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Targus Releases DisplayLink R.5.2 for Ubuntu Linux

March 20, 20 - Posted in: 2020, Tech Talk by Kevin Quinn, Thee DocKtor
Targus Releases DisplayLink R.5.2 for Ubuntu Linux

Targus Releases DisplayLink R.5.2 for Ubuntu Linux

Targus released the DisplayLink Driver Software Release 5.2 for Ubuntu 19.10, 18.04, and 16 platforms.   This version has been validated on a minimal set of DisplayLink based Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS).

The driver enables video support for products using DisplayLink USB graphics technology. Standard native Ubuntu drivers provide support for audio and Ethernet interfaces.  It provides production quality support for Targus Universal Docking Stations on specific variants of desktop Ubuntu Linux.

Supported O/S variants

This release has been prepared to be compatible with Ubuntu 19.10, 18.04 and 16.04. Other variants and editions may be compatible if they meet minimum O/S requirements but are not supported by Targus at this time.

  • The Software contains binaries which work on Intel x86 platform (32 bit and 64 bit).
  • Supported Linux Kernel version range is from 4.2 to 5.2.
  • Minimum supported Xorg version is 1.16.

Known issues are shown here. The full release notes are shown here

Upgrade Instructions

Uninstall the current DisplayLink Ubuntu driver with the following command on a Terminal and then follow the Installation Instructions below:

sudo displaylink-installer uninstall

Installation Instructions

  1. Make sure your Ubuntu distribution is up to date by running sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get dist-upgrade from a Terminal. If the distribution is not up to date, you may find issues with blank or corrupted USB displays.
  2. Extract the .run file from the .zip file.

Make the .run file executable by right clicking on the file and choose “Properties”.  Check the “Allow executing file as a program” box as shown below.

dl52 permissions

  1. Install the DKMS framework from a Terminal using command sudo apt-get install dkms
    dkms framework
  2. Execute the DisplayLink .run file using the Terminal, by cding to the directory containing the .run file and running the command sudo ./displaylink-driver-XXXX.run (where xxxx is the version number)
  3. The DisplayLink software should install as shown below.
    dkms framework
  4. You can now connect and may need to reconnect your DisplayLink products to the computer.
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