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2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [nightwingin_it]  

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nightwingin_it
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eGPU.io has been a massive help in getting my setup running. The keys that helped were scattered throughout several posts so I wanted to share how it all came together for my setup.

Below are the steps I needed to successfully run the eGPU for both running the external display and CUDA.

  1. Install GPU into AKiTiO Node.
  2. Connect External Display to Node Box.
  3. Connect via Thunderbolt3 to Macbook Pro. (Also my experience learning the difference between a USB-C cable and Thunderbolt3 cable, know which one you have). 
  4. The AKiTiO Node was plug and play for me with no firmware update which was nice to see. Though some posted they needed an update before continuing.
  5. Disable SIP.
  6. OS Build Problem: My machine came with build number 16F2073. So the TRUE OS was 10.12.5 (16F2073). This was different from my mid 2016 macbook pro which worked via adapter on the 10.12.5 (16F73) build. The difference in build numbers is only an issue if you are dealing with beta products... such as the NVIDIA Pascal driver for mac. Because of this the driver will fail to install and goalque's awesome script won't work.
    • Solution: As mentioned in this post I needed to change the build number so the driver could be installed. The file to make this change can be found at (/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist). Open it in an editor and change the build number from 16F2073 to 16F73.
  7. Run URL Form of goalque's script. Thanks to this post by goalque you then run his script with the following commands. (Note: If you run the script normally I still found no success getting the driver to run).
  8. The external monitor should now be working after restarting and you should see the video card listed in about this mac.
  9. After downloading Xcode getting CUDA to find the video card took only an update to the following version and all worked well.
  10. Running device query yields the following result. 

Thank you so much to everyone from this awesome site to provide the information to get this setup working!

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [build link]  

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Yan
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Hi. I have the same issue with 2017 MacbookPro. Can you please explain exactly how to run the script? I used this one on older mac cd ~/Desktop && curl -o automate-eGPU.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/goalque/automate-eGPU/master/automate-eGPU.sh && chmod +x automate-eGPU.sh && sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh

But I don't know where to place sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh -url   https://images.nvidia.com/mac/pkg/378/WebDriver-378.05.05.15f01.pkg

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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nightwingin_it
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Sure, I used the following which is very similar to what you have to get the script on my desktop.

cd ~/Desktop; git clone https://github.com.goalque/automate-eGPU.git; chmod +x ~/Desktop/automate-eGPU.sh

Then I ran the script according to the post by goalque that is referenced in the guide above. (Note: that I am running the below code from the desktop).

sudo ./automate-eGPU.sh -url   https://images.nvidia.com/mac/pkg/378/WebDriver-378.05.05.15f01.pkg

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [build link]  

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Thanks for the reply. Not working for me unfortunately. I changed the OS version as you said and installed the script successfully with url command, but after restart I get a message that the default OSX driver is being used because nvidia driver is not compatible with current os. 

I have a Mantiz Venus + 1080ti and 15 inch 2017 Macbook. 

Do you think a fresh install of MacOS will get rid of that 16F2073 version or is it something that sticks with hardware model also?...I hate Nvidia for those stupid beta drivers. 

Thank you!

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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nightwingin_it
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Ah, yes, that is the main thing that I needed to overcome. I have included a screenshot here for further explanation.

Try navigating to the file that is in the implementation guide for the build version. Then change the text that I have highlighted in this screenshot from 16F2073 to 16F73.

No need to do a fresh install. This is what fixed the issue for me.

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [build link]  

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geoheil
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I edited the build number and have some partial success. At least the Nvidia recognizes that **something** from Nvidia is present. However, as you see on the screenshots I do not see the 1080 TI. Do you have some suggestions?

MacBook Pro 3
ber diesen Mac

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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Cant get it to work either with 2017 MacBook Pro 15". I have changed the build version in /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist, the drivers can be installed but I get a message after reboot saying the drivers are not compatible. 

Has somebody any thoughts on that?

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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nightwingin_it
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@geoheil,

I got the NVIDIA chip model status as well in between one of the steps. Here are some things that I did that resolved that.

1. Run the goalque script in the URL mode to get the correct NVIDIA driver for your card, or update/reinstall the driver you have currently.

2. It doesn't look like you have an external display attached to the card. I would recommend trying that as well as that seemed to make a difference for mine being found.

The good news is that you're on your way to getting the NVIDA part to play nice so you're past the first hurdle of it being recognized in that OS build.

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [build link]  

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nightwingin_it
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@slsmaster,

After the drivers are installed, and before the restart, are you able to confirm the 1080ti card is being found in the "about this mac" system information?

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [build link]  

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Posted by: geoheil

I edited the build number and have some partial success. At least the Nvidia recognizes that **something** from Nvidia is present. However, as you see on the screenshots I do not see the 1080 TI. Do you have some suggestions?

MacBook Pro 3
ber diesen Mac

I tried starting up the machine without the external monitor plugged in to the GPU and was able to recreate the screen you saw with only the NVIDIA Chip Model being shown.

I then shutdown the machine, plugged the screen back in and started it up and the GPU was shown no problems.

Hopefully that helps.

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.12.5 [build link]  

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