Ableton Live 10 issue w/ NVIDIA eGPU  


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June 6, 2018 11:45 pm  

I'm using a late '13 MBP running 10.13.4 w/ a Razer Core and a 1080 based card. I got everything working, to the extent that it works, with the PurgeWrangler script. I mostly use my eGPU with my Windows machine, but I have a Mac I use for music applications and here is where I'm running into the issue. 

The weird issue I am running into is that when I try to use Ableton Live 10 with this setup, the application windows are empty. For example, the loading splash box, the main application window, and the configuration windows all come up, but they are just empty gray boxes without any graphical or text content, and the actual widgets and controls don't appear at all. My guess is that this has something to do with their implementation of GPU acceleration in the UI or perhaps something to do with the way they handle scaling in the new version of Live. On Windows, I think there are some settings you can change for each program to turn on/off GPU acceleration for each application, but I don't know as much about the Mac. Previously, I had Ableton Live 9 working with the eGPU setup. But I had since re-imaged my computer and had mostly been using it without the GPU. It kind of sucks, since running Ableton Live on a dual 4k monitor rig was my main objective here 🙂

Anyway, I know it's probably an obscure question since the number of people with a TB2 mac, trying to run an unsupported NVIDIA eGPU, and Ableton Live 10 is probably pretty small. I'm really just looking for any insights or suggestions anyone might have. 


MBP, Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013 (Iris Pro & Nvidia GT 750 M)
Razer Core,
1080 based card

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September 27, 2018 4:59 pm  

I have exactly the same problem. Updated to Mojavewhich but unfortunately Nvidia hasn't made webdrivers for the GTX 970 yet, so the Ableton UI turns up with gray application windows. If anyone knows a way to bypass the scaling/graphics accelleration for certain program like Ableton in OSX, I'd love to know as well!

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October 15, 2018 7:56 am  

Are there any updates to the issue? Might be worth getting in contact with Ableton to see if there are any known issues with eGPUs.