[Sticky] [SCRIPT] Enable AMD & NVIDIA eGPUs on TB1/2/3 Macs on macOS 10.13.4+  

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goalque
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July 10, 2018 5:38 pm  

@dotcommer Thanks. Your Dell U2715H monitor is driven by the iGPU (Iris Graphics 550). As if the monitor is connected to one of your TB3 ports of the MBP. Please disconnect all TB3 adapters, and attach the monitor directly to the eGPU.

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July 10, 2018 5:59 pm  

Hi @mac_editor

I try to setup in Macbook Pro 13" 2017 Touch Bar Edition, Aikito Node Pro, Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti, MacOS High Sierra 10.3.5

NVIDIA Web Driver installed. NVIDIA Patch enabled. But macOS seem not detect 1080 Ti, i only got "NVIDIA Chip Model" VRAM 256 MB when i check at System Report > Hardware > Graphics/Displays

Please help. What should i do?

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dotcommer
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July 10, 2018 6:14 pm  

@mac_editor

  1. Reassemble your eGPU. Let's start from here. Check if everything is in order.
    • Everything's plugged in and powers on when I plug it in (which is what mantiz venus eGPU enclosures do, they don't actually turn on until you plug in the USBC cable)
  2. Clear all script installations, etc. Maybe just install macOS on top as well.
    • I uninstalled the egpu.sh script from fr34k's script.  I also double checked the extensions folder.  No sign of any enableegpu kexts or NVIDIA drivers.  Clean.
  3. Keep SIP disabled completely at all times, even after running the script.
    • Fully disabled (although in the past I've been able to work with csrutil enabled without kext)
  4. Once everything is clean, plug in the eGPU and disconnect it and ensure there are no kernel panics, etc. - you may see the eGPU disconnected notification, which is normal even on a clean install.
    • Logged in, plugged in eGPU (without any monitors attached), eGPU turned on.  Disconnected eGPU, no warnings, eGPU turns off.
  5. Once system is verified clean, run purge-wrangler and install everything as needed.
    • Installation was normal.  No issues.
  6. Shut down system and boot with the eGPU plugged in to your mac, as well as connected to an external display. A cold-plug boot.
    • Shut down system and then rebooted with the eGPU already plugged into laptop with one monitor plugged into the eGPU.  The monitor was identified, but only showed a black screen and the mouse.
  7. If the above doesn't work - boot normally, and test hot-plug.
    • I restarted without the eGPU connected.  Once I logged in, I hot-plugged the eGPU with monitor attached.  The monitor flickered, and was identified, but remained black.  The mouse also does not show, but it definitely travels off screen from my laptop to the external monitor.  I just can't see the mouse.
  8. If it still doesn't work, boot without any display connected to the eGPU. Can the eGPU be used for compute (Geekbench, etc.)?
  9. If it can be used for compute, hot-plug the display (HDMI, Displayport, or connector of your choice) to the eGPU and see what happens.
    • Geekbench wouldn't use the GPU for compute, however hot-plugging the monitor (via display port) caused the monitor to turn on, and I could see a black screen and my mouse.  Disconnecting the eGPU will cause a KP (as expected).

13" mbp w/touch bar - OSX 10.13.5 - NVIDIA GTX1080 - Mantiz Venus eGPU


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dotcommer
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July 10, 2018 6:21 pm  

@goalque , @mac_editor

Here are updated screenshots after following the steps outlined by mac_editor for your reference:

13" mbp w/touch bar - OSX 10.13.5 - NVIDIA GTX1080 - Mantiz Venus eGPU


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mac_editor
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July 10, 2018 6:26 pm  

@dotcommer eGPU not showing up for compute is odd. Please verify with a different system if the (e)GPU is functional.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
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Multiple Build Guides


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motof
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July 10, 2018 10:38 pm  

MBP 2017 15" + Mantiz Venus + EVGA 1080 TI. All worked great. Thanks a lot!

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theitsage
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July 11, 2018 1:57 am  

Purge-wrangler remains working beautifully in 10.13.6 [17G65]. I tried with 2013 Mac Pro trash can and 2016 15" MacBook Pro this evening. For Macs with a discrete AMD card, there's no video output through dGPU. Otherwise all is working well.

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July 11, 2018 2:48 am  
Posted by: Rezha Rochadi

Hi @mac_editor

I try to setup in Macbook Pro 13" 2017 Touch Bar Edition, Aikito Node Pro, Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti, MacOS High Sierra 10.3.5

NVIDIA Web Driver installed. NVIDIA Patch enabled. But macOS seem not detect 1080 Ti, i only got "NVIDIA Chip Model" VRAM 256 MB when i check at System Report > Hardware > Graphics/Displays

Please help. What should i do?

