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benslocum
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I have El Capitan 10.11.6 installed. Is there an older version of the script that you've successfully used with my OS and computer combo?

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benslocum
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So good news... I tried letting the computer start booting, and then connect the thunderbolt cable as soon as I saw the white apple.  It finished booting up!  I then connected the displayport cable from the GTX980 Ti to my external monitor, and I got the display on!  So I guess I just have to do it that way every time?  I'll try this method a few more times (wait for the apple then plug in the TB cable) and then I'll try rebooting without disconnecting first.  Here's what I'm seeing now on the System Info.

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johnshea
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Sorry I didn't see this thread until now - yes, I had this exact same issue with my late-2013 rMBP15 with 750m, and the "delayed start" fix worked for me (after a year of experimenting lol). Boot the laptop with the eGPU disconnected, wait until POST/apple symbol, then connect the thunderbolt cable. We should sticky this thread for future builders who are working with a 750m MBP.

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benslocum
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Somehow it's reassuring to know that someone out there had the same issue and found the same solution. Smile The first time I had everything up and running the computer disconnected two USB drives that I had attached through a hub (then had the audacity to tell me to eject them properly next time!)  I'm hoping that's an isolated incident, but wanted to check with the community if there's a history a thunderbolt eGPU computer having trouble with connections on other interfaces. (USB, other thunderbolt devices, etc. )

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mac_editor
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For macs with dGPUs, run the ./automate-eGPU.sh with -a. This eliminates the need for delayed plugin. Booting into Bootcamp resets this, however, and the command needs to be run again to fix the POST issue.

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benslocum
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thanks! That worked nicely. No more watching for the Apple to flip on the power or plug in the cable for me!

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Thank you for this thread. It was very useful to get me going. I am using the High Sierra (OS 10.13) on my 13 inch early 2015 Macbook Air, with the Akito Node eGPU ( https://www.amazon.com/Akitio-NODE-T3IA-AKTU-Node-Thunderbolt3-eGPU/dp/B06XKKSNTS). The graphics card I am using is the Nvidia Titan XP

I have followed all the steps as listed above by Enjoy and benslocum, and have replaced the last command with a ./automate-eGPU.sh with -a

The drivers download and my mac restarts (with the thunderbolt connected). But once it turns on, it does not seem to be recognizing the GPU as when I click on "About this Mac" it still shows Intel as the Graphics card. 

Is there a part that I might be missing, or anything else that needs to be done?

Thank you

 

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mac_editor
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Posted by: viv

Thank you for this thread. It was very useful to get me going. I am using the High Sierra (OS 10.13) on my 13 inch early 2015 Macbook Air, with the Akito Node eGPU ( https://www.amazon.com/Akitio-NODE-T3IA-AKTU-Node-Thunderbolt3-eGPU/dp/B06XKKSNTS). The graphics card I am using is the Nvidia Titan XP

I have followed all the steps as listed above by Enjoy and benslocum, and have replaced the last command with a ./automate-eGPU.sh with -a

The drivers download and my mac restarts (with the thunderbolt connected). But once it turns on, it does not seem to be recognizing the GPU as when I click on "About this Mac" it still shows Intel as the Graphics card. 

Is there a part that I might be missing, or anything else that needs to be done?

Thank you

 

High Sierra does not support NVIDIA external graphics (though MVC/Rominator has discovered a workaround that has not been detailed to the world - yet). Also, don't use automate-eGPU.sh on 10.13 or later. It is meant for < 10.12.6 only.

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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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viv
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Thank you, one more question. After installation using the above script on a Macbook pro (<10.12.6), how are you able to know if the GPU is, in fact, being used by the mac as the graphics "card"? Is there a terminal command, or another way to make sure that the GPU is being utilized?

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