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USB to HDMI External Dual or Multi Monitor Video Adapter with Audio

Connect an HDMI® enabled display through USB for an extended desktop multi-monitor solution

Product ID: USB2HDMI

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  • Quick and easy installation
  • Supports resolutions up to 1920x1080
  • USB-powered - No external power adapter required

The USB2HDMI USB to HDMI® External Video Adapter (Dual or Multi Monitor with Audio) turns an available USB 2.0 port into an HDMI output, with high resolution video support (up to 1920x1080) and audio.

The USB HDMI adapter can be used to mirror your primary desktop, showing the same image on each display, or to extend your desktop to double your workspace and increase your productivity. This external graphics card is a cost-saving multi-monitor or dual display solution, for either laptop or desktop applications, offering the ability to connect an additional HDMI (or DVI) enabled display to your computer setup without the hassle of opening the computer case to install a new video card.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Add a secondary display adapter and extend your desktop display without taking apart your computer to install a new video card
  • Connect multiple monitors to a single computer, to create engaging multimedia presentations
  • Use the adapter to connect your PC to your television for showing family pictures and movies
  • Great for researchers and writers offering the ability to have reference material on one display and a working document copy on the other
  • Increase productivity by running multiple applications on different screens, check your email on one display and search the web on the other
  • View large or multiple spreadsheets across multiple displays
  • A compact, lightweight solution for traveling business associates using laptop PCs, enabling connection to a secondary display/projector

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • USB to HDMI® conversion delivers high-quality video and audio through a single HDMI cable, from device to display
  • Compact, USB-powered adapter provides the easiest way to add an HDMI output for connecting a secondary or additional display to your PC
  • WHQL certified drivers offer a smooth and hassle-free install on Windows systems – Installs automatically when an Internet connection is present

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030841719

Compatibility

  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
Windows® 2000/ XP(32bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit) / 8(32/64bit) *, Aero 3D interface supported
macOS Big Sur (11.0) / X Mountain Lion (10.8) / Lion (10.7) / Snow Leopard (10.6) / Leopard (10.5) / Tiger (10.4)

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector A USB Mini-B (5 pin)
1 - Connector B HDMI (19 pin)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature 0°C to 80°C (32°F to 176°F)
Humidity 10~90%
Hardware AV Input USB 2.0
AV Output HDMI
Audio Yes
USB Pass-Through No
Memory 16MB
Chipset ID DisplayLink - DL-165
Packaging Information Package Length 22.9 cm [9.0 in]
Package Width 15.3 cm [6.0 in]
Package Height 63 mm [2.5 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 400 g [14.1 oz]
Performance Maximum Digital Resolutions 1920x1080
Supported Resolutions Widescreen (16/32 bit):
1920x1080, 1680x1050, 1440x900, 1440x480, 1280x800, 1280x720

Standard (16/32 bit):
1600x1200, 1400x1050, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1152x864, 1024x768, 800x600, 720x480, 640x480
Wide Screen Supported Yes
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 10.9 cm [4.3 in]
Product Width 52 mm [2.0 in]
Product Height 19 mm [0.7 in]
Weight of Product 300 g [10.6 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000/ XP(32bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit) / 8(32/64bit) *, Aero 3D interface supported
macOS Big Sur (11.0) / X Mountain Lion (10.8) / Lion (10.7) / Snow Leopard (10.6) / Leopard (10.5) / Tiger (10.4)
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements System Processor: 1.2GHz
System Memory: 512MB
Note This USB video adapter uses a DisplayLink® family chipset. If you’re connecting this device to a computer along with additional USB video adapters or docking stations, avoid using devices with different family chipsets, such as Trigger or Fresco Logic®
Connect a maximum of five USB video adapters on a single computer. Support for multiple adapters will vary depending upon your system resources
This USB video adapter is not intended for graphical intensive applications, such as gaming
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB2HDMI
USB A to mini B cable
Driver CD
Installation guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Troubleshooting

If hardware acceleration is enabled on any of your software applications, it can result in poor resource management and limit the performance of your video device. If you experience this problem, you should disable hardware acceleration in the program(s) that were impacted. 

To disable hardware acceleration in common applications and operating systems, complete one of the following series of steps, depending on what software application(s) or operating system that you are running.

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge:

 

  1. Click the Options icon (it has three dots on it).
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click System.
  4. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.

