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Disclaimer

This article is provided for information purposes only. System76 cannot guarantee that all vendors will follow USB-C or Thunderbolt specs, nor that a manufacturer won't have made hardware or firmware changes since this article was created. Not all docks will work on all hardware. Be sure you purchase docking stations from a reputable vendor, with a flexible return policy.

Compatible Intel systems

SystemSupports USB-C Charging?Supports Thunderbolt?
addw2NoNo (DisplayPort over USB-C)
bonw14NoNo (DisplayPort over USB-C)
darp5NoYes
darp6YesYes
darp7YesYes
galp3-bNoYes
galp3-cYesYes
galp4YesYes
galp5YesYes
lemp9YesNo (DisplayPort over USB-C)
lemp10YesYes
serw12NoNo (DisplayPort over USB-C)

A Note About Multi-Monitor Support

Many docking stations offer multiple video-out ports on the dock device itself. However, our systems typically only have one video stream per port; so, even if a docking station supports multiple video ports, only one at a time will be active. For example, connecting a docking station with two DisplayPort ports to the Thunderbolt port on a System76 laptop will only activate one DisplayPort monitor. To chain two monitors together from the same docking station requires the monitor hardware to support daisy-chaining, and both monitors will need to be connected to each other, rather than to the docking station.

Laptop -> Docking Station -> Monitor 1 -> DisplayPort Cable or Thunderbolt Cable -> Monitor 2

System76-tested docks

We have tested the following docks:

  • Plugable UD-CA1A [works with NVIDIA and Intel systems] 1,2,3
    • All features work.

Community-tested docks

Community members have reported that the following docks work with our products:

1 Does not need the DisplayLink Driver installed to work.
2 On the Gazelle 15 (gaze15), requires GTX 1660 Ti graphics for video output via DisplayPort over USB-C.
3 NVIDIA cards have some minor graphic issues with what is rendered under the mouse as well as scrollbars.

Note: The DisplayLink driver should only be installed if you are using a docking station that requires it. The DisplayLink driver may cause graphical issues with non-DisplayLink devices.

On Intel or AMD graphics systems, you'll need to install the 'dkms' package to install DisplayLink driver. On NVIDIA graphics systems, the NVIDIA driver installs this package automatically.

sudo apt install dkms

Download the newest DisplayLink driver from the linked webpage.

To install the DisplayLink driver, open the Terminal and move to the Downloads directory (the version for the driver may change, so look at the file name and change it accordingly):

cd Downloads
unzip DisplayLink\ USB\ Graphics\ Software\ for\ Ubuntu5.4-EXE.zip
sudo chmod +x displaylink-driver-5.4.0-55.153.run
sudo ./displaylink-driver-5.4.0-55.153.run

To uninstall the DisplayLink driver, use this command:

sudo displaylink-installer uninstall

To install the NVIDIA driver that we provide, see the System76 NVIDIA Driver support article.