Razer Blade 15 advanced and Lenovo docking station gen 2?

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  1. ProperFurButt

    ProperFurButt New Member

    I bought a gen 2 lenovo docking station hoping to condense the amount of wires going to my laptop. However, when I plug in the docking station nothing happens. Has anyone else gotten the gen 2 docking station to work on their razer blade or did I buy the wrong docking station? I already tried to update drivers to no avail. My wife has a lenovo thinkpad and when she plugs it into the dock it works fine.
     
  2. Miguelon1094

    Miguelon1094 New Member

    I have a dell docking station kind of working but it doesn't charge the laptop and it doesn't really recognize it as a dock and it tries to keep my screen on all the time even if I shut the lid. Pretty annoying. The only thing I can think of is that the power supply for the docking station isn't putting out what the blade is asking for.
     
  3. CorbaTheGeek

    CorbaTheGeek New Member

    I have a Razer Blade 15 (2018) that I've recently connected to the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 docking station. It was ~$210 on Amazon. It will be hard (i.e., impossible) to find a docking station that can charge the RB15 since it requires 200 watts. So this docking station will get you down to 2 cables: the power adapter and the thunderbolt cable. It supports up to 3 external monitors.

    I had to install the TB driver and firmware; turn off the TB port security in the RB15 BIOS and recable the laptop to the docking station and (amazingly) it all worked as advertised. I've heard reports that moving/bumping the TB cable causes a resync of monitors, etc. but I have the cable out of the way and haven't had any resyncs that people talk about.

    The resolutions that are supported depend on the port type HDMI vs DisplayPort, but are 4K compatible. Via the docking station, I have this laptop attached to a IOGear MiniView Dual DVI KVM switch which supports my 3 computers and two ASUS HD monitors. Here are the monitor resolutions supported:

    • One external monitor
    – DP:3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz
    – HDMI:3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz
    – Thunderbolt 3:3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz
    – VGA:1920 x 1200 pixels / 60 Hz
    • Two external monitors simultaneous
    – DP1 and DP2 / HDMI:DP1 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; DP2 / HDMI 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz
    – DP1 and Thunderbolt 3: DP1 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz; Thunderbolt 3 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz
    – DP1 and VGA: DP1 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; VGA 1920 x 1200 pixels / 60 Hz
    – DP2 / HDMI and Thunderbolt 3: DP2 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz; HDMI 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; Thunderbolt 3 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz
    – DP2 / HDMI and VGA: DP2 / HDMI 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; VGA 1920 x 1200 pixels / 60 Hz
    – Thunderbolt 3 and VGA: Thunderbolt 3 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz; VGA 1920 x 1200 pixels / 60 Hz
    • Three external monitors simultaneous
    – DP1, DP2 / HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3: DP1 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; DP2 / HDMI 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; and Thunderbolt 3 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz
    – DP1, DP2 / HDMI, and VGA: DP1 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; DP2 / HDMI 1920 x 1080 pixels / 60 Hz; and VGA 1920 x 1080 pixels / 60 Hz
    – DP2 / HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, and VGA: DP2 / HDMI 3840 x 2160 pixels / 30 Hz; Thunderbolt 3 3840 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz; and VGA 1920 x 1200 pixels / 60 Hz
     
  4. jobocrawe

    jobocrawe New Member


    hi, What TB driver did you install and why ?

    did you have lagging ?
    i have an unpowered usb c dock and i had lan,usb mouse, display all connected, the delay on the screen was unbearable, usb wireless mouse was slow to respond, ethernet downloads were throttled etc.....so i ended up recabling everything and not using my dock. my usb dock (https://www.amazon.sg/docking-station-delivery-corresponding-DST-C01SV/dp/B07143S293).

    i am considering buying what you got....but this lag really bothers me to no end.
     
  5. CorbaTheGeek

    CorbaTheGeek New Member

    The only lag I've noticed is at startup. It takes 5-10 seconds for my two external Asus monitors to turn on after the primary laptop monitor has started. But once the laptop is up and running, I haven't experienced the lag that you're talking about. I tend to run games at their highest resolution and don't see any difference between using the docking station and directly connecting to my peripherals.

    I couldn't find any specs on the Elecom docking station that you referenced. Is it Thunderbolt 3? The TB3 software package I'm running is version 17.3.74.400; the Intel driver version is 17.3.74.8.
     
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  6. CorbaTheGeek

    CorbaTheGeek New Member

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  7. jobocrawe

    jobocrawe New Member

    thanks bro, the elecom is a usb c docking station. https://www.elecom.co.jp/global/download/manual/pdf/20171116_MSC-DST-C01_ver.111_web.pdf
     
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