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Questions tagged [thunderbolt]

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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How can I tell whether my USB C cable is a USB 3.1 cable, a passive Thunderbolt 3 cable, or an active Thunderbolt 3 cable?

I have two Thunderbolt 3 devices that each came with their own Thunderbolt 3 cable, plus another USB-C cable that I'm not sure what it's capabilities are. Is there any way I can determine whether the ...
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Can you use a thunderbolt 3 dock with a laptop only capable of usb 3.1 gen 2?

I have a late 2018 macbook pro (tb3) and a surface book 2 (usb 3.1 gen 2). I was wondering if I would be able to buy a tb3 dock and have it work with both (albeit with bandwidth constraints on the ...
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Shared USB-C dual monitor dock between MBP and a PC without Thunderbolt? [closed]

I'm having a hard time understanding the magic between DisplayPort, USB-C, and Thunderbolt. I'm trying to learn if it's supported by the protocols to have 2 monitors over USB-C both with and without ...
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What are the possible repurcussions of unplugging an eGPU without ‘ejecting’ it?

So, at least on macOS, your computer may complain when you simply unplug a Thunderbolt / PCIe GPU: I've basically been ignoring this, so far — when my computer is asleep, it takes a substantial time ...
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Does Dell Latitude 7390 13'' support Thunderbolt?

I have a Dell Latitude 7390 at work. According to this compatibility list, the device should be supported, but checking the manufacturer's site it seems to be an option. Checking the USB-C port, it ...
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What is the function of a Thunderbolt gigabit ethernet + USB 3.0 adapter if Thunderbolt 1/2 does not provide USB functionality?

What is the function of this device: A Kanex “Thunderbolt Gigabit Ethernet + USB 3.0 Adapter?” According to the accepted answers of this and this question, Thunderbolt 1/2 does not provide any USB ...
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MacBook Pro (Early 2011) to USB 3.0

Here is my problem: A) Goal Connecting a MacBook Pro 13'', Early 2011 (MacBookPro8,1) to a Laptop Docking Station (Sabrent DS-RICA) via USB 3.0. B) Situation/Setup Said docking station only ...
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How good are external GPUs for machine learning / neural networks in linux? [closed]

I've got a desktop tower, but it's power supply is too limited for the GPU I'm considering for machine learning-- the RTX 2080-- plus I'm worried about heat in this machine, which starts to use the ...
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Is it possible to connect an Apple Thunderbolt Display to a Windows Desktop? [duplicate]

We have an Apple Thunderbolt Display and a HP Pavilion Desktop 590. I was wondering whether there is anyway to connect the Thunderbolt Display with a Desktop using some adapters? Any help on this ...
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How to check for eGPU support on Windows 10 over Thunderbolt 2 (Bootcamp)?

How can I check for, or learn how to check for, eGPU support on a Windows 10 installation, running as Bootcamp on a Mac Pro 2013 ? The eGPU enclosure I have is a Sonnet 550 and it has a Thunderbolt ...
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Why is Thunderbolt 3 a rarity on desktop computers?

Most recent higher-end laptops seems to have a Thunderbolt 3 connection. However, this does not seem to be case for recent motherboards or graphics cards for desktop computers. I know that one ...
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Thunderbolt 3 hub not powering up on a certain port

I've recently purchased a USB Type-C hub and it worked great under Windows and Ubuntu on my HP Spectre x360 (late-2017 I believe). Until yesterday, when I noticed a warning from Windows' defense ...
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Dual-booting from Thunderbolt device

recently, I bought a new laptop and get some money from the old one. For work/school I am using a Linux system, but I am contemplating, to buy an eGPU enclosure. I noticed, that HP Omen Accelerator ...
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Thunderbolt™ Software installed itself on my laptop

I have a Lenovo T570 laptop running Windows 10 which yesterday appeared to unexpectedly install a new program. The program appears in my start menu and has also added itself to my system services ...
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Dell Dock TB15 on Macbook Pro Thunderbolt charges but does not work

I have a Dell TB15 connected to two 1920x1080 screens (one via display port, other via HDMI; DP chaining always made trouble) and been using it with an XPS13 9360 running Ubuntu, and a Dell mobile ...
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Using a Dell TB16 on a computer without USB-C

I own a dell TB16 dock. This dock is attached to my laptop via usb-c. Now, I would occasionally like to attach an older laptop (older as in: from 2015, right before USB-C was by default integrated in ...
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Very slow write speed on Thunderbolt

I have a Startech Thunderbolt 3 adapter with a Samsung 950 Pro SSD. I've attached it to my Thunderbolt 3 capable laptop, a Eurocom X4C. The drive is recognized, but the speed results I get from ...
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Linux and thunderbolt: insmod always returns “function not implemented”

I have a Linux machine (running kernel 4.9.84 on Debian stretch) with a thunderbold card, supported by the thunderbolt driver: # lspci -s 09:00.0 -k 09:00.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation ...
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Thunderbolt headphones & windows 10 anyone?

