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Targus Releases R.5.6.1 for Ubuntu Linux

September 02, 22 - Posted in: 2022, 2023, Tech Talk by Kevin Quinn, Thee DocKtor
Targus Releases R.5.6.1 for Ubuntu Linux

Targus released the driver software Release 5.6.1 adding support for Ubuntu 22.04. This version has been validated on a minimal set of Targus Universal Docking Stations (UDS) and should work with any Targus Universal Docking Stations models DOCK1XX, DOCK3XX, and DOCK5XX.

The driver enables video support for products using Synaptics 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 Operating Systems

This release has been prepared to be compatible with Ubuntu 22.04 and 20.04. Other variants and editions may be compatible if they meet minimum OS requirements but only 22.04 LTS has been validated by Targus at this time.

Known Issues

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 update and then sudo apt full-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.
  3. 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:
  4. display-link-driver-image2

     

  5. Install the DKMS framework from a Terminal using command sudo apt install dkms
  6. display-link-driver-image3

     

  7. Execute the DisplayLink .run file using the Terminal, by moving to the directory containing the .run file (open in Terminal from File Manager) and running the command sudo ./displaylink-driver-XXXX.run (where xxxx is the version number)

    NOTE: Additional installation steps are required for systems equipped with Secure Boot. Please see Appendix A.
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  9. The DisplayLink software should install as shown below.
  10. display-link-driver-image4

  11. You can now connect your DisplayLink products to the computer
  12. Appendix A

    A system with UEFI Secure Boot enabled will prevent the installation of unsigned third-party drivers. Proceeding will require generating a Machine-Owner Key (MOK) for the Extensible Virtual Display Interface (EVDI) kernel module.

    1. After executing the .run file, a terminal prompt will indicate that the system has Secure Boot enabled.
      After executing the .run file, a terminal prompt will indicate that the system has Secure Boot enabled
    2. Selecting o.k. enables DKMS to automatically enroll the key into the system firmware. The user will be prompted to generate a onetime password, followed by a prompt to re-enter password as confirmation.

    3. Selecting o.k. enables DKMS to automatically enroll the key into the system firmware.

      The user will be prompted to generate a onetime password, followed by a prompt

    4. A system restart will be required to complete the MOK enrollment. Type the command sudo reboot into the terminal to complete this action.
    5. The system will boot into the MOK Management GUI.
      Select Enroll MOK > Continue > Yes. 
    6. The system will boot into the MOK Management GUI.
    7. You will now be prompted to input the password from Step 2 above. 
      You will now be prompted to input the password from Step 2 above.
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