Internet Explorer 9 and later

Note: Earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not use hardware acceleration.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet.
  4. Click Internet Options.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Browse to the Accelerated graphics screen.
  7. Select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Restart your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Press the Alt key.
  3. Click Tools and Options.
  4. Click the Advanced icon.
  5. Click the General tab.
  6. Under Browsing, clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Restart your web browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Options icon (it has three horizontal lines on it).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  6. Restart your web browser.

Microsoft Office 2013 / 2010

  1. Open any program in Microsoft Office (for example, Microsoft Word).
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Under Display, select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.
  6. Close and restart all of the Microsoft Office programs that you had open.

Windows 10 / 8

  1. Press the Windows key +X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a high-contrast theme.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a non-Aero theme. Ideally, you should select a basic and high-contrast theme.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Click the Settings tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Click the Troubleshooting tab.
  7. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None.
  8. Restart your computer.

If the display connected through your USB display adapter does not wake up after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.

Windows 8 / 10

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB display adapter after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

While the purpose of our USB Video Adapters are to add an additional video output to your laptop or desktop computer, these adapters still require some resources from your internal video card. On a small number of video cards, adding a USB Video Adapter can exceed the limit of available resources, causing one of the connected displays to turn off.

As a possible workaround for this issue, we recommend using a more powerful USB Video Adapter that has a higher amount of integrated RAM, such as our USB32VGAPRO (512MB), USB32DVIPRO (512MB), or USB32HDDVII (1GB).

Touchscreen Monitors

A mixture of touchscreen and non-touchscreen displays can cause a conflict with your internal video card. Because of this limitation, touchscreen functions may be disabled when the USB Video Adapter is connected, or the USB Video Adapter may not work at all. Contact the manufacturer of your system to confirm whether your specific model can support a secondary display or not.

All-in-One Computers

Many all-in-one computer systems limit the number of possible monitors to one. This is a limitation in how all-in-one computers are typically manufactured, so adding an external display may not be possible regardless of which USB video adapter is used. Contact the manufacturer of your system to confirm whether your specific model can support a secondary display or not.

When you use remote desktop software to access a computer with a USB video adapter, keep the following things in mind:

  • Not all remote desktop software supports multiple monitors.
  • Not all remote desktop software supports monitors that use USB video adapters.
  • If the primary monitor is a monitor that uses a USB video adapter, you might run into problems.  If you do, try to continue to log in as the display might come back once you log in.

In order for your mouse to move properly between your monitors you must rearrange your monitors in Windows to match the physical location of your monitors on your desk. To do so, complete the following based on your operating system:

Windows 10 and Windows  8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Display.
  3. Click the Settings tab, which will display your monitors as numbered icons.
  4. Click Identify to display the numbers on each connected monitor, showing how the operating system has assigned their positions.
  5. Click and drag the monitor icons to best match your physical setup.
  6. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

To mirror the image from your primary monitor instead of extending your desktop, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/Windows_Mirroring_Monitors

If Display pointer trails or Enhance pointer precision is enabled in your mouse settings, it can cause visibility issues with your mouse pointer on the display attached to the USB video adapter.

To resolve the issue, you can disable Display pointer trails and Enhance pointer precision, by following the steps below:

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, hold down the Windows Key and press X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Mouse located under Devices and Printers.
  5. Click the Pointer Options tab.
  6. Remove the check box from the Display pointer trails box.
  7. Remove the check from the Enhance pointer precision box.
  8. Click the Apply button.


Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Mouse located under Devices and Printers.
  5. Click the Pointer Options tab.
  6. Remove the check from the Display pointer trails box.
  7. Remove the check from the Enhance pointer precision box.
  8. Click the Apply button.


Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel

Note: If your control panel is set to category view select Switch to Classic View

  1. Click Mouse.
  2. Click the Pointer Options tab.
  3. Under visibility, remove the check box from Display pointer trails.

If this has not resolved your issue, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/usb-video-adapters-hardware-acceleration.

How To

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows Key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column.
  4. Expand the drop-down menu next to “Multiple displays” and select Duplicate these Displays.
  5. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, then click Display.
  3. Click the Resolution or Adjust Resolution option from the left column.
  4. Expand the drop-down menu next to “Multiple displays” and select Duplicate these Displays.
  5. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Display.
  3. Click the Settings tab.
  4. Un-check the box beside Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.
  5. Click OK to apply the changes and close the window.

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  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
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