@mac_editor

would you mind help me for this?

Regards

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dotcommer
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July 11, 2018 7:10 am  
Posted by: mac_editor

@dotcommer eGPU not showing up for compute is odd. Please verify with a different system if the (e)GPU is functional.

I mean, I think it is, if I can get my mouse to show up on the external monitor.  I don't really have another system to try out on.

13" mbp w/touch bar - OSX 10.13.5 - NVIDIA GTX1080 - Mantiz Venus eGPU


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July 11, 2018 9:07 am  

@dotcommer eGPU must show up for compute before anything else. Does Activity Monitor > GPU History show anything?

@rezha_rochadi Please post a screenshot of System Information.. > Graphics/Displays. Looks like NVIDIA drivers were not loaded. Please read the troubleshooting guide in my signature.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
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Multiple Build Guides


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July 11, 2018 12:21 pm  
Posted by: theitsage

For Macs with a discrete AMD card, there's no video output through dGPU. Otherwise all is working well.

Does that mean I won't be able to use my iMac's inbuilt display? I need to use a monitor plugged into the eGPU??

iMac 5K 2017 w/ Radeon Pro 580 • macOS 10.13.6 • OWC Helios FX • Zotac GTX1080Ti Mini


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July 11, 2018 12:39 pm  

Pleased to report that this works perfectly with my MBP 2017, MacOS 10.13.6, and a nVidia 1080 Ti.

Thanks to all involved. Now onto the iMac Pro and see what happens there.

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mmomega
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July 11, 2018 4:13 pm  

slightly off-topic

This issue happened to me last beta update with Mojave.

2013 Mac Pro 6c D500
Sonnet BB

with a fresh install of Mojave - eGPU is detected by the system. Meaning it shows up under hardware and thunderbolt as the BB being connected.

After update from DevPreview 2 to devpreview 3, the system would not even show the egpu/BB connected at all. As if it was not connected. 
But
connecting the Thunderbolt cable to the eGPU you hear the power supply in the egpu turn on, so the system, in a way does understand that they were connected to each other, but then under hardware- nothing is shown.

Reboots, shut downs, connect reboot, disconenct reboot, nothing makes the eGPU show under Hardware.

A clean install of DevPreview 3 on the system and connect the eGPU and hardware is seen.

The reason I bring this up is, last night Apple pushed a build change to DP3, updated the system and now no hardware is being seen again.

On my MacBook this is not an issue, on previous updates nor this one. Only the Mac Pro seems to be having this problem.

Just trying to figure this one out and if anyone else with a similar setup is having a problem to better be able to troubleshoot.
Worst case I will fresh install again, which then I have no doubt the Mac Pro will then identify the Breakaway Box as being connected.
I am jsut curious what is preventing the hardware from identifying itself only after a system update. Not the script running, not the egpu functioning, just that the system does not identify hardware being conencted.

2013 Mac Pro 6c D500 + Sonnet BB350 + Vega64 LC
2016 tbMacBook Pro + Sonnet BB350 + Vega64 LC


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mac_editor
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July 11, 2018 4:17 pm  

@mmomega Even though the enclosure turns on, do you see eGPU + Thunderbolt kext activity in Console when hot-plugging? The latter might be present, but nothing might be happening with the eGPU drivers (AMD kexts) - assuming patch is applied. Seems like an odd case to occur only after an OS update.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
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Multiple Build Guides


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mmomega
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July 11, 2018 4:25 pm  
Posted by: mac_editor

@mmomega Even though the enclosure turns on, do you see eGPU + Thunderbolt kext activity in Console when hot-plugging? The latter might be present, but nothing might be happening with the eGPU drivers (AMD kexts) - assuming patch is applied. Seems like an odd case to occur only after an OS update.

I am not seeing any activity being reported in console.
I've never checked this before but nothing stands out to me at the moment about showing anything related to thunderbolt/kexts/anything while hotplugging.

I am going to try a few more things and then do a fresh install and then pay attention in console upon first connection of the egpu to see what "should" happen under normal circumstances.

2013 Mac Pro 6c D500 + Sonnet BB350 + Vega64 LC
2016 tbMacBook Pro + Sonnet BB350 + Vega64 LC


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zizome
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July 11, 2018 5:07 pm  

Thank you so much it works amazing on my side.
But I have to start the Mac first then I connect my E-GPU

Problem is when I remove the cable the system restarting, also I can't start the Mac with the cable connect
I get a small dots on my Mac screen.
Do you have any salutations? 

