PinePhone Pro working on Lapdock using Arch Plasma
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Just wanted to  add some information  for those that are looking to  delve into the  phone lapdock  realm.   As many have asked about  does it work for PinePhone Pro.  and had many mixed reports of  usb-c docks  work and not work and Nexdock and Uperfect lapdock owners asking does it work and seeing it mostly not work  etc...  

the following is the current state i have working....  noting that things are fluid with rolling distro's so  it may break for a while in the future.... but usually it only gets better....

I am using the DanctNix  arch plasma for pinephone pro  then updated to the latest... 
data from  information panel on plasma:

Operating System: Arch Linux ARM
KDE Plasma Version: 5.24.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.94.0
Qt Version: 5.15.4
Kernel Version: 5.17.6-1-danctnix
OS-Type: 64
Processor: 4 × ARM Cortex-A53, 2 × ARM Cortex-A72
Memory: 3.8 GiB


for the lapdock i am using the Uperfect X lapdock  its practically the nexdock 360 minus one usbc port. the cables that came with the lapdock are from ugreen.

and the biggest thing is that cable orientation matters....  so once i  got the cables at each end in an orientation that worked. i added a simple dab of nail polish.  as to reduce future setup frustrations...

I also tried a Satechi brand short cable and it worked as well but only when the satechi logo is facing "out/towards the user"...

also i found that if things were not looking right after plugging in the cables  pressing the power button quickly to lock the phone, then entering back in via the login screen  usually fixed things....   for the most part i did not have to play with screen display settings just let plasma work it out..

like all things on the pinephone pro  its beta... 

I will update this post with images soon   also  this setup works even when the Pine Keyboard is attached to the PPP...   but power drain is still a thing so until charging works better   it appears  even if plugged int  still drains down ever slowly 10-20% per hour whilst using it.....

regarding the  default image that comes with the  PPP  as it is Manjaro KDE...   even in its  most up to date form as in a good old pacman -Syu ...   using the default package stream etc...  it  does not work  for me in  this  phone lapdock setup.....    thats not to say  that if you switch to testing repo  or even get a different beta image from the manjaro forums  that it might work.....  im just  not into that....  i think the whole walled garden thing of manjaro at least in regards to pinephone pro simply slows down and over complicates  the   what works on PPP during its very beta existence.....   as for Phosh i have had no luck with it so far in relation to Lapdock setup...  though i remain hopefull as i would like to use both to see the merits of both via my setup....

before playing with other distro's  id advise to get a working setup as a base line so when you delve into other Os's  then you at least know that your setup works... even though that is easier said then done.....  Idea


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PinePhone Pro working on Lapdock using Arch Plasma - by hockleyj - 05-23-2022, 05:42 PM

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