Macbook Troubleshooting


Initial Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Make sure your laptop is turned on and open 
  2. If possible, update your computer to the latest software
  3. Update DisplayLink by uninstalling the current version and installing the Mac Catalina Beta 2 download
  4. Reset Displaylink by switching between the mirror and extend display mode
  5. Plug the SideTrak directly into all ports on your computer (USB-A and/or USB-C) and wait 2.5 minutes after each port 
  6. Try the SideTrak on another computer (preferably a computer with a different operating system) 
  7. Test the SideTrak with a different USB-C or USB-A cord if you have an extra 


Screen is Still Flickering, Frozen, or Won’t Turn On

If you are still experiencing connectivity issues, we recommend completing the following system preference updates.

System Preference Updates


Some Macs have stricter security policies that requires a few extra DisplayLink installation step. Follow these steps to connect to your SideTrak! 

Note: Be sure that you have installed DisplayLink within the past 30 minutes. If this is not the case, you will need to uninstall and reinstall the software. 

Open your security settings (Settings Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General)

SideTrak Mac troubleshooting

Unlock and authenticate security changes if your device requires it.

SideTrak portable monitor Mac troubleshooting

Find "System software developer DisplayLink Corp was blocked from loading" and click "Allow"

SideTrak monitor for laptop Mac troubleshooting

If you don’t see an option to “Allow”, click into the Privacy tab, then Acccessibility, and check the box next to DisplayLinkUserAgent. 

Mac Compatibility Troubleshooting

Your screen will not actually be recorded by Displaylink, approving this just allows DisplayLink to extend and mirror the pixels to the SideTrak monitor. 

Restart your computer and plug in your SideTrak! 


Screen on Macbook Will Not Extend

  1. Install the latest 4.3.1 from the DisplayLink download page.
  2. You might need to enable video functionality - see more information here.
  3. Restart your computer and login.
  4. Make sure that “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available” is checked in Display preferences.
  5. Accept the DisplayLinkUserAgent accessibility dialogue box which opens System Preferences -> Security&Privacy -> Privacy -> Accessibility. For help with this, or if this dialog does not appear, see this article.
  6. Allow DisplayLinkUserAgent application to control your computer.
  7. Connect your DisplayLink enabled device.
  8. You should now see the Airplay icon in your systems tray.
  9. Click "Use as Separate Display" to switch to extended desktop mode.