DisplayLink is lagging on Macos Sonoma
As soon as I connect my single 1080p display to my M1 Mac the whole system starts to lag, the mouse, the animations and the funny thing is that this is not only on the extended display but on both. Plus one thing that I noticed is that if I shut the lid of my mac and only use the external display the system is smooth again. I think an M1 Air should at minimum handle a 4k extended display.
Note: I have tried the Alpha build for the manager and it's still awful.
1.10 Alpha 2 is now available on the website to correct this on macOS Sonoma advanced beta. Please use any release from 1.10 Alpha 2 onwards.
Major lag Issue - This is getting ridiculous... I've spent literally days and a lot of money trying to sort this out... current set up:
- Software: Display Link Manager 1.10 Alpha 2
- OS Sonoma 14.1.2
- Macbook Pro: 16”,M1 Max, 32gb ram, 1tb SSD.
- Samsung 28" Monitor LU28R55
- Hardware 1 (currently): Plugable 4K DisplayPort and HDMI Dual Monitor Adapter for USB 3.0 and USB-C (2DP and 2hdmi’s), I’m connecting via a single DP. I’ve tried 2 monitors with DP’s, 2 monitors with HDMI’s, a mix of each, single monitor with DP and hdmi separately. ALL HAVE THE SAME ISSUES. The Plugable adapter/box is plugged directly into my MacBook Pro USBC port.
- Hardware 2 Plugable Displaylink USB 3.0 to HDMI 4K UHD Video Graphics Adapter (I initially tried this with two monitors, one using the DP in it and the other cable directly into MBP via HDMI port): this setup did not work and had same lag issue as current set up above…
Macbook is not in clamshell mode and there is no lag on it.
The Samsung monitor however has major lag and is basically impossible to work with. DisplayLink Manager settings: I’ve enabled (currently!) the ‘experimental’ Additional HiDPI mode but same lag issue happens with it both OFF and ON.
Display Settings currently*: (*I’ve tried EVERYTHING)
Macbook: 1728x1117 (default), Apple XDR Display (P3-1600 nits), Refresh = 60Hertz (I tried ProMotion too, same issues)
Samsung Monitor: LU28R55, 3008x1692 (Default), Freesnyc off, Refresh = 60Hertz
If mouse/focus is on the Macbook screen and I move the cursor around eg in a fast figure of 8 motion, there is no lag... if I then move across to the Samsung monitor and do the same, it is still free of lag UNTIL my mouse overlaps a software window. Then it starts to slow down and is unpredicatable.
If I then interact with the software (engage it by clicking on something within the window) the lag really kicks in/worsens and the software is rendered unusable.
What are you doing to fix this issue? I have literally tried everything including this most recent single monitor setup and it still isn't working and costing me a LOT of time and money.
PS adding this - would it be wise, as I read/saw somewhere** to get a monitor with a specific resolution (eg not 4k, but 1440p)
Would THIS ^^^ 100% solve the issue and remove LAG issue entirely? I'm getting desperate but would purchase a new monitor if it was a bulletproof fix.
I recently purchased two LG 4K 27-inch monitors and I'm using a 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 with an i9 Intel chip.
To connect the monitors, I bought the new Satechi Triple 4K Display Docking Station from https://satechi.net/products/triple-4k-display-docking-station.
However, when I connect the monitors to the docking station via DisplayPort or HDMI and then connect the docking station to my MacBook via USB-C, both screens become laggy, spiky, and not smooth. I have tried adjusting the resolution settings, but nothing seems to help.
I came to find out:
Interestingly, when I connect both 4K monitors directly to my MacBook via USB-C, everything works smoothly. I don't think the Satechi docking station is the problem because I also tried connecting one of the monitors through a USB-C Satechi converter with an HDMI cable, and that worked fine too.
I suspect that the DisplayLink software may be causing the issues. Do you have any thoughts on this?
If you are seeing lags or general performance issues with DisplayLink, Sonoma and with latest software installed (1.10 Alpha), please reach out directly to the support team by sending and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can go through the DisplayLink Manager app and Support tab. Please make sure to include detailed problem description.
Yen-Hsiang Huang (Robert) commented
My monitor is ASUS mb166b, and I also have the same problem.
However, there is no problem on the same machine when running Windows.
And weirdly, even when I turn off the monitor, as long as it is plugged in, it will cause my M2 Mac mini to stutter every ~2s.
Connor Perrin commented
I have updated to this version, however my extended screens are still heavily lagging. Do you know of any other ways I can resolve this issue?
Chadwin Solomon commented
when will the next release be
Aron Molnar Megyeri commented
Thanks for your response, I will be looking forward to the next relases!