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December 6, 2018 7:21 pm  

@frank_bohle You cannot use an external monitor with your MBP without eGPU if you have purge-nvda installed. Uninstall that when you are working without the eGPU. Reboot twice into macOS without purge-nvda patches installed. If it's still causing issues, consider resetting NVRAM (this will also enable SIP so disable SIP again). If it's still causing issues, the problem is elsewhere - consider re-installing macOS over your existing installation. purge-wrangler likely is not causing any issues. You can leave that as it is.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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December 6, 2018 7:38 pm  

@mac_editor: ah, no external monitor. But I have uninstalled and had these freezings, without another external monitor as well.. ok, that means, I should reboot twice after I uninstall it ? And what about SIP should I enable it? 
Two days ago I had so much trouble, I tried everything, NVRAM / Pram reset, save mode, recovery mode and disk utility ... until I re-installed osx over my existing one...
ok, I will try it today with reboot twice, or leave all installed and turned off the book. sleep mode is still not possible, right?

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
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December 6, 2018 7:44 pm  

@frank_bohle Sleep is still not possible. Apologies, your previous message was a little unclear, but I understand now. Not sure what exactly this is as it seems to be an isolated issue even on this Mac. SIP must remain disabled as long as any patch is in use. You can avoid using purge-nvda with eGPU if you are willing to use a monitor directly connected to the MBP/or internal display and no monitor connected to eGPU (you can use the Prefer External GPU in Mojave to tell apps to use eGPU).

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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December 7, 2018 3:21 pm  

obligatory question:
is it safe to install the last 10.13.6. security update?

#iMac Pro #Sonnet Breakaway #Quadro P5000+GTX 1080Ti #High Sierra 10.3.6.


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December 7, 2018 7:03 pm  

I have a Razor Core X with an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 ti  I am attempting to connect to a MBPro (Retina, 15" Mid 2015) 2.8 i7 Intel Iris Pro. I have a clean install of 10.14.2 but experienced the exact same failure under 10.13.6

I installed purge-wrangler, enabled nvidia, installed web drivers. Rebooted and plugged in the eGPU with Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter. During loading screen there is a momentary graphics distortion but then it completes booting successfully. I am able to log in to my account but after about a minute the screen turns black and the system locks up.

I have this same eGPU working fine with a new 13" MBPro

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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December 7, 2018 7:45 pm  

@inkxel Mojave needs web drivers as clearly mentioned in the documentation. On High Sierra, try hot-plugging the eGPU rather than booting with it.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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December 7, 2018 8:33 pm  

Yes, web drivers were installed in both 10.13 and 10.14 -- but hot-plugging made all the difference! Worked perfectly on both operating systems. I expected quite the opposite assuming hot-plugging to be more volatile and never would have thought to try that.

I did, however, forget that OpenCL will not work in 10.14 and Blender won't be able to use the eGPU -_- reformatting that machine back 10 10.13

Thanks again.

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December 7, 2018 9:34 pm  
Posted by: inkxel

I did, however, forget that OpenCL will not work in 10.14 and Blender won't be able to use the eGPU -_- reformatting that machine back 10 10.13

I meant to say that web drivers need to be updated for Mojave by NVIDIA and it won't function on Mojave - as you discovered. Sorry for the unclear message previously.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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December 10, 2018 5:30 pm  

Hi All

I have a 2015 15" MacBook Pro with M370x and I'd like to setup an eGPU with my old 7970 ghz edition card I have laying around as that was a great Final Cut Pro X GPU in my Hackintosh in the past.  

My goal is only to accelerate the Mac side for normal desktop usages (no fan spinning from laptop hopefully with this setup) and FCPX on my 4k 31.5" external LG monitor.

A.  Good/bad idea based upon opinions here?
B.  If Good - Any reason to choose any particular eGPU box over others?

My thought was to go with a Mantiz Venus or Sonnet TB3 box and TB3>TB2 adapter simply to future proof and have an eGPU box that is ready for more things in the future (different laptop) if that ever comes up...But... if it's a better idea to use a TB2 native eGPU box I'm certainly open to that also.

Love to hear and really appreciate any/all opinions on my situation.
Thx!

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December 10, 2018 7:45 pm  

@yxebsqme Your Mac is IMO one of the best TB2 hosts. Get a TB3 box - preferably the Venus as it will future-proof you when you upgrade your system. The older AMD card should work, but in case it doesn't, ensure that you can return your purchase. I'd advise against a native TB2 box at this time - not worth it IMO.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
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December 10, 2018 7:47 pm  
Posted by: mac_editor

@yxebsqme Your Mac is IMO one of the best TB2 hosts. Get a TB3 box - preferably the Venus as it will future-proof you when you upgrade your system. The older AMD card should work, but in case it doesn't, ensure that you can return your purchase. I'd advise against a native TB2 box at this time - not worth it IMO.

