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nojinoo1231
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Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, I'm kinda new here and can't see anyplace else to ask this.

Now, I successfully installed my eGPU in the MacOS(10.13.6), but the problem starts with the Windows 10.

I know that initially I have to hotplug the eGPU in the Windows loading phase, when the circle dots start spinning around.
Yes it worked, installed all relevant GeForce drivers, and got it up and running.

Now, whenever I try to reboot or cold boot my Macbook Pro WITH the eGPU plugged in, in crashes showing the wiggling screen.
Another thing is that my USB hub should not be plugged in as well to actually boot Windows.
Plugging the eGPU pr my USB hub after the causes the same problem.

So for now, here's what I do:
1. Shut down
2. Unplug ALL peripherals, including the eGPU.
3. Boot up
4. Plug the peripherals and the eGPU when I see the circle dots spinning.
5. Works fine.

Nothing else works besides this method.
I see that some people used apple_os_set.efi kinda thing, will this solve the problem?
If so, what is this and what steps(links to the explanation will be great) should I take to solve this?

In the MacOS, it doesn't actually matter whether I plug the eGPU while booting, or after the booting.
I want my Windows 10 to work like this as well, or at least be able to leave be eGPU plugged every moment.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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itsage
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Can you provide the specs of your Mac and eGPU setup? From reading the booting procedure I'm guessing you have a Thunderbolt 13" MacBook Pro with Nvidia eGPU. If that's the case, you can use either apple_set_os.efi on an external USB drive or rEFInd with spoof_os_version enabled. This will allow you to keep the eGPU plugged in all the time.

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nojinoo1231
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That's correct.
My Macbook is the '17 Macbook Pro 13" with:
CPU: Intel i5-7360U
iGPU: Intel Iris 640
RAM: 8GB

The eGPU is the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box with GTX 1070.

All I did in Windows was:
1. Install Bootcamp drivers
2. Hotplugged eGPU while dots spinning
3. Install Nvidia driver

Great thanks for the link information; will try this!!!!

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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nojinoo1231
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@itsage
Thanks I have done the apple_set_os.efi on an external USB drive method.
The Thing is: I use an external SSD, and I see 2 "EFI Boot" modes.
(BTW, this is how I installed the Windows 10 in my eSSD)
Like this

Macintosh HD       /       EFI Boot       /       EFI Boot

I searched how to change the names so I can properly classify which one I need, but seems it's impossible.
Do you happen to know any workaround for this one?
I can't use the rEFInd/spoofOS method cause I have to use all 4 TB3 ports.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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toshinori
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Posted by: @nojinoo1231

I want my Windows 10 to work like this as well, or at least be able to leave be eGPU plugged every moment.

Sorry to bring up an old thread.

Is there a dummies guide to doing this?

I'm in a similar boat, where before I boot up my MBP, I unplug everything, boot up into Win10, then plug everything back in, being:

 

TB3 Top Left - Razer Core X, with 2070 Super

TB3 Bottom Left - Anker USB C Hub with KB, Mouse, and USB Wireless Headset

TB3 Top Right - Orico SSD Enclosure

 

I'm just worried that plugging in and out my devices will surely degrade the port, connectors and pins over time...

 

I'd prefer a cleaner solution if there is one.

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5300M) (9th,6C,H) + RTX 2070 Super @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 2004


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