Gigabyte Aorus gaming box was working perfectly for a week, now, no go...  


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September 16, 2017 11:05 pm  

Anyone seen this before?

I plugged a Gigabyte Aorus 1070 gaming box into my 2014 Mac mini using the the TB3 to TB2 adapter. Followed the instructions on this website to install on Mac OS X and Windows 10. Both platforms worked PERFECTLY 100% of the time for a week. Played games maxed at 2K resolutions without any surprises. Cold boots, reboots, everything was perfect.

This morning I went to turn on my computer and dead to the world. I have hot-plugged a dozen times and was able to get it to kick on one time, but that was it.

Using the 5100 output I can connect a second monitor, bypassing the eGPU and neither OS X or Windows sees it plugged in any longer. Trying the automate-gpu script tells me the thunderbolt connection isn't even detected.

What the heck is going on?

Any thoughts?

Thanks everyone, this community has been so important to eGPU development.  

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September 17, 2017 1:23 am  

It sounds like you may need to do a power reset. Here's a procedure I've learnt to bring it back to life:

  • Leave the thunderbolt cable connected between the enclosure and your Mac.
  • Unplug the power cable from the rear of the AORUS Gaming Box.
  • Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before reconnecting the power cable.

If all goes well the AORUS Gaming Box should start working normally again.

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September 17, 2017 10:58 am  

I second that. Had the same issue once.


I simply disconnected everything, TB3 and Power included. Went for a walk, then when I came back 20 minutes later plugged everything and it was working. Of special interest is that disconnecting power for only a few-ish seconds (~10sec) is NOT enough for the internals to run out of power and reset. You need to leave it unplugged longer. 10 minutes should be enough.

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January 31, 2018 2:02 am  

I can confirm that unplugging it works too. I tried unplugging mine for 30 minutes but it didn't work. I left it unplugged overnight and then it worked so it really needs some time. Very odd but I'm glad I found this solution.

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September 18, 2018 4:27 pm  

For me (when my unit was working :P), the easiest way to know when the unit is fully drained is to plug a 5 volts fans in one of the USB ports.

When disconnecting the unit the fan will still blow for a couple of seconds.

When the fan stops I know the power cycle is done, I restart and everything works (again, that was before, now my GPU fan does not spin and my gpu is not recognized)

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October 9, 2018 5:17 am  

Hopefully the fuse on the GPU did not blow. Seems to be a common issue. The fuse blows on this model card. It's the tiny white fuse near the pcie connector on the back-side of the card with a "10" printed on it.  It can be solder bridged. OR, take advantage of the warranty 😉 

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October 9, 2018 10:03 pm  

@steve500 thanks for the help and tip. I checked with a multi-meter and the resistance is 0 across the fuse, which tells me it's not blown (unfortunately) 😛