Hey first post here! But Jay’s latest video (USB Type C Docking Stations - Getting Started Primer - YouTube) made me want to ask a few questions and vent my frustration.
I currently use the Lenovo Thinkpad 2 Extreme Gen 2 with (currently) debian 11. The current dock that I am using is the Lenovo DUD9011D1 (ThinkPad Hybrid USB-C with USB-A Dock - Overview and Service Parts - Lenovo Support CA) and, to say it nicely, it sucks. It is the reason why I went from Pop OS → Arch → Ubuntu → Debian. After a while, every distribution just breaks with it and I do not know why. Long story short, when plugging in the USB-C, the only thing that works is the usb hub. No ethernet and no displays (using DisplayLink kill me). Everything only works (besides charging) when plugging into the USB 3.0 port on the laptop. And I’ll be honest, I really enjoy having the ability to charge my laptop with the dock. So this is an on going frustration.
Jay mentioned his dock which I took a look at (and for some reason Thunderbolt isn’t explicitly stated which concerns me but I trust Jay). I am also looking at this dock (40AN0135US - can’t put another link cuz new user). Any thoughts on these?
I also want to ask if anyone has been having issues with thunderbolt docks when disabling Nvidia graphics (I use bumblebee). I disable them because I enjoy the extended, cooler and quitter laptop and because I really don’t need it. But I am wondering if my displays will work - (long story short, the hdmi output on the laptop goes directly through the NVIDIA gpu which stops it from working. And because I used display link on my other dock. I don’t know if disabling the dedicated Nvidia GPU will prevent from a display signal being sent to the display). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!