YLM
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XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

Hi all.

I was wondering if someone would have been using Dell SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Docking Station, with XPS 13 running Ubuntu 12.04 (Sputnik / Developper Edition) ?

Compatibility information shows only "XPS 13 Classic" (which from my POV excludes Developper Edition / Sputnik).

Has someone some feedback of running this hardware configuration ?

BR.

YLM

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SachadR
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

Hi YLM,

I'm interested in this one too because my company just got me this hardware (both the said docking station and xps 13 dev edition). I guess we wait and see what comes of it.

Greetings

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Jontheman
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

I'd be interested in an answer to this too.  I've just ordered my machine but held off ordering the docking unit until there was a definitive answer to this question.

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NOVACERT-CPZ
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

Bought it in december with a new XPS 13 with DELL 12.04 :

  • Audio (mic & spk) not working
  • HDMI not working
  • Network : speed OK but downgrade to 4 Mbps sometimes  = I use WiFi
  • USB : OK

So I use it as USB replicator... I'm very disappointed...

I'm installing 13.10 so I will tell you if there's solved issues with this dsitro.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/283528/targus-usb-3-0-docking-station-support

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autra
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

Dell's Docking Station uses display link usb 3.0 for the external monitor, not yet supported under linux. For the audio, I don't know actually (but you can plug directly on your dell for headphones).


You can sign https://www.change.org/petitions/displaylink-support-linux-with-dl-3000-series-chips if you want to ask display link to make some drivers for linux.

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sircac
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

I signed to the petition but look that not too much people is asking for it. Anyway I want to notify my personal interest on have that dock station working fully operational under linux, I suppose that is my fault for buy it before check that detail but I just did not expected it. On Ubuntu 14.04 works as reported by  NOVACERT-CPZ (ethernet yet not checked).

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Tamooj
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

I was more than a little miffed to discover after the fact that only Windows and (some versions) of MacOS are supported by the chipset manufacturer (DisplayLink) for the Dell Super Speed USB 3.0.

When I was purchasing my XPS-13 Developer Edition the Dell web site RECOMMENDED this device for the multi-monitor support.   Ugh.  There wasn't even any fine-print disclaimers; a careful check of the compatibility list on Dell's page for the docking station clearly lists the XPS-13 with no OS caveats, and the website system builder was all too happy to add this $179 item to my invoice.

Now I'm walking through the time-wasting Dell return process because it looks like DisplayLink will *never* release chipset drivers for this linux distros.  And I still don't even have remedial multi-monitor support for a 'developer' machine.  Sigh.

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cfaber
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

Did you try this yet? https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DisplayLink

I'm receiving one of these hubs/docking stations with my new work laptop in the next few days and will see if I can get this sorted with my current dual screen setup.

It seems it's a good idea to upgrade to the latest linux kernel (3.17) which I've already done to address the white noise and wireless stability issues.

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banderson11
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

I have a Latitude E7240 for work and the Dell dock that came with that didn't work with the 12.04 install we use (assuming the same issue).  I was underwhelmed by the hardware on the Latitude so I purchased my own XPS 12 and will be trying to get a dock working on that. Work only approves a custom image of 12.04 so I don't know how much luck I'll have but I will update if I get anywhere with it.

NOVACERT-CPZ
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RE: XPS 13 Ubuntu 12.04 vs Dell Docking Station ?

DisplayLink has just realeased Ubuntu drivers : http://www.displaylink.com/downloads/ubuntu.php

Haven't tried yet, give your feedback ;-)

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