Egpu keeps freezing macbook pro 13"
I finally got an egpu (razer core x + nvidia card) and it sounded like it should be plug and play with a 13" 2019 macbook pro (since only igpu). I have a monitor connected to the hdmi port on the graphics card, then the egpu plugged into the port closest to the laptop hinge. I let windows finish starting, then connect the egpu. It seems to recognize something at first, but then the internal screen goes blue and nothing on the external display and nothing seems to respond. What am I doing wrong compared to other guides online?
@heidi_anderson, The best approach is to not let Windows automatically install drivers for you. Download and run DDU to remove Nvidia drivers and disable "windows auto detect and drivers install" in DDU Options. Once the system restart, hot-plug the Nvidia eGPU then download the latest graphics drivers from Nvidia website and install it manually.
@itsage, how would I tell if it installed any drivers? From what I can see, every time I plug in the egpu everything locks up with a blue color screen (no text/error) and external display shows nothing. I thought DDU was only for amd/dedicated graphics stuff.
I had the same problem on my 2017 Macbook with the latest W10 builds. No idea why, when others didn't, my way round it was sticking to an older build (as per my guides).
Although a different, the symptoms are the same, so may be worth a go...
@heidi_anderson, Even if the auto drivers install was interrupted by Windows BSOD, there are likely port mapping when the eGPU was connected. When you run DDU, the software remove those traces so that you can start fresh.
@eightarmedpet Have you tried automate-eGPU EFI boot loader recently? I'm using it on my 2017 13-in MacBook Pro on a daily basis and it has worked very well (RX 580 eGPU). It's currently running that latest version of Win10 1909 and I leave the eGPU connected all the time without any issues switching back and forth between macOS and Windows.
@itsage, should I have the external display connected to the macbook or gpu to start with? I’m assuming it didn’t work through the gpu because drivers weren’t installed correctly. Also, should I hot plug the egpu after windows loads or during start up? I’ve read conflicting answers on when to turn it on. I’ve read about bootcamp drivers but it only seems to apply to amd.
@heidi_anderson, Don't connect anything to the Mac until you complete drivers removal through DDU, restart, then hot-plug the Nvidia eGPU. External monitor should be directly connected to the eGPU outputs. Download and install drivers from Nvidia website.
@itsage, This time I tried connecting the egpu right as windows was starting and didn't crash this time, but it also doesn't appear in device manager. What drivers should I uninstall with DDU? Using Windows 10.0.18363 build 18363 if that helps any.
@itsage thats awesome to see/hear. I never had any luck with the latest version of Windows, I'd have constant blue screen and crashes when plugging in TB3 peripherals. I did move from rEFInd to EFI Bootloader after my recent instal, but I'm using the original release of the bootloader as one of the early ones had issues with my set up, for some reason... (I think it was the auto instal release).
@heidi_anderson, Nvidia is way easier to set up than AMD in W10, do not go AMD if you are struggling with Nvidia.
@cnon297 as itsage older versions of Windows are your friend right now, I'm on 1809 and perfectly happy with it (newer versions failed for me) and I use the EFI Bootloader to get round error 12 (you will need to disable file vault, secure boot and enable allow booting from external media).
@eightarmedpet, ok hopefully I can find a way to get nvidia working. I've downgraded to 1903 (18632.628) and still no luck at all, crashes every time I plug it in while windows is running or prevents booting at startup (also disabled intel graphics in case that was an issue). Just a random thought, but does it matter that it is Windows Education edition?
@heidi_anderson, not sure about edu version, try an even earlier version of windows, 1809, thats my go to...
@eightarmedpet, ok thanks, I'll try that. How do you force windows to go back that far? I could only uninstall updates to 1903 since I had only installed bootcamp a few months ago.
@eightarmedpet, fresh windows re-install?
yep. nuke partition and start again.
@Eightarmedpet, Thanks! I’m downloading 1903 V1 per @itsage but will download 1809 afterwards just in case. I see there are 3 builds of the Win10 1809 ISO. Which version are you using? And can you elaborate a bit on the FileVault issue (this is my 1st T2 chip Mac)?