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Thunderbolt is a bus interface (like USB) developed by Intel and Apple that is capable of high transfer speeds and daisy-chaining. It is based off of the PCI Express and MiniDisplayPort technologies.

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Samsung Dex compatibility with DELL docks [migrated]

I have a Samsung S10 phone with samsung Dex. Dex is fun and an (sometimes) be quite useful. With it, I can use a desktop environment on my phone, like I would on a computer. My workplace is equipped ...
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Can a MAC laptop with thunderbolt 2 ports accomodate a Thunderbolt 3 dock from DELL?

I recently bought a DELL TB16 dock to use with my computer. I connect the thing using a thunderbolt 3 cable, and I get the internet, 2 screens my usb laptop plus power using only one cable. Works ...
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USB 3.0 Graphics Card Quad Monitor Setup

the CPU is only capable of supporting three displays. Is there a chance to push the limit by adding a USB / Thunderbolt Graphics Card? Thank you in advance :)
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Advice on how to restore 'In built' Thunderbolt Controller which shows as hidden 'base system device' with Code 45 device not connected

I have encountered an unusual situation where a Thunderbolt Controller device built into the architecture of the Motherboard (an Asus Prime X299 Edition 30) shows as 'not connected to the computer' ...
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How to use a KVM switch with newer USB-C / DIsplayPort systems without 3.5mm audio

I have a challenge. I have a "work from home" setup provided by an employer. I want to add my desktop in a dual setup, with a KVM. They provided a Dell laptop with thunderbolt port. They ...
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What can be the issue when Thunderbolt Dock Power Button does not Power on Laptop

I have a HP zbook Firefly 15 G8 and as there are currently no suitable docking stations from this vendor available for me to buy I took the risk and bought one from Asus (Asus Sim Pro Dock 2). The ...
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My thunderbolt 3 isn't working properly. Model Name: G5-793 | Part Number: NH.Q1HEG.003

I am trying to connect an external display using thunderbolt 3 port, but it is not working, i tried uninstalling the thunderbolt 3 software, but it just doesnt detect any external display, how can i ...
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USB Power Delivery VS DisplayPort VS Thunderbolt

Computers ports, mostly if not only USB-C ones, are often described as supporting Power Delivery, DisplayPort and/or Thunderbolt. USB Power Delivery means the USB port can (and sometimes must) be ...
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Stuck on 6-bit color when in 60hz windows 10, Spectre x360 14,

I'm using a spectre x360 14 with a 38" monitor lg-38WK95C-W which is supposed to have a color depth of 10bit. When I connect my laptop with USB-C to the monitor, the default setting appears to be ...
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MacOS - Unable to see shared drive from one MacBook to another via Thunderbolt

I have a new MacBook Pro and I have attempted to migrate data and account information from my old MacBook Pro. Both systems are running MacOS 12.1 (Monterey) The old MacBook Pro is a 2019 16" ...
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Can HP EliteBook 840 G7 Notebook drive a 5k2k display?

My employer provides my with a HP EliteBook 840 G7 Notebook. I'd like to buy a external monitor for it, and I came across the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor - U4021QW. I'm somewhat confused by ...
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USB-C docking station can't keep image up - keeps kicking me out to Windows lock screen

New Lenovo Win10 laptop set up with lenovo docking station (thunderbolt 3 gen 2) and display port cable to external monitor. Problem is after a few seconds computer kicks me out to Windows lock screen....
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connecting external hard drive to Thunderbolt connector, via Micro-B USB 3.0 to USB-C cable

Is it safe / possible to connect a "standard" USB-compatible external hard drive, to the Thunderbolt 3 connector of my Windows machine (Lenovo ThinkPad P15), via Micro-B USB 3.0 to USB-C ...
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How to detect the presence of a Multi Stream Transport hub under Windows?

If a Thunderbolt device has two display outputs, it might take both DisplayPort signals off the bus or it might be using an MST hub. Is there any way to tell which one it is? Aside from, of course, ...
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Possible to connect an Apple Thunderbolt Display to a Thunderbolt 3 dock via an adapter?

I have an Apple Thunderbolt Display at my desk, which I currently use with a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter to connect to a newer MacBook Pro via USB-C. As the display cannot provide power ...
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Why/how would a NAS use Thunderbolt support?

