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# 255920 6-Sep-2019 13:33
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I have a Thinkpad USB 3.0 Pro Dock that connects to a laptop using a USB Type A to Type B cable - similar to what you'd use for a printer. The dock accepts the Type B connector.


Anyway the cable is thick and unwieldy (doesnt bend) so I purchased a Type-C to Type B cable to replace it. Similar to this one;


However with this cable plugged in I dont get any action on the laptop ie it does not recognise the dock. Theres no chime or anything, just nothing.


I was under the assumption that this should work since Type-C and USB 3 (Type A) are technically the same when it comes to comms.


The link to the product above suggests the same as well.


Am I just out of luck here or is there a slim chance the cable is defective?


Edit: Also tried the cable with my Dell monitor which has a USB hub that connects via USB Type B and same deal, no action.

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  # 2311753 6-Sep-2019 13:57
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According to the Displaylink website I can use a C-A adaptor, so I guess I'll track on of them down.




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