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Icannot load the driver for Targus acp50us. i am running Windows 7


Do you have the 32-bit version of Windows 7 or the 64-bit version? To identify your version, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System. On the line that gives the OS version, if you see x64, then you have the 64-bit OS. If you do not see these extra characters, then you have the 32-bit version.

I suspect you have the x64 version of Windows 7. Targus does not have drivers for Windows 7 x64 for the ACP50US. Targus only supports the ACP45 and the ACP51 docks under the 64-bit OS.

If you have the 32-bit version of Windows 7, download the driver from http://www.targus.com/us/download.aspx?regionid=&sku=acp50us&PageName=&productCategoryId= . This is the Vista (and XP) driver. You may need to use the compatibility mode to get it to work. Right click on the executable file and choose Properties. In the Compatibility tab, choose "Run this program in the compatibility mode". Select Vista or XP in the drop down menu. Then right click on the installer again and choose Run as Administrator.

I hope this helps and I wish that I had better news for you.

Cindy Wells

Aug 18, 2011 | Targus ACP50US Docking Station

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Updated laptop to windows 7....need updated software for targus acp50


The Targus ACP50US Docking Station does not seem to have an updated driver for Windows 7. You can attempt to install the docking station using the driver found at this link but that may not work as it is only meant to be used for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. I'm sorry but if that driver does not work, the docking station will not work until there is a new driver for Windows 7.

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May 27, 2011 | Targus ACP50US Docking Station

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Not able to get an IP from the network when connecting thru the Targus docking station model ( APC51US) i am on windows 7. note that i am using the same cable adn it work fine when i connect it to the...


In order to use the ethernet card on your Docking Station ( or Port Replicator), you must first disable any internal Ethernet cards.

To do this:
  1. Type "Network Connections" in the Start Menu seach box, and press enter.
  2. Right click on your computer's internal ethernet adapter (i.e. "Local Area Connection" & select "Disable"
Ref: Targus Support

Apr 19, 2011 | Targus Port Replicator, Docking Station,...

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When I install the driver and the computer restarts I get a blue screen that tells me a fatal error has occured and windows will not start normally. The only way to get past this screen is to restart in...


When you install the drivers, are you installing them while the laptop is conected to the docking station? If so, try installing with docking first. Then after installation, shut down your computer. Dock the comptuer, then start the computer back up. If you get a blue screen, go into your bios and make sure that your USB setting is set to High Speed.

Please make sure that the docking station is plugged into your notebook before booting up, there is an issue that all expresscard docks share with plugging the docking station in while the notebook is powered on.
If there is a switch located on the Expresscard
On-Pre-boot support
Off-Post-boot support (Default)
This switch is used to determine how the dock is recognized in the
system at boot up stage. Certain notebooks will detect the dock and not
work properly during a pre-boot mode (ie. trying to boot up on the
external VGA device, not the internal VGA of the Notebook). This was
observed in notebooks (Fujitsu, some Sony and Toshiba models) that
use a BIOS developed by Phoenix Technologies. If you experience
such issue, please turn the switch from the default "OFF" position to
"ON". You will only need to set it once.

Jul 23, 2009 | Targus ACP50US Docking Station

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Not working VGA function while using targus docking station


I had the same problem, but was able to just update the driver.

Go to Start --> My Computer --> Right Click --> Manage --> Device Manager --> You should see something with a USB and a question mark. Right click it and say update the driver. Then, it should, update the driver and you will get those unsuitable/not windows approved popups again. I just ignored them and went with it.

Note: I installed the Targus driver information from their website prior to doing the driver update (http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=ACP50US).

Hope that helps....Chris

Apr 17, 2009 | Targus ACP50US Docking Station

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