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Mike
 Mike
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I am using the venus with High Sierra Beta 2.  I had to trick the nvidia web driver install package to install on High Sierra as it was made for Sierra 10.12

I got it installed but it defaults to the OSX default graphics driver and web driver is greyed out sighting that it is not compatible with this OS.

Is there anything I can do to force the OS to use the webdriver?  Or is there some other solution that doesn't involve downgrading the OS although I am seriously considering it at this point.

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itsage
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There's more to it than having drivers for the graphics card. Atm, 10.13 only identifies and supports GPUs with PCI ID 67DF for external graphics. Unfortunately we will have to wait for Apple to support more cards or for Nvidia to come up with its own solution.

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Mike
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Essentially in need to go back to sierra then until that happens?

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ikir
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Or switch to Radeon Smile it is impossible to work with Pascal anyway, I had like 6 freeze with FinalCut yesterday.


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TCVinNYC
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@Mike
How did you trick it to install?

Does it work/is it better after installing?

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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geoheil
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@Mike: actually,  https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/no-drivers-found-for-os-x-10-12-5/#post-14343 I see the same problem on a 2017 Mac book pro that the web driver is not compatible with this specific build of OS X 10.12.5

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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Mike
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@TCVinNYC - You have to open the install package and edit the distribution file.  In it you will find the OS build version it's looking for.  I replaced it with the High Sierra Beta 2 build version and was able to install the web drivers on high Sierra.

This technique should work for @geoheil as well  if you replace with your build version.

But, as itsage accurately pointed out, high sierra is looking for a specific PCI device ID (ie the Rx5** series) and therefore will not allow my pascal card to work.  I looked into spoofing my pascal card's device ID but I think if I did get that to work, the OS would apply the RX drivers and it wouldn't work anyway.

I downgraded to Sierra and used automate GPU script to get the card working.

2019 15" MBP i9 32GB - Catalina 10.15.4
Asus XG Station Pro e-GPU
Gigabyte 5700 XT
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nelga
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Posted by: Mike

@TCVinNYC - You have to open the install package and edit the distribution file.  In it you will find the OS build version it's looking for.  I replaced it with the High Sierra Beta 2 build version and was able to install the web drivers on high Sierra.

This technique should work for @geoheil as well  if you replace with your build version.

But, as itsage accurately pointed out, high sierra is looking for a specific PCI device ID (ie the Rx5** series) and therefore will not allow my pascal card to work.  I looked into spoofing my pascal card's device ID but I think if I did get that to work, the OS would apply the RX drivers and it wouldn't work anyway.

I downgraded to Sierra and used automate GPU script to get the card working.

Hey Mike, I've got a similar issue. The 10.12.5 drivers work on the 2016 MBP, but not the 2017 MBP (even if both are running Mac OSX 10.12.5). Do you know if it's possible to spoof something to make this combo work?  

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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Mike
 Mike
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Drivers won't work or won't install?

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geoheil
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I thought that automate-ogpu.sh script already edited the build number. At least it was able to modify the installer which did not even want to install in the first place.

 

However, I believe this is not enough, i.e. after a reboot I only see that the driver is still incompatible.

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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