DisplayLink is a USB2 solution to send display data from a USB source to a digital monitor (using a DVI interface). Why would you care ? Well, the Pandora has a USB2 port, and can support higher resolutions, therefore it can act as a display source and connect on a monitor to display a Full HD desktop. Don’t except stuff like playing games or videos with it, though, since the bandwidth of the USB2 port is too narrow to stream full HD video in realtime. But since the Pandora is very much a portable computer, you can enjoy the richness of its desktop applications (LibreOffice, Quassel, Firefox, etc…) with this device. Here’s how you set it up.
[ This is a guest post from Takedown of the Pandora boards ]
Hey guys, Takedown here. Ekianjo asked me to do a tutorial on how to set up and configure a DisplayLink device, be it a standalone one or a complete docking station.
First off, we’re going to set up the Pandora for DisplayLink use. Because we don’t have permission to modify /etc/X11/, we’re going to use thunar with root permissions.
To do that, we head over to the Terminal and type “sudo thunar /etc/X11/”.
It should send us straight to where the xorg.conf files are located.
There are two files, one is named “xorg.conf” and “xorg.conf.DisplayLink”. All you need to do is rename “xorg.conf” to “xorg.conf.default” and “xorg.conf.DisplayLink” to “xorg.conf”.
Now to set up the hardware.
Make sure everything is connected as per instructions of the docking station or standalone device. We now connect the DisplayLink device to the USB Host of the Pandora and enable USB host. You should get a green screen on the monitor.
All you need to do now is log out. The login should appear on the monitor instead of the pandora. Enter your login info and away you go 😀