How important is the Venus over a Sonnet?  
I only ask as there's a cheap sonnet available locally.

No worries on returning the GPU (but a good thought, so thank you).  
I've had it for years and it's just sitting around anyhow.

Also, am I on the right track here in that finally I can use this Mac with my 4k External and *not* have the fans spin up?

I've always assumed the fan spin up was GPU related and the 4k monitor was really taxing it, even for just general desktop usage, and thought an eGPU would be great to leave plugged into the 4k monitor and have my Macbook Pro be nice and quiet when using that docked setup.

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December 10, 2018 7:54 pm  

@yxebsqme The cheapest Sonnet has only 15W power delivery (only matters on TB3 though), so I was suggesting Venus as for the future you would be set in that sense (Venus has 87W). The other benefit is that the Venus has space for a SATA drive, USB ports, and ethernet. If you don't care for those at all, I guess Sonnet would be ok, and above all, its also about what's the best deal out there (Sonnet for you).

I was talking about returning the enclosure in case the setup doesn't work.

Yes I believe the fans won't spin up as much. You are on point about higher resolution monitors taxing the GPU. I have run 2 4k monitors on the 2014 15" at 60Hz each and the fans were always 1000rpm above idle. Still was smooth. Using an eGPU should help.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
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December 10, 2018 8:29 pm  
Posted by: mac_editor

(Venus has 87W). The other benefit is that the Venus has space for a SATA drive, USB ports, and ethernet.

On a TB3 MacBook Pro, does OS X see and utilize the SATA, USB and Ethernet on the Venus or is that only in Windows?

What happens using TB2, especially for the SATA drive?
I'd love to have extra storage in there perhaps.

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December 10, 2018 8:45 pm  

@yxebsqme macOS is fully supported (all peripherals should work), and on TB2 IIRC it works but search the forums a bit more. See build guides as well.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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December 10, 2018 9:07 pm  

Thx!

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December 10, 2018 11:09 pm  

Hi everyone

thankful to @mac_editor for this this script 

sorry for my english

 

MBP 13” EARLY 2013 I7 500SSD GPU INTEL 1,5GB WITH AMD RADEO 560X BREAKAWAY SONNET

 

Some mounts ago i installed purge-wrabglers.sh and set-egpu and immediately i understand that eGPU was used only from Final cut pro x, no one adobe suite app was using eGPU .

 

Sometimes i disabled “SIP” for upgrade purge-wrangler.sh but i never upgrade OSX because i didn’t want some issue.

Sometimes i use the  “mount -nuw /“ command during the boot sistem.

 

3 WEEK AGO i launch  ADOBE AFTER EFFECT  and i understand immediately that AE is more powerful and it is using eGPU, but i don t understand how but i was very happy, the same for premiere and lightroom

 

YESTERDAY i wrong, i  click on the “pop-up” “reboot” , i was think it was an application upgrade, really it was a sistem upgrade and the eGPU wasn t read from mac, so i decide to install Mojave after the installation of purgewrangler and set-egpu, mac recognised the eGPU but no one application use it.

 

Plase Help me

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December 11, 2018 3:39 pm  

LLOOOOOOOOLLLLL
I m so sorry for stupid question.... 
mojave has built in option for prefer egpu, choose the app, get information and select prefer egpu 😀 😅😅😅
thankful again @mac_editor for this powerful script!

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December 13, 2018 1:52 pm  

Hi,

Can this script be used for cuda acceleration only on an iMac 2014/TB2, Akitio Node + Titan? 

I ran through the script but whatever I try no eGPU is detected.

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December 14, 2018 7:21 pm  

@highpass What OS, and what card exactly?

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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December 14, 2018 7:54 pm  

That was a 2014 iMac (TB2), Akitio Node, Titan XP.

Oddly enough the macos-egpu script worked fine. All is well, but I did think it odd nothing was detected.

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December 14, 2018 8:31 pm  

@highpass glad you got up and running. If you are willing to, could you retest the script again at your convenience? Ideally should have worked (script does not install CUDA). Not sure what’s going on there.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.sh
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Multiple Build Guides


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December 17, 2018 11:39 am  

Hi!
May I Ask a question 

Im now currently with 
macbook pro late 2016 15” “10.12.6”
with a Aorus gaming box 1080
with external monitor

Will everything working better on 10.13?
or stay on 10.12.6 is better?

I know that Mojave is not supported yet with Nvidia Cards

Is it supported to the latest High Sierra Patch?
thanks!

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