How to install DisplayLink Software

The following section shows you how to install DisplayLink USB Graphics software on the following OSes:

Windows 7 to 10 operating systems


DisplayLink software can be installed from Windows Update. Alternatively, the software can be downloaded and installed from the DisplayLink website following the steps below.

  1. Double click on the DisplayLink executable, eg DisplayLink_RX.X.exe. 
    The Windows User Account Control window opens (if enabled in the OS).
  2. Click Yes. DisplayLink Core Software installs.
  3. The System Compatibility Check then runs.
  4. Click Install (if the System Compatibility Check passes).
    If the System Compatibility Check does not pass (see below for an example) please see this article for more information. 
  5. Connect your DisplayLink enabled device 
  6. Upon detection of a DisplayLink enabled device DisplayLink Graphics installs
  7. You are then informed when installation of DisplayLink software has completed
  8. Reboot your PC to complete the installation. 

Windows XP operating system


DisplayLink software can be downloaded and installed from the DisplayLink website following the steps below.
  1. Double click on the DisplayLink executable, eg DisplayLink_RX.X.exe.
    The Windows User Account Control window opens (if enabled in the OS).
  2. Click "Yes."
    DisplayLink Core Software installs.
  3. The System Compatibility Check then runs.
    If the System Compatibility Check passes, click "Install" to continue with the installation.
    If the System Compatibility Check does not pass click the "More Information" link to open a relevant knowledgebase article.
  4. Connect your DisplayLink enabled device 
  5. Upon detection of a DisplayLink enabled device DisplayLink Core Software is configured for first use.
  6. Reboot your PC to complete the installation.

Mac OS X


DisplayLink software can be downloaded and installed from the DisplayLink website following the steps below.

Select the 'DisplayLink Software Installer' to begin installation of the DisplayLink driver on your Mac.
This will run a standard Mac installer and will require a reboot once it has completed 


Android


Please refer to this article about the system requirements and how to install on Android from the Google Play Store.

Ubuntu


The latest software for Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS can be downloaded from the DisplayLink website. This will download a .zip file.

The minimum supported kernel version is 3.16 and xorg version 1.16. These were provided in the 14.04.2 point release. See this link for more information:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes#LTS_Hardware_Enablement_Stack

It might be neccessary to manually opt into this new stack on previous 14.04.0 and 14.04.1 releases by running following command which will install the linux-generic-lts-utopic and xserver-xorg-lts-utopic packages: 

sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-utopic xserver-xorg-lts-utopic libegl1-mesa-drivers-lts-utopic xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-utopic xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-utopic 

If you are on an amd64 system that boots with UEFI, you will also need the matching signed kernel: 

sudo apt-get install linux-signed-generic-lts-utopic 
  1. IMPORTANT: Make sure your Ubuntu distibution is up to date by running sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get dist-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.
  4. Install the DKMS framework from a Terminal using the command sudo apt-get install dkms
  5. Execute the DisplayLink .run file using the Terminal, by cding to the directory containing the .run file and running the command sudo ./displaylink-driver-xxxxx.run (where xxxx is the version number)
  6. The DisplayLink software should install as shown below.
  7. You can now connect your DisplayLink products to the computer
Note: The DisplayLink .run file just provides support for the video outputs. Audio and Ethernet support are provided by the native Ubuntu drivers.


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