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Startech Laptop Docking

Compatibility and Installation

The Universal Laptop USB Docking Station is compatible with Windows 32 and 64 bit XP, Vista and 7 operating systems.

I dug up the driver disk and tried to install the software in the connected laptop, but Windows Vista warned that the driver was outdated. I downloaded the latest driver from the Startech site and installed it. The installation required me to reboot the laptop. After booting up, I saw a new icon in the system tray labeled USB2.0 Graphic Dock.

How does the docking station perform?

startech universal laptop usb audio vga ethernet docking station


I connected the PC's mouse and keyboard, a scanner and a digital camera with the docking station. Then I connected an Acer 27" LCD monitor and connected it to LAN. Finally, I connected some headphones with the dock station.

The first thing I noticed was that the monitor I had plugged in was flashing and had distorted text and horizontal lines going across it. I right clicked on the icon in the system tray and found options to set the resolution of the Acer monitor. It also offered options to select the monitor as either a mirror or a primary or secondary display.

I tried everything and failed to stabilize the display on the monitor. It had distorted text and some refresh rate problems in the form of thin lines going across the screen. It was very frustrating until I recalled that the docking station supports only up to 1600x1200 resolutions, while the monitor runs on 1920x1080 resolutions. I tried to reduce the resolution but it did not work.

The audio ports performed just like the laptop's integrated audio ports. There was no background noise, static or hissing. I used the mouse and keyboard while transferring data from my digital camera to my laptop and printing some pages of text all at once. I was also connected to Ethernet via the docking station and was copying a 2 GB folder from a desktop PC. This all worked smoothly without any problems or degradation in speed. Some credit should probably go to a well-equipped Acer Aspire AS5750-9851 laptop, but it is clear that this device gets the job done.

Apart from the issue with the VGA output, I was impressed by the effective performance of Universal Laptop USB Docking Station with VGA Audio Ethernet by Startech.

MPN: USBVGADOCK2. UPC: 065030838214

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