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AJ Scarcella
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@goalque

Going to upgrade to Catalina today on my nMP and give this a whirl. Thank you!

 

Edit: It worked! In the process, I also learned that booting up the eGPU in a fully clean Catalina boot (i.e. no automate) does some interesting things - MacOS briefly shows the eGPU icon and then crashes and reboots. But regardless, automate seems to be working fine!

Mac Pro 2013
OWC Mercury Helios FX
Radeon RX 580 8GB


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nu_ninja
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Just confirming what's already been said above. The latest fix works great with my usual AMD RX 560, however when I tried to use an nvidia GT 710 it doesn't work and gets stuck in a weird boot loop.

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.15+Win10 + Linux Mint 19.1

 
2012 13" MacBook Pro [3rd,2C,M] + RX 460 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.14.4 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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Posted by: @goalque

Here's the quick fix.

https://egpu.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/automate-eGPU.efi_.zip

Replace the old automate-eGPU.efi and add a new key-value pair into config.plist (under Boot dict):

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where the string value is your "Macintosh HD" UUID:

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Worked fine with HD 7970 but GTX 780 did not provide eGPU screen output.

Daft question alert!

So... my first boot using my old EFI usb worked just fine (Windows, Vega 56) but from past experience I knew that was too good to be true and subsequent boots have failed (due to firmware upgrade from 10.15).

I want to give the above a go but dont even know where to start. 

What app do I need to edit the .efi file? iHex doesn't work neither does text edit (long shot I know).

I worked out that "diskutil info "Macintosh HD" | grep "Volume UUID" is a terminal command and found out my Volume ID.

But.. I'm wondering - how does this fix effect windows booting on a drive with 10.15? Is this just for macOS currently? I'm guessing as you mention apple_set_os issue this fix is for macOS only as it's apple_set_os that gets W10 past error 12 for me. 

 

Just tested the apple_set_os file linked up thread (replaced within EFI bootloader) and I got into windows with a functioning eGPU BUT... at the expense of my igpu (showed error 43) and I couldn't get my Ultrafine to display a picture (it was detected but remained blank).

 

Not sure where this leaves me, I had nightmares with 1903 and above, @itsage do you have your 2017 13inch working atm? You mentioned upgrading and hot plugging once loaded?

 

Edit: Just tried my rEFInd instal again, even though all reports said it would have the same issue (unless I mis read/mis assumed) and all in fine. Thank bloody god. Having a few detection issues with the Ultrafine still but I dont think thats eGPU related.

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2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  


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mac_editor
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@eightarmedpet

The fix is only for booting into macOS Catalina via automate-eGPU EFI. Windows still boots fine via EFI. Catalina firmware update has affected apple_set_os.efi on some Macs, which is a separate issue. 

Author: kryptonitepurge-wranglertbt-flashpurge-nvdaset-eGPU
Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance

Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Eightarmedpet
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@mac_editor cheers for the clarification, thought I was getting mixed up.... although rEFInd just booted 3 for 3 for me so not sure how/why (as it uses apple_set_os too).

So it goes!

2017 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
GTX1060 + AKiTiO Thunder3 + Win10
GTX1070 + Sonnet Breakaway Box + Win10
GTX1070 + Razer Core V1 + Win10
Vega 56 + Razer Core V1 + macOS + Win10
Vega 56 + Mantiz Venus + macOS + W10

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LG 5K Ultrafine flickering issue fix

 
2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 580 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Lite) + Win10 20H2 [build link]  


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mac_editor
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@eightarmedpet

“Some Macs” - 2016 15” MBP also works still. 

Author: kryptonitepurge-wranglertbt-flashpurge-nvdaset-eGPU
Insights Into macOS Video Editing Performance

Master Threads:
2014 15-inch MacBook Pro 750M
2018 15-inch MacBook Pro

 
2019 13" MacBook Pro [8th,4C,U] + RX Vega 64 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.14.6 & Win10 [build link]  


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Reinhard1004
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Posted by: @reinhard1004

A question about automate-eGPU EFI and using it in MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G8030).
It has always worked for me as a standard setup as described in this thread. Since recent updates though (about 1-2 weeks ago) I can't get the eGPU running anymore under MacOS.

Here's the procedure.

1. I boot with eGPU disconnected, from the stick. In MacOS i then only have the internal GPU running, which looks good.

Screen Shot 2019 09 13 at 11.45.13

2. The i connect the eGPU (same as above still) and re-login. After the re-login I'm usually running on the GTX 1080ti and the external screen. But now everything stays internal with dGPU activated even.

Screen Shot 2019 09 13 at 11.46.44

What's running wrong here? Any tips how I can fix this quickly?
In Windows it still works fine, btw; even without eGPU EFI stick boot up.

PS: also just ran this and it says the latest nVidia drivers are installed.

For whatever reason it works again now.

So will stick to High Sierra with that current setup. Smile

Late 2016 15" MBP w/ Radeon Pro 460, 2m CalDigit TB3 cable, Mantiz Venus eGPU case, NVidia GTX 1080ti.


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Stefan Warecka
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Hey guys i just got myself a mid 2012 Macbook Pro 15 for a video on my channel (www.youtube.com/techmagnet) on how good old macs are in 2019 with catalina.

Unfortunately I'm running into big problems with the Razer Core X and a 1070 using the apple thunderbolt 2/3 converter . I used automate EGPU on a usb drive and it boots windows fine. Strange is that when i connect the egpu before booting it shows up as 3rd gpu listed under GPUS in the boot manager, but not listed as EGPU. Thats super weird.

In windows there is no additional display adapter, just Error 35 on the XEON Root PCIE port.

Catalina is not booting either, stuck at pressing enter from the bootmanager when choosing mac.

What am I missing ? Is there anything that causes problems on thunderbolt converters, especially the older macs ?

Would love to get this to work for a video, please let me know if you got some hints !

Thanks guys Smile

 

Just ran the purge-wrangler-script and even without the automateegpu boot it gets detected fine , but says no driver available. lets see...

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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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cj_2019
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After starting up in bootcamp using this boot manager, both my external and discrete gpu showed code 43. Since both of them showed up without error 12 I'd assume it fixed it, but do you have any idea what caused the code 43 problem? I'm using a mid-2017 macbook pro with rp560, coupled with a 5700xt egpu. Is it a driver problem? I'm using the latest one from bootcampdrivers

 

Also on the mac system, the eGpu showed as a "display" rather than as an external gpu. The system i am using is 10.14.4

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Devices: Mid-2017 15" Macbook pro with rp560, Sonnet Breakaway Box 550W, Powercolor red dragon Rx 5700 xt


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Josh Girvin
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@goalque

So, I've got a rMBP 2016 13" that I'm attempting to setup Windows under Boot Camp with all of this, to use with my Razer Core X with an RX 480

I can't get the Volume ID however; this laptop uses APFS and has no Macintosh HD disk; which particular volume are we targeting with this one? Running Catalina, obviously.

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2016 13" non-TouchBar MacBook Pro, Razer Core X, AMD RX 480 -- and an error 12 I can't seem to fix


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