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July 12, 2018 1:03 am  

Hi, thanks for the script. Is there a way to successfully use a T82 enclosure with the purge-wrangler script? So far I made it work only temporarily when I run this script first and then the T82 unblocking part (only) from the F34k script (--unlockT82 --forceNewest --beta --forceReinstall). Doing that way it all works fine but when I reboot I have to unblock the TB3 ports again. I cannot use F34k's all-in-one script for the Nvidia patching because I'm running 10.13.6 so I tried to use the to two scripts for different tasks. Does the purge-wrangler have an option to enable TB3 ports for T82 enclosures? Thanks 

UPDATE: Doing the method above it now actually works without having to run the T82 enabler every time. Still, I think it's not ideal running two scripts as I believe they may mess up the system. It would be great if the purge-wrangler could take care of the TI82 issue as well.

MacOS 10.13.6, MBP 15 late 2016 w Touchbar, Aktio Thunder 3, Nvidia GTX, latest web drivers, latest CUDA

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mac_editor
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July 12, 2018 9:37 am  

@mzo You could also use the original tb3-enabler (khaosT) or the kext it links to - though it will have to be built. The patch would be easy to incorporate in purge-wrangler - but I may leave that for a future release.

 

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purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
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guischmo
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July 13, 2018 6:34 am  

So I'm a bit of a noob here and always hesitated to try this script, but now that the New Apple Blackmagic eGPU (RP580) is out, I'm really interested in buying it.

I have a macbook air 11  2015,  so if I understand the topic correctly, with the script I will be relatively easy to make it work with this egpu in a plug-and-play fashion ?

And also if I understand correctly my graphics performances will be greatly enhanced compared to the integrated intel graphics, but since it's not TB3, they won't be as good as with a new mac ?

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July 13, 2018 9:04 am  
Posted by: mac_editor

@rezha_rochadi Please post a screenshot of System Information.. > Graphics/Displays. Looks like NVIDIA drivers were not loaded. Please read the troubleshooting guide in my signature.

@mac_editor please check the screenshot below. Still not succeed with MacBook Pro 13" 2017 Touch Bar, Gygabyte GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB, MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 & Akitio Node Pro enclosure.

Please help! What should i do?

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DoanNguyen
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July 13, 2018 3:42 pm  
Posted by: Rezha Rochadi
Posted by: mac_editor

@rezha_rochadi Please post a screenshot of System Information.. > Graphics/Displays. Looks like NVIDIA drivers were not loaded. Please read the troubleshooting guide in my signature.

@mac_editor please check the screenshot below. Still not succeed with MacBook Pro 13" 2017 Touch Bar, Gygabyte GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB, MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 & Akitio Node Pro enclosure.

Please help! What should i do?

Hi man. Everything works fine.

- If u did not install the Nvidia Web Driver -> Install it
- U can try my booting procedure:
1. turn off your computer and unplug the eGPU cable
2. Turn on the computer without plug-in the cable.
3. Quickly plug the cable in after see the apple logo and booting status bar.
The fan of your eGPU start spinning and work.

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July 13, 2018 5:19 pm  
Posted by: DoanNguyen

Hi man. Everything works fine.

- If u did not install the Nvidia Web Driver -> Install it
- U can try my booting procedure:
1. turn off your computer and unplug the eGPU cable
2. Turn on the computer without plug-in the cable.
3. Quickly plug the cable in after see the apple logo and booting status bar.
The fan of your eGPU start spinning and work.

Hi Bro. NVIDIA Web Driver already installed when i setup  purge-wrangler, and it's up to date!

And how about quickly plug the cable in after see the apple logo and booting status bar? I already did that, and that's not helping. I still got "NVIDIA Chip Model" after i recheck System Information.. > Graphics/Displays.

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PsyPryss
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July 13, 2018 8:44 pm  

purge-wrangler 4.1.2 still working on 10.13.6. 

That aside after upgrading to 10.13.6 it seems that the texts are not as sharp as before. Black text has a blueish colour on some letters. Turning off font smoothing helped a bit. On 10.13.5 the texts were sharp.

