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Driver update to the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (v10715)

October 22, 2013 Leave a comment

There was a recent update to the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock on 10-17-2013 (V10715)

Driver (here).

ReadMe (here).

 

 

Fix List

2013/10/17 v10715
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1. Package DL driver version R7.4M2 ver.7.4.51587.0 (*.msi).
2. DisplayLink Software Release R7.4 delivers the following improvements:
    – Support for Windows 8.1
    – Improved Ethernet performance and stability
    – Additional translations for all languages
    – Critical bug fixes:

Lenovo X1 Carbon system shows corruption for 3 seconds resuming from hibernation. (16078)

Ethernet connection reliability issues. (15879, 16330, 16270, 15942, 16170)

Ethernet not reliable at 10Mbps. (15661)

Device not resuming reliably enumerating on the USB bus after sleep or hibernate. (16285)

On Windows7 in Basic Mode when resuming from sleep the mouse cursor may be not visible. (15055)

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 RTM

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8.1 RTM (10/17/2013).

Download (here).

Update: The download label was showing 8.1 Preview as of today, but the details inside the link are for Windows 8.1 RTM as of 10/17/2013.

Windows 8.1 Product Guide from Microsoft

October 19, 2013 1 comment

The official release of Windows 8.1 this last week. 

In depth guide on the new features of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT (here).

Windows 8.1 Update officially being rolled out today

October 17, 2013 2 comments

I installed the Windows 8.1 RTM from MSDN in early September and this morning when I checked Windows Update the following updates were available.  Yeah!

Windows 8.1 Post RTM updates

These are post RTM updates (General Availability Update Rollup) to Windows 8.1.  The full Windows 8.1 commercial release will contain these updates.  Also, MSDN has updated their .iso to include the full Windows 8.1 with this GA Update Rollups.

If you are on Windows 8 you can trigger the Windows 8.1 upgrade by going into the Windows 8 Store.  You will see an announcement for Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Store Update

Then.  Hope you have a fast connection click the Download button and let the fun begin.

Windows 8.1 Store Update2

 

 

You can read more about the release from Microsoft at their Blogging Windows site (here).

Update to DisplayLink software (7.4 M2)

October 13, 2013 Leave a comment

DisplayLink just released an update dated October 11th, 2013.  Version 7.4 maintenance release 2.  These are supported drivers for the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock.

Product Version: 7.4.51587.0

DisplayLink Core Software Version: 7.4.51572.0

Get the latest driver (here).

Read me / change list (here).

Updates:

  • Improved application compatibility in Windows 8.1
  • Improved Ethernet performance and stability
  • Additional translations for all languages
  • Critical bug fixes

Using ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock

October 9, 2013 2 comments

I have been testing out some Windows 8 Tablets at work and I wanted to be able to hook them up to my dual monitors.  I was having issues with the Surface Pro (Mini DisplayPort) and the Samsung ATIV 700T Pro (Micro HDMI), not being able to find a solution to support dual monitors with their native video out.

So after some research I settled on the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (here).

  • Dual DVI Ports (includes a VGA to DVI adapter)
  • Ethernet Port (Gigabit)
  • 5 USB 3.0 Connections (2 front & 3 in the rear)
  • Headphones/Microsoft (audio)

So you run this all through the USB 3.0 port on the Tablet PC.  It has enough to power all that through the dock.  I had my doubts, but it works.  The graphics were horrible to begin with, but after updating the firmware on the Docking Station along with 3 updates to the DisplayLink software the graphics are an 8 out of 10, not as crisp as running directly from the video out, but it is the next best thing.

Drivers
DisplayLink (here).
Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (here).

PRO
1. Ability to run Dual Monitors
2. Multiple USB 3.0 Ports
3. Ethernet Port

CON
1. The dock is powered by its own power supply.
2. Dock is a little awkward standing by itself when you have it fully loaded with dual DVI adapters and USB cables.  It tends to tip over or lean.  I got around this by putting some double stick tape on it and placing it on the back of my monitor stand (out of site).
3. Price is a bit steep.

The price is a little steep at $180 at Lenovo, but if money is no object I would recommend.

New Wacom Drivers available (10-07-2013)

October 9, 2013 Leave a comment

New Wacom drivers were recently released.  Version 7.1.2-9 released 10-07-2013.

 

Items fixed in version 7.1.2-9

  • Improved calibration in some OEM tablets.
  • Memory leak with some tablets using pen.
  • Improved sleep and resume performance in some OEM tablets.

Read me (here).

Drivers (here).