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DANgerous25
(@danfalconar)
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I've also made a donation, really appreciate your great work. Without it, my workstation would be working based on 3 year old hardware specs. Now it's like a relatively new machine!

(+ looking forward to the upcoming fixes to iron out all of the kinks ;-))

2017 27" iMac Pro (Vega64) [7th,10C,W] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.13.2 [build link]  

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Rycco
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Just did as well 😀

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP555) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.12.6 & Win10 [build link]  

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Rastafabi
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Thank you very much, both of you! 

@DANgerous25 I might have found a way to fix the iMacs 5k resolution issue. It's not for sure yet, nor can I currently continue testing (for obvious reasons) - also it remains to be seen in which way High Sierra affects this.

Creator of the update-redundant macOS 10.12 eGPU enabler package for NVIDIA

AKiTiO Thunder 2 PCIe Expansion Box
NVIDIA GTX 750Ti
MacBook Pro 9.2 ••• until being stolen.
Thanks to the community for helping getting me going again.


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hypernurd
(@hypernurd)
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Hi Rastafabi,

Firstly great work on helping all us peeps on the forum. Stirling effort (sorry, colloquial english phrase!).

Secondly, really sorry to hear about the loss of your MacBook. I am a UK based Apple Reseller and would love to help you out. PM me if your interested in a 'special price'. Not sure how this would work for you but the offer is open to help you continue your work.

I've had great help and support from @theITsage and @Nando4 on getting my MacBook Pro Mid-2015 retina working with Goalque's script. However, I've not had any luck with it tonight on another of my machines - a 2013 MacPro. I have an MSI (NVidia) 1080ti installed in a TB3 Mantiz Venus enclosure. Goalque's script installs but I'm not getting any joy with the monitors - they don't see an input signal (I am running three 28" 4k Iiyama's - one from the HDMI port on the MacPro, the other two from the eGPU).

So, I uninstalled automate-eGPU and tried your solution. Same issue it would appear except that I don't even get an image on the HDMI connected display when the eGPU is attached (via Port 3/5 or 6 on the MacPro). I also get issues with the wireless keyboard and trackpad not being recognised (odd but I thought I'd mention it. The Mantiz does have USB so perhaps this is interfering in some way). 

Anyway, I am running Sierra 10.12.6, have disabled SIP and the latest Nvidia drivers (#25 version) are installed (courtesy if the automate-eGPU script). I believe I should be seeing a display output on the DisplayPort attached monitors but the OS is not recognising their availability in the Displays Sys Pref pane so do you have any ideas as to what could be occurring? (I appreciate you've not tested on a MacPro). 

Any help gratefully received and I will make a donation tonight regardless.

Best wishes,

Hypernurd

Donation made. Good luck!

2017 15" MacBook Pro (RP560) [7th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Mantiz Venus) + macOS 10.12.6 & Win10 [build link]  

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frederikfloor
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Hey, Rastafabi! Thanks for your effort on this app! Donated a few days ago, but I'm not allowed to send a DM on this forum 😅

I'm running two 1080 Ti's on an iMac 5k (Akitio Node TB3) and an external display from one of the eGPUs through HDMI. Pretty unstable setup that crashes daily, but at least I can use Redshift as my 3D renderer which saves me a lot of time.

Any idea on what I can do to improve stability? The Mac crashes most often when using After Effects. Sometimes the display connected through my eGPU goes black until a restart, and sometimes the Mac shuts down completely.

 

Thanks!

Frederik

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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DANgerous25
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Posted by: Rastafabi

Thank you very much, both of you! 

@DANgerous25 I might have found a way to fix the iMacs 5k resolution issue. It's not for sure yet, nor can I currently continue testing (for obvious reasons) - also it remains to be seen in which way High Sierra affects this.

Oooh! <edge of seat>

2017 27" iMac Pro (Vega64) [7th,10C,W] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.13.2 [build link]  

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Sgt. Adrael
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@rastafabi do you have any suggestions for a Mac Mini (Mid 2011 with Readeon 6630m) to get an eGPU working?

I installed everthing with no issues - but when I reboot my Mac it gets stuck at the Apple Loading screen and reboots over and over again.

The display connected to the eGPU stays black. 🙁

I read that your script doesent support my Mac Mini Model, but out there are many Mac that running a eGPU with a dGPU.

