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Rob11900
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X1 Yoga Display Capabilities - external + built-in

I have an x1 yoga  20FQ model (i7, 520 integrated).  I am coming from a gen1 x1 carbon and had a gen3 x1 carbon as an temporary machine.

 

On my x1 carbon with the onelink dock (usb 3) I was able to connect 2 external monitors + a 3rd monitor into the mini dp + the laptop built-in display.  Essentially I had 4 monitors.

 

I am surprised that I cannot get the same setup with the x1 carbon gen3 and now with the x1 yoga.  One of my next step is test the vga port on the onelink+ dock to see If I can then enable the built-in port.

 

The x1 yoga and x1 carbon (gen1) intel cpu/gup specs shows that they both support 3 displays.  I am thinking the usb dock is the difference maker.  

 

 Is this possible on the newer machines?  

Rob11900
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Re: X1 Yoga Display Capabilities - external + built-in

No difference with the VGA.  I can only get 2 monitors to work.  I'll reconnect the displaylink pro dock to see if it works.

Rob11900
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Re: X1 Yoga Display Capabilities - external + built-in

I got all 4 display working with the old dock setup.  I installed the thinkpad pro usb 3.0 dock. And installed the driver/software.  

 

The only draw back is that I now have to run 3 cables for power, and display instad of 2.

 

Sucks that the newer dock for the gen3 and x1 yoga does not support this.

 

Hope someone will post a way to get this working with the new oneLink+ doc.

 

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Re: X1 Yoga Display Capabilities - external + built-in

Rob11900,

 

I am glad you were able to successfully set up a four display configuration.

 

Think Engineering was able to successfully recreate the scenario of hooking an X1 Yoga up to three additional external displays for a total of four displays. They did this with a X1 Yoga running Windows 10, two external displays hooked up to a ThinkPad USB 3.0 dock, and an additional external monitor hooked up to the X1 Yoga.

 

The USB 3.0 dock supports a total of four displays, while the design limitation of the OneLink+ remains at three displays, as you discovered. This is due to the extra graphics provided by the USB 3.0 dock.

 

Thank you,

 

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