core Duo
1GB memory
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.
Graphics Card Support (Windows Vista/Windows 7)
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)
The following GPU configurations may exhibit compatibility issues on Windows 7 and Vista in certain circumstances:
 Switchable Graphics (ATI/Intel)
 Switchable Graphics (ATI/ATI)
 Switchable Graphics (NVIDIA/Intel)
 NVIDIA SLI in SLI mode
Other GPU configurations, including the following, are currently unsupported and will not function on Windows
7/Vista:
 Hybrid Graphics
 Hybrid SLI
 Hybrid Crossfire
 Crossfire
 SLI not in SLI mode
 Multiple WDDM 1.1 graphics drivers active at once
Graphics Card Support (Windows XP)
All graphics cards are supported on Windows XP.
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Supported Languages
The following languages are supported, on all supported operating systems:
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Arabic
Bahasa Indonesian
Bulgarian
Chinese (Traditional)
Chinese (Simplified)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Finnish
French
Greek
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
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
1.
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.
3.
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.
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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.
3.
Click I Accept.
DisplayLink Core software and DisplayLink Graphics installs.
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.
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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.
Note: On some machines you may need to reboot before you can use your DisplayLink enabled device.
Windows Vista
To Install the DisplayLink USB Graphics on Windows Vista
Important! Do not connect a DisplayLink device/screen to your PC before the install.
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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.
3.
Click I Accept.
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
The Windows User Account Control window opens.
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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.
Note: On some machines you may need to reboot before you can use your DisplayLink enabled device.
Windows XP
To Install the DisplayLink USB Graphics on Windows XP
Important! Do not connect a DisplayLink device/screen to your PC before the install.
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Double click on Setup.exe.
The DisplayLink software end user licence agreement window opens.
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Click I Accept.
DisplayLink Core software and DisplayLink Graphics installs.
Note: The screen may flash or go black during the install.
Connect your DisplayLink device via the USB cable to your PC. The following message (or similar) will be
seen.
Windows installs the DisplayLink device.
Note: The screen may flash or go black during the install.
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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” essentially all provide the same function of cloning the pixels from one display to
another.
Windows 7 - Controlling the Display
On Windows 7, you can configure a DisplayLink device through the use of Windows Display Properties (WDP). WDP
provides a simple method to attach, rotate, duplicate or extend screens as well as modify screen resolution.
To open WDP
There are several ways to open WDP.
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Right-click on the desktop.
Select Screen Resolution from the menu.
WDP opens.
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1. From Start menu > Devices and Printers.
2. Double-click the DisplayLink Device icon.
3. WDP opens.
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Right click on the DisplayLink icon
Click Advanced Configuration.
WDP opens.
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Setting the Display
Follow this procedure to set the display.
To set the display
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Open Screen Resolution.
Set the display options. Refer to the table below for details on each option.
Menu
Sub-Menu
Description
Display
Use the drop down list to select a display to be configured.
Resolution
Use the drop down list and user the slider to choose a resolution.
Orientation
Multiple displays
Landscape
Sets the display to landscape view.
Portrait
Sets the display to portrait mode.
Landscape (flipped)
Sets the display to upside down landscape mode.
Portrait (flipped)
Sets the display to upside down portrait mode.
Duplicates these displays
Reproduces the main display on the second display.
Extend these displays
Extends the main display onto the secondary display.
Show Desktop only on 1
Shows Desktop only on 2
The desktop appears on the display marked 1. The display marked 2
becomes blank.
The desktop appears on the display marked 2. The display marked 1
becomes blank.
Table 1: WDP Options
To control the behaviour of an attached DisplayLink display, it is also possible to use Windows Key+P to display a
menu (and cycle through it) to switch mode.
To control the Display
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Select the Windows Key+P.
The following menu appears.
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Click on one of the options.
The display updates to reflect your choice.
The DisplayLink Icon Application
You can configure the behaviour of the DisplayLink USB Graphics through the DisplayLink icon application on the
taskbar, where present.
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To show the DisplayLink Manager menu
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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, as described in the following table.
Menu
Description
Check for updates
Optimize for Video
Fit to TV
Advanced
Configuration
Connects to the Windows Update and checks for newer versions and downloads them, if
available.
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.
Opens the Windows Display Properties (WDP)
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.
Menu Option
Sub-menu Option
Configure
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.
Displays a list of available resolutions. Some resolutions may be
enclosed by [ ]. Please see, Inferred Modes.
Normal
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 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.
Check Now
Updates
Screen Resolution
Screen Rotation
Extend To
Description
Extend
Extends your desktop onto the secondary display.
Set as Main Monitor
Sets the secondary display as the main display.
Notebook Monitor Off
Mirror
Switches off the display of an attached notebook and makes the
DisplayLink display primary.