Mid 2012 15" (Non-Retina) MPB GT650M + RX580 (AKiTio Node via TB3 -> TB2/TB1 Adaptor) macOS 10.13.4/Win10


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dsanchez523
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July 15, 2018 7:22 pm  

Hello, sometimes when I turn off my laptop instead of shutting down it restarts and says my computer crashed.

any ideas?

setup: 
MacBook Pro 2017 13 touch bar
i7 3.5ghz
16gb ram
512ssd
mantiz Venus 
gtx 1080

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July 15, 2018 7:34 pm  

Hi,

   I put off upgrading from 10.11 as long as I could.  I was happy with my Nvidia GTX960 egpu.    Last night I decided to upgrade to High Sierra.
Update went ok. My Macports update is running today.    I uninstalled the patches and nvidia webdriver that I previously installed with automate_egpu.  
I installed and ran purge-wranger.   It ALMOST works ok.   My problem is if I boot with the egpu turned on, I get a black screen.    I have to boot with the
egpu off, log on, and then turn the egpu on.  It appears that since it works with a hotplug then Display Wrangler is not working.
Displaywrangler is used to get the primary display.

Here's my configuration... it's been running like this for just about 1 year.
Akito Thunderbolt 2 with Nvidia GTX 970,     plugged into tb port 6,   primary monitor plugged into the Mac Pro 2013  thunderbolt port 6.   using an AMD D700 for the primary display.  I have a headless terminator plugged into my primary GTX970 video port.
worked fine with 10.11.x   I use my GTX970 mostly for compute.   

Has anyone found a way to patch DisplayWrangler  or another workaround besides booting with the egpu powered off ?

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July 16, 2018 10:51 pm  

10.14 Developer bèta 4 succes! On latest PW

ALLn1
MBP11,4, i7-4980HQ, 256gb SSD, 16gbRAM Mojave (Sonnet Breakaway box 350 + Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8GB)
MacBook7,1 A1342, P8600 120gb SSD 4gbRAM. Mojave (Hiking/Camping)
iMac7,1 A1224, T9500 CPU upgrade 120gb SSD 4gbRAM. HS
Mac mini3,1 P7350, 250gb SSD 8gbRAM. HS (server) iPhone10,3 64gb. iOS12 iPad5,3, 16gb. iOS12 iPod shuffle 2nd gen. 2gb
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raybanner
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July 17, 2018 7:16 pm  

Disabled csrutil. Installed the script on a 13" MBP late 2013 with TB2. Connected the new Blackmagic eGPU with the TB3>TB2 Adapter from Apple. Connected a Dell P2715Q 4k Display through HDMI. 

No reaction. What can I do and how do I check if my eGPU is recognized?

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spidervideo
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July 18, 2018 8:33 pm  

This is working great with my MacBook Pro (Specs below) and Sonnet Egpu breakaway box (Specs below) and am trying to get it to work to run a second display with my imac. I'm not a coder at all and terminal usually terrifies me but this alln1 is excellent. I can get my older imac (with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M card) to see and run the egpu card (using activity monitor) with different patch configurations but I either get a black display or a very off colour one through several outputs. I was trying the purge - nvidia options as well but I'm confused which patch options I should be running.
A few things happen.
1. If on reboot, the egpu is plugged in, it hangs about halfway through the startup.
2. rebooting without the eGPU plugged in, boots up but second display screen colours are way off.

I assume I'm missing something simple. But I'm lost when I comes to this type of configs. Any help is appreciated.

My install steps:
no egpu connected
disable SIP
I run the alln1
click "run both"
run "set egpu"
quit "set egpu"
Other terminal windows
pop-up saying do I have a NVDA dGPU - click Y.
window for purge-wrangler
run "enable AMD eGPUs"
Run "enable legacy AMD..."
Quit window
window for purge-nvda
Run "fix AMD eGPUs"
Quit window
Reboot

Thanks
Craig Moore

Imac
Model Identifier: iMac14,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 3.5 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 8 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version: IM142.0130.B00
SMC Version (system): 2.15f7
 
Sonnet Breakaway 350
with MSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 Armor 8G OC

Laptop (Macbook pro)
(Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
OS 10.13.6 (17G65)
2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Intel Iris 1536 MB

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July 19, 2018 9:03 am  

@spidervideo Purge-NVDA requires an Intel iGPU too - iMacs don't have them. So it likely won't help, though your results are interesting nonetheless. Best bet for iMac would be to not connect AMD eGPU to any monitor, and use set-eGPU to accelerate apps on the iMac display using the eGPU.

@raybanner Read the troubleshooting guide in the How-To section or my signature.

@jerry_normandin The procedure you are currently using is the optimal way to deal with an internal AMD GPU conflicting with external NVIDIA GPU. No fixes for that at this time.

@dsanchez523 People with the Mantiz Venus have sometimes reported oddities like this one. This problem only occurs when eGPU is connected and you shut down right? Maybe try reinstalling everything.