Browsing NAS drives, I came across this one from QNAP which... features both 10GBASE-T and Thunderbolt™ 3 high-bandwidth connectivity for tackling heavy workloads and smoothly transferring, ...
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Linux laptop doesn't stay suspended when docking station connected

I have a laptop with Linux Mint installed, the power settings are set to suspend after 30min both on battery and charger. I've also set the suspend to be performed when an external monitor is attached ...
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Linux will not recognize Thunderbolt 3 (Titan Ridge) card on Supermicro motherboard

I have a server with a Supermicro C9Z390-PGW motherboard to which I needed to add Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, so I purchased a Gigabyte GC-Titan Ridge Rev 2.0 add in card. However, after powering on ...
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4k screen via USB-C dongle: fine on Windows, input lag + low fps on linux

I purchased this USB-c to Displayport dongle to connect my 4k monitor to my computer. I know lots of problems occur because their pc doesn't support thunderbolt, alt mode or things like that. However, ...
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Thunderbolt 3 external drive not showing up in Ubuntu 20.04

I have Ubuntu 20.04 I try to add a Direct Attached Storage (DAS) to my Ubuntu machine via a Thunderbolt 3 slot. The DAS is an "2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 from Lacie". Via USB it works. Via &...
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KVM switch with 2x USB C inputs and dual 4K monitor support [closed]

I've been looking for a KVM switch for a while that would support connecting two MacBooks (via a single USB-C input from each) to two 4K monitors. The idea is to be able to switch between the two ...
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Is there any way I can test the capabilities of a USB-C cable, perhaps with an external device?

I have a USB-C cable that has absolutely no markings on it. I don't know where it came from, so I don't know what kind of cable it is. I think it's a Thunderbolt 3 cable, but I'm not sure. It doesn't ...
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Thunderbolt 2 port external display problems on MBP -- but only in macOS

I'm experiencing extremely odd behavior that I haven't been able to troubleshoot. I have an early 2015 Retina 13" MacBook Pro. Typically, I use two external monitors (1080p), using two MiniDP-to-...
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Does Thunderbolt 3 speed up access to non-Thunderbolt drives?

I am about to buy a new laptop and am considering one with a Thunderbolt 3 port - if it would speed up my backups to external drive. Obviously, if the external drive is al TB 3, that would be optimal. ...
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Laptop slow when closing the lid

I recently bought a MSI prestige 14-a10sc-067xes which has: 16GB RAM 1TB SSD GeForce GTX 1650 4GB And the important thing about this - 2 thunderbolt 3 ports The laptop is an absolute beast, it works ...
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My MacBook Air M1 (2020) drains the battery faster than expected when I keep my Android phone connected to it

The battery drains very quickly on my MacBook Air M1 (2020) when I keep an Android phone connected to it. I use it for app development. Is there any way I could stop the Android device from charging? ...
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Thunderbolt 3: Can I get "Power Delivery" *output* on a TB3 hub/chip?

tl;dr: read title. Thunderbolt 3 hubs often have a "power delivery" port (alt: usb-c port that may support usb-pd). Are they input only, or also output, or 'maybe, good luck getting the ...
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XPS 15 9550 with Ultrasharp 25 U2520D

I am currently trying to get my Ultrasharp 25 U2520D to work with my XPS but had no luck so far. Connecting the Monitor over Thunderbolt 3 doesn't seems to do a thing and I'm wondering why. The specs ...
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Do Thunderbolt 3 adapters work on Thunderbolt 4 ports?

I'm waiting for my new laptop to be delivered which has a Thunderbolt 4 port, however I can not figure out if a Thunderbolt 3 to 2 x DisplayPort adapter will work, or any other Thunderbolt 3 to X ...
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Can i use mini-DP to Dvi adapter on macbook pro mid 2012(thunderbolt 1) to connect to my monitor?

I have macbook pro mid 2012, which has thunderbolt 1, I want to connect it to my monitor (HP Pro Display P221). Then thunderbolt to dvi adapter is required, But i can't find any adapter to do this ...
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Can I use Mini DisplayPort -> VGA adapter to connect a Thunderbolt 2 port to a VGA display?

I've a MacBook early 2015 that has Thunderbolt 2 ports. I have an old VGA monitor that I would like to use. I'm currently using HDMI port to connect my first monitor (VGA will be second).
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How could I boot my Ubuntu 20.04 laptop to show 2 external monitors and usb devices connected to a USB-C/DisplayLink- Hub without reconnecting?

