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Old 09-17-2018, 01:17 PM   #1
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I'm delighted to be able to distribute the 9.0 alpha driver for Windows:

DisplayLink software release 9.0 will deliver the following:
- DL-69xx: Windows 10 alternate encoder with Intel 4th Generation GPU and newer for CPU usage reduction
- DL-3xxx, DL-5xxx: night mode/f.lux/gamma LUT for monitor calibration on HDMI and DisplayPort ASIC output on Windows 10
- DL-6xxx: night mode/f.lux/gamma LUT for monitor calibration on DisplayPort output on Windows 10

- Bug fixes

Details on the "alternative encoder"
This feature is used to offload encoding from the CPU, and when released, will give at least the same performance as what is available in production today.
That feature is now enabled by default on supported configurations.

Current requirements of the alternative encoder
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update onwards
- USB adapter or docking station using the DisplayLink DL-6950 ASIC
- Intel GPU 4th generation and newer
Any other display connected through DisplayLink technology will still use be rendered the same way as before (DL-1x5, DL-3xxx, DL-4xxxx, DL-5xxx).

How to give feedback
For this to be manageable, please create a new thread with each piece of feedback you have.
Any type of feedback is useful to us, not only linked to the alternative encoder which is only developed here because it is new! For instance, we have corrected bugs in the Ethernet link negotiation area and feedback on behaviour there is encouraged.

Build numbers and 9.0 Alpha download
Software Package Version: 9.0.1040.0
Software Package Date: 13th September 2018

DisplayLink Ethernet Driver Version: 8.6.587.0
DisplayLink Audio Driver Version: 8.6.1280.0

Windows 7 - Windows 8.1:
- DisplayLink Core Software Version: 9.0.1040.0
- DisplayLink Core Software Date: 13th September 2018
Windows 10 v1607 Build 14393 onwards:
- DisplayLink Graphics Driver Version: 9.0.1040.0
- DisplayLink Graphics Driver Date: 13th September 2018

DisplayLink USB Graphics Software Beta for Windows (9.0 Alpha)

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Old 10-30-2018, 02:20 PM   #2
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Hello, will the alternate encoder, when released, support older models (i think i have a dl-3xxx) like the targus acp71usz ?

I know it is a bit older but heavy work with apps that redraw are getting problematic... yet i am not ready yet to invest in a dock as i am waiting for when i upgrade the laptop...
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Old 10-31-2018, 12:49 PM   #3
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Hello Tuath,

This chip isn't covered, but because of the maximum resolution it supports, I am not confident it matters.
The current scope is about CPU reduction, the next step will be on optimizations.

Would you please be able to post a video taken with your smartphone of the defect?
This can give us an indication of where this would come from.
It would be useful if I could get some info about the machine as well:
1. OS version, if Windows 10, which one (2015 versions or later?)
2. Which GPU(s) are you using?
3. Which CPU (full name like Core i7-7700HQ)? as it help me understand expected results
4. Do you use in extended desktop with laptop on or lid closed?
5. Do you see the issue with specific applications or even something like Windows file explorer is struggling?

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