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Matthew Kwong
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I just want to share my experience with all of you. If some of the experience users would like to add on something, feel free to do so.

 

So I noticed my Windows 10 ocationally crashes like it happened 3 times within this week. I go and check the Reliablity Monitor and notice it was my 3080 eGPU's fault. So I tried to reinstall the driver. This time though, instead of installing the latest driver manually, I chose to let Windows decide which driver to use. As expected, it pulled an outdated driver.

Now here's the weird part, I know the driver is outdated by looking at Nvidia's driver website. But Geforce Experience tells me it is the latest. Not sure why, but I will stick to this old version and see whether it fixes the crashes.

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@matthew_kwong, I typically run DDU to disable the auto-dectect and driver installation of Windows 10. During manual installation of the drivers, I opt out of GeForce Experience too. If your eGPU setup continues to crash randomly, check the PCI Express Link power state in Windows 10 Energy settings.

 

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Matthew Kwong
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@itsage, after a search on the web, some people suggest setting the power management mode in the Nvidia Control Panel to Maximum Performance. Let see what will happen.

 

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Posted by: @matthew_kwong

@itsage, after a search on the web, some people suggest setting the power management mode in the Nvidia Control Panel to Maximum Performance. Let see what will happen.

 

This fixed system freeze issues I was experiencing with my razer blade stealth 13, but I think it was primarily due to driver issues between the nvidia dgpu and nvidia egpu.

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Matthew Kwong
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Posted by: @ningauble77
Posted by: @matthew_kwong

@itsage, after a search on the web, some people suggest setting the power management mode in the Nvidia Control Panel to Maximum Performance. Let see what will happen.

 

This fixed system freeze issues I was experiencing with my razer blade stealth 13, but I think it was primarily due to driver issues between the nvidia dgpu and nvidia egpu.

I think it works well for me as well. So far so good at least. It also fixes the issue where my webcam (which is connected to the eGPU USB port) instability issue.

 

BTW @itsage, shell we make an "official" guide on how to set up an eGPU, especially when the laptop has a dGPU, which there are a few extra steps required.

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eGPU newbie
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3080 Gaming Box


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itsage
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@matthew_kwong, So far the user-submitted Build Guides is our best way to assist people with setting up an eGPU for the first time. We have a Boot Camp eGPU setup guide article for Macs because they tend to be more involved. I agree with you laptops with a dGPU can cause more headache than they should.

 

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Jett Hayden
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For me, this problem was solved by reverting to the Nvidia driver 331.38 by doing the following

(Ubuntu 14.04 x64)

Uninstall the Nvidia driver:

Ctrl-Alt-F1

sudo service lightdm stop

sudo sh NVIDIA * .run --uninstall

Delete all Noveau files (blacklisted) located in /etc/modprobe.d

restart sudo

Software and updates, Advanced drivers, nvidia 331.38 by nvidia-331-updates

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I see. The old driver does solve the problem. But since I also use graphics intensive tasks, I need to use the newer one. I'll just have to wait for the Compiz patch to come out. Thanks for the reply!
In the meantime, you can use the patched version of compiz provided by Christopher Townsend's PPA:

https://launchpad.net/~townsend/+archive/ubuntu/compiz-nvidia-refresh-test

Simply add the PPA and update the compiz package and you should be able to use the latest nvidia drivers. Note that any compiz updates from Canonical should be delayed if you wish to keep the PPA version in place.

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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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