- Mac Mini Mid 2012 (16GB RAM, 2x 512GB SSD, Intel HD 4000)
- Akitio Node Thunderbold 3 + GTX 960 4GB Gaming
- 2x HP 27es Monitor


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Panoptical
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Hi @Rastafabi, @DANgerous25,

I've been working onthe same set up as DANgerous25, (imac 2014 5k, dell 27", Akitio node) all was working normally, and great rendering times, with a few crashes once in a while. However, things have started getting weird, with frequent freezing. I am running 10.12.6. and have updated Nvidia to latest drivers. Have uninstalled and reinstalled both egpu enabler and nvidea drivers . My screens freezes even if i am doing mundane things such as looking at images in folders with the Finder preview, or writing emails. My primary use for the eGPU is rendering, but i often dont even have modeling software open when it Freezes. I have stuck with using the Dell 27" as primary screen, as i suspected having mail open on the imac screen and photoshop (or other graphic software) on the Dell was causing the freezing, still its now freezing 4 to 5 times a day. Can either of you recommend steps to problem solve this?

@DANgerous25 are pretty much crash free? 

best r 

2016 macbook pro touch bar & 2014 imac 5k | GTX1080Ti in AKiTiO Node | Dell P2415Q display


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DANgerous25
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Hey Rastafabi and friends, I have some feedback and news that may be of interest to the Late 2014 iMac 5K crew:

It seems that at around the same time, Panoptical and me started seeing strange graphical glitches and crashing (see this thread). Very strange how we both reported at the same kind of time, as neither of us seem to be aware of any software/driver updates in recent times. Like Panoptical, it got to the point where my system wasn't very usable. My system for example has been very stable for months until now. So I set about trying to fix it.

Short story: I fixed it by uninstalling eGPU Enabler and the nVidia Drivers, enabling FileVault Encryption (which may have nothing to do with the fix), and re-installing eGPU Enabler and nVidia Drivers. Boom, almost perfect again. Scratch that, it's one step better than almost perfect due to FileVault encryption. 

Long story: Here's what I did and my observations (so Rastafabi, not sure if these are problems on my system, or things to think about for your next build):

  1. Uninstalled eGPU Enabler using Rastafabi's uninstaller.
  2. Uninstalled the nVidia drivers using the nVidia driver app.
  3. Did all the various reboots as required.
  4. Observation: Once everything uninstalled my iMac 5K screen resolution was again back to factory, i.e. I could get 5K again. Happy days, no system restore required.
  5. Enabled FileVault encryption (because this is rumoured to prevent one of the issues with using eGPU Enabler on the iMac 5k, which would ordinarily require sleep/wake to enable both screens in a dual-screen setup).
  6. Re-installed eGPU Enabler. I got one error message (see screenshot below), although this didn't appear to cause any problems and the install completed once I dismissed the error.
  7. Re-installed nVidia driver and rebooted.
  8. This time on startup my login screen is on my iMac screen and not on the external monitor (due to FileVault), so the startup sequence feels natural. The external monitor remains blank at this point until I log in.
  9. When I log in, both screens come to life immediately without me having to do anything.
  10. The system then appears to sleep/wake (or at least go black momentarily). This was necessary when not using FileVault, however I don't think it was necessary in this case. (@Rastafabi, I'd be happy to test a version of your app that doesn't do the sleep/wake, if it works without it then perhaps your installer could detect/ask FileVault and disable the sleep/wake if not required?).
  11. Hey presto! Everything is great. The only remaining niggle, as always, is that the max resolution on the iMac screen is 3840 x 2160) and that it doesn't appear to be quite as sharp/retina as with the stock setup. 
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^ (error when re-installing eGPU Enabler on my system, although the error seems to have no adverse effects)

When I get some spare time I will update my Late 2014 iMac 5K guide with the findings above.

2017 27" iMac Pro (Vega64) [7th,10C,W] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node) + macOS 10.13.2 [build link]  

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sometimesnever
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First off I just wanted to thank Rastafabi and DANgerous25 for all their thought and effort on this, especially the specifics around Retina iMacs.

 I stumbled on Rastafabi's script and DAN's guide right after finding out the hard way that goalque's script doesn't support Retina iMacs.

 After a quick time machine restore I followed the steps in DAN's guide and was able to get my late 2014 iMac 5K to work perfectly with a new GTX 1080 Ti / Akitio Node setup, with no crashing or issues.

I'm only using it for VFX/3D/VR stuff, so I was stoked to find out that I could uncheck external display support during installation and basically have the mac feel completely stable and normal.

You wouldn't even know it was running, until you do something that would normally tax the M295X.

Thanks again guys!

Now to save up $ for an Octane licence... 

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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