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Tadgh78
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Hi all! I’m new to this forum.

I wonder if someone can help me. Here is my use-case, I have a 2011 Mac Mini “server edition” with 2.0 ghz quad-core and Intel 3000 built in graphics.

I want to add multi-monitor support. I’d like to have 4 monitors. Only one of them needs to be 4K. The rest can be 1080p. 

I don’t need to do much video editing except maybe very occasionally with some holiday videos or something. And I never play computer games. But I would like to able to watch 4K video on one of the monitors. 

I want to do as low-budget and hopefully as straightforward a build as possible. A thunderbolt 2 enclosure and an RX560 would probably be fine. 

I was looking at a Sonnet breakaway puck RX560 but the manufacturer says they don’t work with my Mac. Is there a way around this?

Otherwise, does anyone have ideas on what hardware I need to get 4 monitors running with this Mac?

Thanks,

Tadgh

 

 

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itsage
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@tadgh78, Once you run Purge-Wrangler script, your 2011 Mac mini would be unblocked from using a Thunderbolt eGPU. Aside from the Sonnet Breakaway Puck RX 560, you'd also need the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter. The four monitor outputs from the Puck 560 can power 4x 4K monitors.

 

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Tallerthanmost2003
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I am doing this exact thing. I purchased a sonnet breakaway puck that I have been using successfully with my newer MBP but wondered if I could get it to work with my old Mac mini that was sitting in the garage. I created the bootable flash drive and got it to boot last night but it's not seeing the eGPU, I think the amazon cable that goes from thunderbolt 2 to USB3 doesn't support this so I've ordered the apple adaptor and need to find a thunderbolt cable but I'm hoping it will be up and running tomorrow. 

@itsage, I'm trying to get this to work but I'm stuck. I've run the script from this page "https://github.com/mayankk2308/purge-wrangler/wiki/Beginner's-Guide" but it doesn't recognize the eGPU, when I plug the ePGU in the light does not come on like with my other computers. Any advice?

 

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@tallerthanmost2003, Most likely a hardware issue. You need to provide the information of all components in this setup. Apple Thunderbolt cable and Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter are the only ones I'd recommend.

 

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@itsage, Thanks for the reply, and I have tried a number of things with our success. I first tried a cheap cable but have changed it to the Apple adaptor and Apple thunderbolt cable. I’ve tried it in a MacBook Air as well and it at least turns the light on but when I boot up with the flash drive on either computer it doesn’t recognize the egpu.

 

i have created the boot up drive, updated the muxinteger setting, And boot with the drive And it doesn’t see anything. Am I missing something? Thanks!

 

Mike

 

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