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koorelle
(@koorelle)
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I am so close to get my Titan Xp to work through Node Pro which connect
to iMac 5K 2014 m295x.
The external UP2716D wil light up but display nothing.
Thought both Xp Node pro and even Up2716D recognized in system description.

Quick Update————

I figure out two scenario

(1). Without eGpu to boot
  give me wrong default Retina resolution
3840 X 2160 

        Tips : while screen blank you can still manipulate
                  via Teamviewer

(2)But connect eGPU to boot
will give me working UP2716D and
blank retina display.
So I use”disable monitor”to disable retina display.And the result is quite well.
The catch is the process to boot will cause me ten cycle of  “something will not load” kernel reset memo which do harm my eGPU.

Tips  : while screen blank you can still manipulate
                  via Teamviewer

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Node Pro) + Win10 [build link]  

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Halbertus
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Thanks a lot mac-editor for bringing up a solution to the frustrating situation Apple have left their users with dropping unofficial TB2 & TB1 support.

I have been using your script with great success on the following TB 2 setups:

#1
MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2015 M370X + Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box + Dell UP 2715K

#2
Mac Pro 2013 (D300) + Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box + Dell UP 2715K

As I got the eGPU box new recently, I still need to try a few more things until I can give a final statement o usability. So far I have been running a few benchmarks (valley, geekbench), a few old games (bio shock, tomb raider and some design applications (premiere pro, indesign). All of which worked flawlessly and in some cases I got noticeable performance gains.

Update 04/08: Wake from Sleep does not seem to be reliable on both systems though, also got one system crash after extended usage time on Mac Pro today

Update 04/09: Performance in latest Premiere Pro is really bad. Lots of dropped frames running Metal, No video in program monitor running OpenCL.

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2015 w/ AMD Radeon R9 M370X
Mac Pro 2013 D300 + ASUS XG Station Pro + ASUS ROG VEGA 56
[email protected] Dell UP2715K

 
2015 15" MacBook Pro (R9 M370X) [4th,4C,H] + GTX 980 @ 16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.11 & Win10 [build link]  


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philw
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Was feeling confident on my iMac 5K after a few days of running RX580 perfectly so embarked on getting Nvidia-ness up and running...

Unfortunately, only got to the first reboot after running the latest Nvidia driver installer - iMac hung on Apple logo/progress bar...

Never got to the CUDA install or the NVDAEGPUSuppor-v8.zip bit.

Best efforts unable to rectify so currently restoring last Time Machine Backup 🙁

Given up on all my Macs...but successfully running: Gigabyte Designare Z390, Core i9-9900K, 64GB RAM, 2x Internal GTX 1080TI, 2x GTX 1070 eGPU (Sonnet eGFX)

 
2018 Gigabyte Z390 Designare (GTX1080TIx2) [9th,8C,K] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [build link]  


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Fry-man22
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@philw When you installed the nVidia driver, it most likely set a boot flag in the NVRAM for the nVidia driver.

i had this same condition. I rebooted into the recovery mode and then reset the NVRAM and was able to boot successfully.

Run the following to do the reset from the recovery terminal:

nvram -c

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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philw
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Thank you - I'll give it a go... once my Time machine has recovered in 4 hours 🙂

Given up on all my Macs...but successfully running: Gigabyte Designare Z390, Core i9-9900K, 64GB RAM, 2x Internal GTX 1080TI, 2x GTX 1070 eGPU (Sonnet eGFX)

 
2018 Gigabyte Z390 Designare (GTX1080TIx2) [9th,8C,K] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [build link]  


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Fry-man22
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I was hoping to catch you before you did that. It’s not necessary to do that every time to fix a black screen. Worst case scenario is usually just deleting whatever the offending Kent or startup option might be.

After messing with a few hackintosh machines, and I found that there are very few things that can’t be saved by either recovery or single user mode.

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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philw
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hmmm... now a bit stuck - have restored iMac to pre-nvidia driver install and still gets stuck at 100% Apple progress bar...

Have gone back into recovery terminal and run csrutil disable again just in case - but still stuck.... any ideas anyone?

Given up on all my Macs...but successfully running: Gigabyte Designare Z390, Core i9-9900K, 64GB RAM, 2x Internal GTX 1080TI, 2x GTX 1070 eGPU (Sonnet eGFX)

 
2018 Gigabyte Z390 Designare (GTX1080TIx2) [9th,8C,K] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [build link]  


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philw
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Better now... the purge-wrangler.sh recover command got me back to a working system 🙂

Feeling brave - I've attempted the Nvidia situation again... GTX 970 in eGFX enclosure...

with eGPU connected at boot - I get black screen on iMac and 2nd monitor. eGPU ok if powered on after login, apart from saying "Null" in the eGPU menu instead of GTX 970.

Just running some tests in c4D / Octane now...

Given up on all my Macs...but successfully running: Gigabyte Designare Z390, Core i9-9900K, 64GB RAM, 2x Internal GTX 1080TI, 2x GTX 1070 eGPU (Sonnet eGFX)

 
2018 Gigabyte Z390 Designare (GTX1080TIx2) [9th,8C,K] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 350) + Win10 [build link]  


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pandagenma
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Hello, I am new here. I have a MSi ARMOR RX580 8G in an Akitio Node connected to an iMac 17,1 over TB2. 10.13.4 disabled the unit, but the purge-wrangler script unfortunately did not bring it back either. Any suggestions?
https://imgur.com/a/DvDxr

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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pandagenma
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Sorry, I don't forum much. Here's what System Profiler says. https://imgur.com/a/DvDxr

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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