Copies what is on the main display and reproduces it on the secondary
display.
Off
Switches off the secondary display.
Optimize for Video
(Vista and Windows 7
Only)
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.
Fit to TV
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Menu Option
Sub-menu Option
Advanced
Configuration
Description
Opens the Display Settings window.
Table 3: DisplayLink menu – Windows Vista
Setting the Display into Extend Mode
In extend mode, the monitor attached to the DisplayLink USB Graphics device forms part of the extended Windows
desktop. The extra desktop area is a great productivity aid, allowing more applications or documents to be visible at a
time.
To set the display into Extend Mode
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Click on the DisplayLink icon
Select Extend.
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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.
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.
Windows Vista and XP – Windows Display Properties
You can also configure the DisplayLink USB Graphics device from the Windows Display Properties dialog box.
To open the Windows Display Properties on Windows Vista
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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.
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.
To set the display to Extend Mode using Windows Display properties
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Select Extend the desktop onto this monitor checkbox (1 in Figure 1).
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.
For more detailed mode setting, including the refresh rate, click Advanced Settings button, then the Adapter tab then on
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.
To set the display to Extend Mode using the DisplayLink menu
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From the taskbar, click on the DisplayLink icon
Select Extend.
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Setting the DisplayLink Display to Mirror the Primary Screen
Mirror mode copies what is on the main display and reproduces it on the secondary display.
To set the display into Mirror Mode
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Uncheck the Extend the desktop onto this monitor checkbox (1 in Figure 1).
Click Apply.
To set the display into Mirror mode using the DisplayLink menu
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From the taskbar, click on the DisplayLink icon
Select Mirror.
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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
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.
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, the main display becomes primary again.
To make the DisplayLink USB Graphics the Primary Display using the DisplayLink menu
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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)
It is possible to work conveniently with a laptop by setting its action on lid closed to ‘do nothing’ 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 DisplayLink USB Graphics device screen and with external keyboard and mouse.
To set a laptop to do nothing
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Select Start menu > Control Panel > Power Options.
Select Choose what closing the lid does.
From When I close the lid, select Do nothing from the On battery and Plugged in drop down list.
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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
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.
You can be disable this feature during install by clearing the Automatically check for updates checkbox.
Using the Updates Wizard
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.
Manual Updates
You can check for updates manually at any time.
To manually check for updates
1.
Click on the DisplayLink icon
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
1.
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Click on the DisplayLink icon
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Select Updates > Configure.
The Updates Options dialog opens.
3.
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
1.
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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
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
Click Yes to complete the uninstall.
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
1.
2.
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)
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4.
Click Yes.
A message may appear to state which software packages will also be uninstalled
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.
Click Yes to complete the uninstall.
To uninstall the DisplayLink USB Graphics software on Windows XP
1.
2.
Select Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.
Select DisplayLink Core software and click on Remove.
A windows confirmation dialog opens
3.
4.
Click Yes.
A message may appear to state which software packages will also be uninstalled
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
Why do I need Fit to TV?
If using your DisplayLink product to connect to a TV, all of the Windows desktop may not be available. This is because
TVs can use overscan, which prevents the edges of the image to be visible. When showing a Windows desktop,
overscan prevents the edges of the screen being visible, which can hide the task bar and icons.
Fit to TV can be used to reduce the size of the Windows desktop on the TV screen.
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.
Configuration
1.
To configure Fit to TV, choose the option from the DisplayLink GUI.
The following interface appears
2.
You will also see a red border on the DisplayLink screen
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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.
Note: Finer configuration of the size of the border can be achieved by holding down the CTRL key and clicking
the “+” and “-”.
3.
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.
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.
Monitor Calibration
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.
Media Playback
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)
The DisplayLink USB Graphics device can display media files and DVDs using most media players. Media playback
in mirror mode (XP) or in Basic mode (Vista and Windows 7) is not recommended.
Using Multiple DisplayLink USB Graphics devices
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.
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
There are three components that make up the screen mode:
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.
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
Some modes in the DisplayLink GUI are shown with [ ] around them.
This occurs when connecting a monitor with a preferred mode higher than the maximum supported resolution of the
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.
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
Insufficient system resources
exist to complete the requested
service
The requested allocation size
was too large
Incompatible Display Driver
The system cannot write to the
specified device
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.
Further Support
Please visit http://www.displaylink.com/support or http://www.displaylink.org/forum
Troubleshooting
Minor issues can generally be resolved by:



unplugging and re-plugging the DisplayLink device,
changing the display mode via the DisplayLink GUI, or,
changing the display mode via Windows Display Properties.
On Windows 7/Vista WDDM (Aero and Basic)
DisplayLink software works closely with the graphics card and there may be interoperability issues with some graphics
cards. If this happens:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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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