Known issues with DisplayLink on OS X 10.9 and 10.10 (Mavericks & Yosemite)

ID: 354 - Updated: Mar 13, 2015 - Category: Troubleshooting


This article details the known issues with DisplayLink displays with OS X 10.9 and OS X 10.10.


The following issues have been found on OS X 10.9 and 10.10 and do not currently have a resolution:

  • Corruption on the border of application windows.
  • Some applications can show corruption and/or missing contents while updating windows contents. Examples are Maps, iBooks and the Dock.
  • All screens black and unusable after unplugging a DisplayLink screen. This is caused by Apple's Window server crashing. This can be recovered by replugging the DisplayLink device.
  • On the Retina Macbook Pro, layout changes involving the built in graphics can log the user out. Again this is caused by Apple's Window server crashing.
  • The Window Server crashes logging out the user during some full screen transitions, for example Show Desktop.
  • Apple menu icon misplaced on DisplayLink screens


Version 2.4b1 and later of the DisplayLink drivers include workarounds for some OS defects and is recommended to all Mavericks and Yosemite users.

DisplayLink uses standard Apple interfaces to integrate into OS X to add additional USB graphics displays and obtain screen updates. Unfortunately there are still issues with these interfaces preventing us from providing a good user experience in all use cases on OS X 10.9 and later.

DisplayLink has raised these bugs to Apple and continues to look for further workarounds to improve the user experience.

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