Here is my system setup: ASUS ROG G752VSK with NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070 Mobile with driver : nvidia-driver-455 - third-party free recommended (installed from ubuntu nvidia ppa for beta drivers (...
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Error: "Thunderbolt controller has experienced an issue and cannot connect to devices or other computers until new firmware is installed"

I'm receiving this error on my Lenovo ThinkPad x1: A Thunderbolt controller has experienced a problem and cannot connect to devices or other computers until new firmware is installed. Device Details:...
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USB-C display compatibility

I'm searching for a monitor to connect it to my Surface Book 3 15". And I want to use only the USB-C cabele (also use to load my laptop). The Surface Book offers USB 3.x Gen 2 @ 10Gb/s DP alt ...
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Why does Windows' "Pause" option when moving/copying files take so long to work?

I have just bought a Samsung T7 1 TB SSD and am trying to move ~200 GB of data on to it from my laptop's internal SSD. I stupidly tried to do this with File Explorer's built-in move capabilities ...
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I think I may have wasted some money. Can a docking station work with a USB switcher?

I have a desktop for home use and a laptop for work. I want them to share monitors/peripherals (keyboard/mouse/headset). So, I had an old HP G2 Thunderbolt lying around.. For monitors, it works fine. ...
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Can a Thunderbolt device present itself as a USB device on systems that don't support Thunderbolt?

My question is whether the Thunderbolt 3 standard (essentially a super set of USB 3) allows a device to operate in a 'backwards compatible' manner when connected to a port that only supports USB. For ...
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How to use laptop i/o devices **transparently** for mac mini

I was thinking about getting a mac mini and have inevitably run into the question of how to make use of the thing that has integrated all the necessary IO devices, namely, the laptop. Googling "...
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Determine which protocol is being used over USB?

How can I see which protocol is being used over USB? I would like to verify that NVMe is being used over Thunderbolt 3/USB 3. It behaves as the NVMe enclosure advertised–I could probably boot off this ...
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How do I determine the speed of a Thunderbolt cable connection to an eGPU?

I've just bought a new cable to connect my machine to my eGPU and connected it following these instructions. The cable claims it operates at 40 Gbps. How do I verify that it's doing so? I am using ...
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XPS 13 - one TB port faster than the other?

I have a new XPS 13 9300 with 2x TB3 ports. I use a Dell WD19TB dock to connect to my monitor, an LG 34GK950F. The monitor handles up to 144hz which I make use of through my gaming PC. When connecting ...
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Connecting two monitors through single thunderbolt 3 port

I have Lenovo C940 Yoga 2-in-1 which comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports. I also have Lenovo USB-C 3-in-1 Hub. This is image on above link: But when I connect two monitors to thunderbolt, one from ...
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Using laptop components as peripherals to PC

Is it possible to use my laptop components (display, touchpad, keyboard, audio in/out etc) as peripheral to a desktop computer? Ideal usage scenario is following: Linux is on laptop and workstation ...
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What cable do I connect to my Macbook to Thinkpad GEN-2 dock?

I bought two monitors without thinking what else I need to actually use them with the setup I have. Macbook Pro 2015 Video Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt Display 1 x HDMI https://support.apple.com/kb/sp719?...
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Thunderbolt 3 - calculate bandwith required by monitors

As described by the Thunderbolt 3 Technology Brief DisplayPort signals transmitted over Thunderbolt 3 links have higher priority than PCIe/USB data so in case the total required bandwidth exceeds the ...
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Windows 10 - Prevent external monitor (that is plugged into a thunderbolt dock) from turning off when laptop lid is opened

I typically use my laptop with it plugged into a thunderbolt dock and the lid closed. Sometimes I need to open up the lid so that I can use the webcam. Upon opening the lid the external display that ...
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Can I connect my MacBook to my Windows PC via thunderbolt 3?

I recently built a PC where its motherboard support thunderbolt 3. However, it only has thunderbolt 3 header, so it comes to my mind to buy a thunderbolt PCIe card to connect my MacBook and PC ...
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Use Laptop as Second Monitor with Thunderbolt 3

I have two laptops, one being work laptop with a mini HDMI output port and one being a personal laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port. The work laptop does not allow wireless connectivity to my personal ...
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Active/Passive Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI [closed]

I have a 2019 MacBook Pro 16" that has four thunderbolt 3 ports. Currently I have three cheap-o USB C to HDMI adapters that work well, but I feel like there is a drag on my system resources. My ...
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Apple Thunderbolt Display goes black on Windows 10 login screen

I have ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX motherboard with Thunderbolt 3. I want to use Apple Thunderbolt Display with Windows 10. After installing the drivers it started working however it does not work ...
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