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ruslan.tulupov
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Jun 5, 2019 7:53 pm  
Posted by: Samson Lau

Tks for help, I have following the step to patch with my Mac mini 2012 with a Gigabyte gaming box RX580, It works great, but I found that the eGPU hotplug icon doesn't show at the title bar with Mojave (High Serria can show it). Did I do anything wrong?

I initially experienced the same issue. Plugging my Sonnet 350watt into the Thunderbolt 2 port via adapter wouldn't work, even with an official Apple thunderbolt 2 cable. 

Plugging the eGPU into a thunderbolt 3 iMac and having it detect, and then plugging into Thunderbolt 2 worked (and still works, I only needed access to a working TB3 mac once, plugging into TB2 now works all the time, knock on wood).

Macbook Pro 15", Late 2013 Haswell, Thunderbolt 2
Sonnet 350W Breakaway Box
XFX AMD Radeon RX 580
Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Apple Thunderbolt 2 Cable


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nu_ninja
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Jun 5, 2019 8:08 pm  

@samson_lau

If you're using the latest beta of Mojave then its just a bug with the OS. Hopefully Apple will fix their code in next release.

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.14+Win10
+ Linux Mint 19.1


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Antani72
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Jun 6, 2019 8:13 am  

@samson_lau
Hi,
I also have a mac mini late2012 and I connected a Sonnet GPU-350W-TB3Z with nVidia 1050TI
Can you tell me if after the patch the VideoProc application is able to recognize (and use) the external GPU ?
thx

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Late 2012 Mac Mini 2,5 GHz Intel Core i5, mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6, eGPU: Sonnet Breakaway 350 + Nvidia GTX1050TI


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emanuelediba
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Jun 6, 2019 12:30 pm  

Can confirm. Purge-nvda too. On mid-2012 MacBook Pro retina 15.

Mid-2012 15" Retina MacBook Pro + Akitio Node + AMD RX 580


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Jun 8, 2019 1:08 pm  

@mac_editor

here is a crack method to install webdrive on Mojave, after that can I use this script to enable egpu on Macbook pro 2015 with 370x card?

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mac_editor
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Jun 8, 2019 4:37 pm  

@iamqk-bsd installing the drivers isn't the issue - there will be no acceleration of NVIDIA GPUs over that driver so it's pointless.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
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Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
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Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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Jun 16, 2019 2:18 pm  

ok, thank you for your reply

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ruslan.tulupov
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Jun 18, 2019 5:58 pm  
Posted by: Samson Lau

Tks for help, I have following the step to patch with my Mac mini 2012 with a Gigabyte gaming box RX580, It works great, but I found that the eGPU hotplug icon doesn't show at the title bar with Mojave (High Serria can show it). Did I do anything wrong?

I experienced the same issue. 

What got it working for me was getting access to a TB3 iMac and plugging in my eGPU. Once it was recognized I went back to my TB2 Mac and things have been working perfectly (knock on wood).

Confirmed working on Beta 2.

Macbook Pro 15", Late 2013 Haswell, Thunderbolt 2
Sonnet 350W Breakaway Box
XFX AMD Radeon RX 580
Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Apple Thunderbolt 2 Cable


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itsage
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Jun 18, 2019 9:47 pm  

I experienced a different result with 10.15 Beta 2 [19A487l]. First of all, purge-wrangler didn't notify of macOS version change. I ran it manually in Terminal and saw a few prompts I never saw before. The RX Vega 64 eGPU showed up in System Information as Display only. Here are some screen captures.

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mac_editor
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Jun 18, 2019 11:42 pm  

@itsage Likely because the new beta now defaults to read-only system volume. Can you try this:

  1. Reboot into recovery.
  2. Disable SIP (even if already disabled).
  3. Reboot back to macOS and run purge-wrangler. Those extra terminal messages should not pop up - they are errors.

 

I have yet to test this, but I recall a WWDC session mentioned how to make the system volume writable for one boot. A future version of purge-wrangler will refuse to run on systems with read-only system volume and prompt this workaround. Edit: Alone, this does not work, but have found a different workaround for now that does not require recovery boot.

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purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
----
Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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Jun 19, 2019 12:22 am  

One new issue I have found that when I shut down the mac mini 2012, the eGPU box (Gibibyte gaming box RX580) keeps running with full speed (the fan inside the eGPU box will run on full speed). (not all the time will happen) . some time just needs to unplug the TB2 cable, but sometimes need to unplug the power for a while.

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Jun 19, 2019 5:39 am  

@itsage purge-wrangler 5.1.3 is available. This release addresses read-only system volume on macOS Catalina Beta 2 without restarts and seamlessly, at least on my system. Please test on a TB2 system and provide feedback.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
----
Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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itsage
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Jun 19, 2019 12:37 pm  

@mac_editor Thank you for the quick update! 5.1.3 worked for the 2013 Mac Pro. It is not functional when hot-plug though. I had to boot with the eGPU connected. It's likely a bug with this macOS build. They are making nice improvements to Activity Monitor by adding the GPU tab. Some cool details are attached Port #, Max Bandwidth, and Enclosure.

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Jun 20, 2019 3:55 pm  
Posted by: mac_editor

@itsage purge-wrangler 5.1.3 is available. This release addresses read-only system volume on macOS Catalina Beta 2 without restarts and seamlessly, at least on my system. Please test on a TB2 system and provide feedback.

I don't have a tb2 system to test with currently but I am unable to use my MacBook Pro 13" 10.15 beta 2 (2017 non tb) with the egpu attached (gigabyte aurous w/r9 nano). The system crashes instantly when plugging the unit in and will also fail to boot when attached at startup.

Decided to do a clean install of 10.15 beta 2 for the fun of it and same problems occur. 

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Jun 20, 2019 4:10 pm  

@david_burks thank you for sharing your insight on this matter. It seems then that these issues are more OS/beta-related at this time. On my 2018 15" MBP, eGPU remains functional as normal. I presume much of this would hopefully be ironed out by the public beta. Though since you are using an R9 Nano, we cannot be certain still (there are likely kext changes).

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purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
----
Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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Jun 20, 2019 4:15 pm  

@Mac_editor I figured that would be the case. Just wanted to report the issues I was running into. Went ahead and "re disabled" sip just in case and no go. Thanks

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itsage
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Jun 24, 2019 7:20 pm  

@david_burks I experienced the same behavior with an R9 Fury Nano eGPU. Hot-plugging it in macOS would instantly crashes the system. Having the eGPU connected at boot would interrupt macOS booting process. There are likely changes with the drivers for these Fuji cards in 10.15 Beta.

Best ultrabooks for eGPU use

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mac_editor
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Jun 25, 2019 12:23 am  

@itsage unfortunately I am away from the Fury you had sent me. Earliest I could test would be late August.

To Fury/old AMD GPU users, if possible, please send over logs of the system after it crashes on Catalina - maybe the fix could be minor.

purge-wrangler.shpurge-nvda.shset-eGPU.shautomate-eGPU EFI Installer
----
Troubleshooting eGPUs on macOS
Command Line Swiss Knife
eGPU Hardware Chart
Multiple Build Guides
----
Current: MacBook Pro RP560X + 480/R9 Fury/Vega 64 | GTX 780/1070
Previous: 2014 MacBook Pro 750M + 480/R9 Fury | GTX 780/980 Ti/1070


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