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JM2017
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Carbon X1 (2017, Gen5), How can I use two displays when using Linux?

Hello, 

 

I bought a new Carbon X1 Notbook. I am working with Linux and I am wondering, how I can connect two displays to the notebook. It seems that the Thunderbolt 3 docking station is not supported with Linux. 

 

Any ideas?

 

Greetings

Juergen

 

anaibol
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Re: Carbon X1 (2017, Gen5), How can I use two displays when using Linux?

Connect one via hdmi and the other via usb 3.1 to hdmi adaptor.

nibs
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Re: Carbon X1 (2017, Gen5), How can I use two displays when using Linux?

Be careful about the resolution of the external displays. The X1 Carbon 5th's HDMI has a max refresh rate of 24Hz when using 4k over HDMI. I believe lower resolutions should be ok. 

If you wanted to avoid HDMI, then you should be able to use a USB-C monitor or a USB-C to DP cable to monitor one and daisy chain monitor one to monitor two, assuming the monitors support being daisy chained and you have the correct cables.

X1 Carbon 3rd Gen Type 20BT i7-5500U, 2560x1440 (non-touch), Win 10 Pro, 8GB RAM, 512 SSD, Intel 7625 WiFi, BT 4.0 | ThinkVision P24q-10 monitor

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kudram
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Re: Carbon X1 (2017, Gen5), How can I use two displays when using Linux?

The ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 docking station doe work with Linux.
jonasbjork
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Re: Carbon X1 (2017, Gen5), How can I use two displays when using Linux?

I am using the Thunderdock with my X1 Carbon 5th Gen without any problems. Well, you have to set the Thunderbolt Security to "No Security" in BIOS to get the USB and Ethernet on the dock to work with Linux. I have two monitors connected to the dock (DisplayPort) and they just worked with Fedora 27. No problems at all.

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