@zizome Please state your configuration in your profile signature. Helps others who wish to help.

@guischmo It should work as expected. But please have an option to return if things go south.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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July 19, 2018 11:27 am  

@spidervideo,

I just updated ALLn1. The question has been changed so it more clear when to use purge-NVDEA.

Best of luck! Hope all works out on your Mac's!

ALLn1
MBP11,4, i7-4980HQ, 256gb SSD, 16gbRAM Mojave (Sonnet Breakaway box 350 + Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 Gaming 8GB)
MacBook7,1 A1342, P8600 120gb SSD 4gbRAM. Mojave (Hiking/Camping)
iMac7,1 A1224, T9500 CPU upgrade 120gb SSD 4gbRAM. HS
Mac mini3,1 P7350, 250gb SSD 8gbRAM. HS (server) iPhone10,3 64gb. iOS12 iPad5,3, 16gb. iOS12 iPod shuffle 2nd gen. 2gb
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July 19, 2018 12:35 pm  

Awesome and thanks! You and @mac_editor are all a massive benefit to TB1/2 mac users 🙂

big thanks.  That's where I was leaning towards. This forum has been fantastic for a non-coder person who still wants to use tools like the egpu in legacy macs.

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July 20, 2018 8:34 pm  

Hello@mac_editor --

Happy to Report I have my late 2012 Mac Mini Running High Sierra 10.13.6 configured running purge-wrangler scripts. I did run in to a couple issues along the way but I think it's because I have never configured an EGPU. 

1. When I first installed the scripts I accidentally selected AMD instead of NVIDIA.
2. When I was looking at the monitor settings I ticked mirroring and both screens went black and I was basically bricked. Fresh OS on the top, ran the scripts again, rebooted and this time the mirroring was still enabled but I was driving off the EGPU. 

I still have one issue to resolve, the GTX1050ti has 4 HDMI ports, I have dual monitors but can only get 1 to display at this time. I'll take it for now!

Mac Mini Specs
Model Name: Mac mini
Model Identifier: Macmini6,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version:MM61.010E.B00

Hardware
Akitio Node - Thunderbolt3 eGPU for Windows (Now Compatible w/ Thunderbolt3 Mac Running MacOS High Sierra Using AMD Cards)
Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Windforce OC 4GB GDDR5 128-bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD)
Apple MMEL2AM/A, Thunderbolt 3 (Usb-C) To 2 Adapter
Apple Thunderbolt Cable, 0.5-Meter (MD862LL/A)

Thank you so much for this devotion and opening the door for gaming on old Mac systems!

Mike - San Diego, CA

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July 20, 2018 8:54 pm  

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

FPS:
39.9
Score:
1005
Min FPS:
7.9
Max FPS:
62.2

System

Platform:
Darwin 17.7.0 x86_64
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz (2294MHz) x8
GPU model:
Intel HD Graphics 4000/NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (256MB) x1

Settings

Render:
OpenGL
Mode:
1600x900 8xAA fullscreen
Preset
Custom
Quality
Ultra
Tessellation:
Extreme
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(@frank_bohle)
New Member
Joined: 4 months ago
Posts: 2
July 20, 2018 9:20 pm  

Hey all, phantastic work, thank you very much  😉 
I got my system working also with hot plug. All I have to do is, plug in the monitor after turning on the Akitio. It's not the best, but ok
But, what I noticed is, that my NVidia gt 750m is always disable. It is listed in the System Report but not in "about this mac". Also disable the Auto Graphic mode in the system settings/Energie brings no effect. 
Any idea ? 
Thanks for your help

Atb

frank

Macbook pro 11,3, Retina 15" Late 2013, 2,6 Ghz and 10.13.4 with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB and Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB
Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 Adapter, Akitio Node and a Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 480


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mac_editor
(@mac_editor)
Noble Member Moderator
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 1497
July 20, 2018 9:43 pm  

@frank_bohle Read the limitations of purge-nvda.sh (I suppose you used this too) on that post. Those are side-effects to get the eGPU running fine.

You can optionally not use purge-nvda.sh (brightness controls work fine, etc.) but then cannot use external monitor. Then use set-eGPU to accelerate apps on internal display.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
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Multiple Build Guides


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mac_editor
(@mac_editor)
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Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 1497
July 20, 2018 10:05 pm  

@mnewman949 Instead of reinstalling OS, you could have used the script uninstall/recovery option in single user mode (see troubleshooting section of original post). Nonetheless, happy to hear successful results. Sadly cannot test multiple displays myself at this time.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
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Multiple Build Guides


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