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OlaB
 OlaB
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Hi. Using this wonderful forum I have gotten my eGPU to work with my macmini 2018+ASUS XG station PRO+AMD RX 5700XT in both windows 10 and macOS (Big sur and catalina)

High in spirit I thought I'd bring my laptop (macbook air mid 2013) to the hotel with the eGPU when working away from home to spend my evenings gaming instead of watching netflix.

I followed basically the same install procedure with bootcamp as I had on the mini (pci.sys replacement was all that was needed for me for win10, macOS was just p&p)

First I realised I needed to go out and buy a TB3 to TB2 converter for $60, and then a cable for $40. Oh well, it's worth it when staying away for so long at times I guess. Back at the hotel in MacOS (10.15.7 atm) I happily plugged in the GPU, it whirled up its fans, I see the eGPU logo in the menu bar then I'm happy for about 2 more seconds until BAM macbook powers off and starts again. Giving me a message saying something like "something happened to your computer to force it to reboot, press any key to continue" in several different languages. And it will just constantly reboot until I power off the eGPU again.

In windows it won't even detect, and if I cold plug and boot windows, it instantly turns black after the blue windows logo.

So now I'm at a loss. I tried following the purewrangler instructions, and after pressing 1 to set up egpu and powering it up, I see a line recognising it as 5700XT and then a few seconds later BAM again. Rebooted.

Is this a power issue? Is my macbook air unable to handle the load of the egpu somehow? Or is this software related? i.e. drivers/firmware, resource management or whatever? I know it's not a faulty gfx since it runt *brilliantly* on the mini. Is there something I'm missing? Like turning off the internal display, connecting another display to the HDMI of the gfx (I only have a TV in that case) or anything else? Or should I give up?

Atm I'm installing big sur latest beta, but it doesn't *feel* like a software issue, but that's all I have atm. Any other ideas/knowledge bombs y'all can drop on me?

Thanks for an amazing forum, this site is a gem! EGPUs are not for the impatient or the faint of heart!

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itsage
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@olab, You said plug and play which I is not the case with older Macs without Thunderbolt 3. Boot Camp mode may need an EFI boot loader such as automated-eGPU to keep the Intel iGPU activated.

 

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Posted by: @olab

So now I'm at a loss. I tried following the purewrangler instructions, and after pressing 1 to set up egpu and powering it up, I see a line recognising it as 5700XT and then a few seconds later BAM again. Rebooted.

Please read the script wiki/guide carefully - clearly mentions what to do.

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OlaB
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Posted by: @itsage

@olab, You said plug and play which I is not the case with older Macs without Thunderbolt 3. Boot Camp mode may need an EFI boot loader such as automated-eGPU to keep the Intel iGPU activated.

 

Hi, I meant it was p&p in MacOS with my mac mini 2018 (same egpu), so that was my experience going into this. I will look more in-depth about the boot loader, thanks.

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So now I'm at a loss. I tried following the purewrangler instructions, and after pressing 1 to set up egpu and powering it up, I see a line recognising it as 5700XT and then a few seconds later BAM again. Rebooted.

Please read the script wiki/guide carefully - clearly mentions what to do.

@mac_editor , I believe I followed the guide for wrangler as I saw it, but got busted when I turned on the eGPU. Will look again to see if I missed something, thanks.

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OlaB
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Posted by: @mac_editor
Posted by: @olab

So now I'm at a loss. I tried following the purewrangler instructions, and after pressing 1 to set up egpu and powering it up, I see a line recognising it as 5700XT and then a few seconds later BAM again. Rebooted.

Please read the script wiki/guide carefully - clearly mentions what to do.

Hi again, after reading the FAQ I found the ESC key when told to plug in my eGPU. :d Now it works like a charm in macOS Catalina 10.15.7 on my macbook air mid 2013 (TB1) with radeon RX 5700 XT and Asus XG station pro! \o/

Now, to boot into windows, I need the EFI-boot (correct?) which I have yet to get to work with this version of catalina. I'll keep looking into that. Thank y'all so much! 🙂

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@olab, You said plug and play which I is not the case with older Macs without Thunderbolt 3. Boot Camp mode may need an EFI boot loader such as automated-eGPU to keep the Intel iGPU activated.

@itsage now it’s working in windows as well through the automate-egpu efi loader.. almost! My touchpad and laptop keyboard are not working in windows. If I connect an external mouse it works (don’t have a keyboard with me to test) is this another known issue which I have failed to find a perfectly described solution to? 🙄 thanks!

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OlaB
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And one final update here. Using the atuomate-egpu efi loader I could login to windows, but as I said without a functioning laptop keyboard or touchpad. So I logged in without egpu, disabled windows login screen, rebooted with efi into windows with egpu active, used external mouse to install latest AMD drivers. Rebooted without EFI to BOOTCAMP partition. What usually happens then is the laptop screen goes black at windows logo and did so now as well. But since I had the correct drivers for the gfx now, a few seconds later the image popped up on the hotel TV connected to the eGPU with HDMI. Now I'm up and running with everything in WIN 10 and in Catalina, performing really well in games.

I'm super happy now! I can live with this setup and I'm very grateful that there are people like you two doing all this for us. Thank you!

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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