[plug] Xubuntu + Dell XPS + "thunderbolt" HDMI?

Byron Hammond byronester at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 17:10:52 AWST 2020

I have a Dell laptop for work and use it's USB-C and Thunderbolt support to
output to multiple monitors.
This is in Windows though. For many corp/business reasons I can't use Linux.
To do this in Windows, you also need DispayLink drivers, so this may be a
consideration for you in XUbuntu.


Good luck

On Fri, 17 Apr 2020 at 16:47, Chris McCormick <chris at mccormick.cx> wrote:

> Hey all,
> In 2017 I bought a new laptop because my laptop stopped working after I
> zapped it. After I got home from the shop I turned my laptop off and on
> again and discovered it was still working *facepalm*. I put the new
> laptop away for later.
> Fast forward to 2020 and I'm upgrading to my "new" laptop. I
> successfully installed Xubuntu on it and then I went to plug my
> DisplayLink to HDMI converter into it and found a weird looking port
> instead of the DisplayLink port. The port on the new laptop looks like a
> USB-C port with a little lightning symbol next to it. Apparently it's
> called "thunderbolt".
> So I went to Officeworks and bought a "USB-C to DisplayLink" converter
> cable, came back to my office and plugged it in so that I have the
> following cables/converters:
> HDMI (monitor) -> HDMI-to-DisplayLink -> DisplayLink-to-USB-C
> No dice.
> With my existing Dell XPS when I plug in the DisplayLink cable I get the
> "Display: Configure screen settings and layout" app popup and I can
> configure the second HDMI to be above the laptop screen.
> On the new laptop with these cables plugged in the display configuration
> app can't see the monitor at all. I've tried all kinds of
> turning-off-and-on-again, plugging things in in a different order etc.
> but nothing i do causes the monitor to appear.
> Ideas?
> Cheers,
> Chris.
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