DisplayLink, I give up!

At my job, most people still use a PC. And I confess, I also have a Lenovo X230 laptop that I’m meant to use for work. With it I have 2 external monitors, and a docking station ready for my laptop to be plugged in. That setup works great, but for one small thing. I absolutely despise using a PC, and mostly having to use Windows 8.

Don’t get me wrong, I grew up using Windows 3.1 and all the way up to Windows XP (yep, I also tried Windows Millennium). But after that, I got my first Powerbook G4 Alu. I loved it. And I never looked back.

About a year ago, I decided I’d had enough of PC/Windows altogether, so I started bringing my own, private, MacBook Pro to work. I thought it would be a painful process to try and change my workflows from PC apps to Mac apps. I was wrong.

Back then, I was still on Mountain Lion, and I got an external Lenovo USB3 Dock with two external display ports, just what I needed. Hooked my monitors up and plugged the USB into my Mac. Nothing happened. Turns out, I had to install the DisplayLink driver separately (how non-Mac isn’t that?!) so I did, and both screens flickered into life. Beautiful.

For my purposes, the screens update speed isn’t that important, as I mostly use one monitor to have mail open and I don’t move windows around that much, however, there is a noticeable lag in the second monitor.

Then Mavericks came along, and something happened. Mavericks do not play well with the DisplayPort driver. (You can read more details about it at the DisplayLink site) Apparently Apple changed something with how they treat multiple monitors and their setups.

All I know is that my externals monitors would start blinking, all of a sudden just showed a blank grey screen, and would constantly “forget” their positions. It got really annoying. And it still is. So annoying, in fact, that I decided to switch one off. And it turns out, with only one external monitor to worry about, everything back to fine and dandy!

I recently updated to Yosemite, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens now, but to be frank, I’m not getting my hopes up!

This is what DisplayLink did to the nice rounded corners of Yosemite windows:


Posted: October 20th, 2014
Categories: Tech
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