Just spent lots of time with Xiaomi Thunderbolt ANC headphones and Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon-x1 laptop, with no luck. Upon connection, the device is clearly recognized, a new line appears in device ...
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Connecting USB connector type A to type C

I have two hard drives, one with a USB type A and one with a USB type C connector. I also have a USB type A to C cable. Connect the hard drive with USB type C port with the USB type A port of my ...
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Can't a mother board with thunderbolt 3 do what an external GPU enclosure does

External GPU enclosures are now available in the market to which we can connect our laptop via Thunderbolt 3 interface to expand our graphics processing. If we already have a motherboard with ...
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Connect MacBook to Windows/Linux PC with Thunderbolt 3 to use it as e-GPU

I got a MacBook and a Windows PC with powerful GPUs and the motherboard has thunderbolt3 port. I want to connect my MacBook to PC via Thunderbolt 3 and utilize the GPUs to run software like the Final ...
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Do Thunderbolt 3 external SSDs work with Linux?

I'm planning to buy and connect an external SSD to a Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen 5 laptop, using one of the Thunderbolt 3 connectors of the laptop, with a Thunderbolt 3 cable. (Example of such an external ...
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X1 Yoga 3rd Gen Decreased SSD performance with Thunderbolt 3 Dock (1/3 of AC Power w/ “Coil Whine”)

(Originally posted on Lenovo Forum) Hey group, While testing the performance of the SSD in my X1 Yoga 3rd Gen (X1Y3) with CrystalDiskMark, I noticed a drastic performance drop in 4KiB Q(ueue)8T(...
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Best way to connect Dell Precision 5520 laptop to Dell UltraSharp U2717D Monitor

My Dell 5520 laptop has multiple display connection possibilities. HDMI Thunderbolt 3 / USB C USB 3.0 My Dell U2717D has: HDMI (MHL) DisplayPort Mini DisplayPort I also have a Kensington SD3500v ...
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External ThunderBolt 3 SSD drive not recognized on Ubuntu 17.10 running on Macbook Pro A1706

So I've installed Ubuntu 17.10 on an external SSD and had it boot on my MacBook Pro A1706 (late 2016), works like a charm (installed the keyboard/touchbar module). I have an external ThunderBolt 3 (...
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Drive two monitors from 1 USB-C/Thunderbolt (Lenovo/ViewSonic)

I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th Gen. It has 2x USC-C/Thunderbolt ports, plus USB-B and HDMI. It supports MST. I have also 2x ViewSonic VP2468s. The displays have DisplayPort (In); miniDisplayPort (...
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MacBook Pro: no external monitor works

I have a 2011 early model MacBook Pro (High Sierra 10.13.3) with a Thunderbolt port being the only way of connecting an external monitor. I use a Mini DisplayPort-HDMI adaptor to connect my LG IPS236 ...
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How do I tell if the cable I have is a Thunderbolt 2 or DisplayPort?

I have a cable from computer to monitor that is DisplayPort on one side, Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 2 on the other. I suspect it is a Thunderbolt 2 cable because it was able to display to my monitor ...
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How can I monitor data speeds on a Thunderbolt 3 port?

I am using a Thunderbolt 3 hub with two 4k monitors, Time Capsule, USB, and speakers, connected to it from my my MacBook Pro. This is all done with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. Is it possible to ...
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single USB-C to drive 2 HDMI monitors in Extended desktop mode

I have a new HP Spectre x360 laptop (15-bl152nr) with the latest 8th gen I7 processor and the following ports... 1 Thunderbolt™ 3 (Data Transfer up to 40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DP1.2, HP Sleep and ...
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Questions about USB types and version numbers with Thunderbolt taken into account

My background: I just bought a new MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 ports built in, and I have an old 12inch MacBook with a USB-C port. I was trying to use target disk mode with migration assistant to ...
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Fastest external hard drive interface nowadays [duplicate]

I run virtual machines from an external hard drive from my Mac (internal SSD is not big enough for what I do). My question is: Which would the fastest external interface be nowadays assuming I have ...
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Mac Thunderbolt-2 to Thunderbolt-3 large file transfer - error code -36

I am trying to transfer files between 2 Macs, both running Sierra (10.12). I have enabled File Sharing on the source and successfully mounted the directory (Macintosh HD) from the client. I was able ...
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network connection over thunderbolt bridge between linux and mac

When plugging thunderbolt cable between two mac computers, it's possible to setup a high speed network connection between them (depending on the thunderbolt version it can be up to 40Gbps). I was ...
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FPGA access on a MacBook-Pro

I am interested in accelerating machine learning on a MacBookPro using FPGA technology. Has anyone found a way to attach an FPGA card or dev board to Thunderbolt interface?
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How to get more full speed USB 2.0 ports on a modern laptop?

Modern laptops just have a few USB ports and to extend thoose you are supposed to use a USB hub. My issue is that I need to connect 4 highspeed USB 2.0 cameras to my laptop and while still keeping two ...
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Thunderbolt 3 diagram? Bandwidth allocation?

I am trying to understand Thunderbolt 3 and I have some grasp on it: it provides a 40 gigabit per second bus which carries multiplexed signals. I am not using gbps or similar abbreviations for clarity ...
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What cable do I have to buy to connect an iMac 2017 to LG 27UD88-W

I am having a hard time to find the right cable to connect an iMac 2017 (Thunderbolt 3, USB-C) with an LG 27UD88-W. The LG actually supports USB-C input, but I cannot find this kind of cable in the ...
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Are all Acer Nitro laptops eligible for egpu?

Is acer VN7-593G-73HP eligible for egpu? (Are all Acer Nitro laptops eligible?) https://www.notebooksbilliger.de/acer+aspire+v+15+nitro+black+edition+gaming+vn7+593g+73hp/?nbb=pla.google_&wt_cc2=...
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USB 3.1 in active Thunderbolt 3 cables

In the search for the "one USB Type C cable for everything", it looks like we are not quite there just yet. I'm looking for a Type C cable that can do Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and 5A power ...
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Does G-Sync work through a docking station?

Assuming Thunderbolt 3 to the docking station and either Thunderbolt 3 or DisplayPort (1.2 or higher) to the display, does G-Sync pass through a docking station, or does the intermediary hardware ...
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Why does USB 3.1 only use two of the four available data lines?

Looking at the specifications for USB-C, I notice that there are four SuperSpeed differential pairs for data transfer, as seen in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB-C#Specifications. The Wikipedia ...
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Why is Thunderbolt 3 on copper wire faster than USB 3.1?

As I understand it, Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 use the exact same USB-C connectors. I am aware that Thunderbolt 3 is approximately quadruple the speed of USB 3.1. I had assumed that it was because TB ...
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Thunderbolt display not recognised with Ubuntu 16.04

I'm setting up Ubuntu on a new Alienware R3 15. I have it dual booting with Windows 10. I also have a Thunderbolt display (Thunderbolt 2). I recently bought an adaptor so that that I can plug the ...
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macbook display stays on or off if connected to thunderbolt display

What happens to the display of the macbook pro itself if it's connected to multiple thunderbolt displays. The question is, 1) Will macbook pro screen go black or standby or can I still see things ...
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Dell XPS USB-C to DVI-D not working

I've got an Dell XPS 15 9560, and I've bought a USB-C to DVI adapter: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ICZI-USB-C-Thunderbolt-Compatible-Adapter/dp/B01MU2WQWD/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=...
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Do Thunderbolt monitors use the multiplexed DisplayPort signal?

A DisplayPort signal can be multiplexed onto a Thunderbolt cable. In fact, multiple DisplayPort signals (Intel Cactus Ridge 4C) can be multiplexed onto the same Thunderbolt cable. Multiple ...
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Cintiq Pro 13 doesn't display on Windows 10 System

This recently launched Cintiq supposed to work with a single USB-C connection. I have a Motherboard Asus z270-AR with USB-C port, but when I connect it, the cintiq works fine as a tablet, but it ...
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Using a iMac (2011) in Target Display Mode with Dell XPS 15 equipped with Thunderbolt 3

I have a Dell XPS 9550, equipped with a Thunderbolt 3/ USB-C port. I am trying to use my iMac 2011 as a target display. I read that this can only be done using the Thunderbolt (V1 on iMac) port, and ...