Graphics driver crashes 20 seconds into boot?  

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kxplus
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November 30, 2016 1:15 pm  

i can only get my external display to show for about 10-20 seconds after windows boots up (i.e. login screen, desktop), then it hangs after that and becomes a white screen, and the system is unresponsive (caps lock light doesnt toggle). I can consistently get this result each boot.

 

In device manager, Windows shows my GTX 1060 just fine and even shows its status as "working properly".

 

Here are more details of my setup:

2015 13" rMBP

win8.1 on external SSD

akitio thunder2 + gtx1060 6gb

external HDMI monitor connected to eGPU

372.70 drivers -tried both desktop and mobile versions.

 

PSU

Edit: switched to dell DA 2, same problem- read posts below

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theitsage
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December 13, 2016 8:06 am  

Have you got this setup to work?


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kxplus
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December 13, 2016 8:23 am  

Thanks for the reply @theitsage. I figured i might change my psu because that was the only way to solve it. Turns out my psu was faulty; it couldn't even power up a friend's pc. Waiting on my new dell da2 but shipping is taking forever thanks to the Christmas season. Will update this post when my da2 arrives in a week's time 🙂


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theitsage
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December 13, 2016 10:11 am  

That's good to hear it's not a head scratcher. Sometimes the most basic things are often overlooked. Please let me know once you get it to work. I'm putting together a list of working eGPU setups so that people can get a quick reference for their future builds. I'll add yours once it's running.


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kxplus
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December 13, 2016 11:49 am  

Indeed, I was pretty relieved to know its just the PSU. Looking forward to getting it working next week, and being featured! Would love to help out people with the same build.


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kxplus
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December 21, 2016 1:32 pm  

My Dell DA2 arrived today. Sadly, i am still plagued by the same problem 🙁 the driver just crashes 15-20 seconds into showing the desktop. This is a clean installation of win 8.1, as per before.

When im lucky the driver recovers (pic attached). It even recovered 2 times for one of the boots. Though thats not any permanent solution at all... It crashes like 5-10 seconds later again. -.-

Im in the process of trying a bunch of different driver versions. 

Anybody has suggestions for me to try to solve my problem? Ill be eternally grateful to you 🙂

 

By the way, fyi to everybody: geforce driver 376.19 and 376.33 do not throw up code 43 anymore, at least for me. Those in between 372.70 and 376.19 still give code 43. Now to test every version to confirm this... Which takes forever :/

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dan
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December 21, 2016 1:57 pm  

Hi,do you have another thunderbolt cable to discard signal weakness?

Suggest to disable all the pci-e power policy inside bios(if there is one) and inside Windows.

 

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December 21, 2016 2:00 pm  

+1 Dan's suggestion. Also, I have seen a couple of rare instances that a video card and eGPU adapter/enclosure have impedance issues leading to unreliable signalling.  A quick test with another video card would quickly confirm if this is the problem.

Posted by: dan

 

Hi,do you have another thunderbolt cable to discard signal weakness?

 

   

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kxplus
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December 21, 2016 2:11 pm  

Dan and nando4, thanks for the suggestions! Sad to say, I have neither a spare TB cable nor another graphics card.

Im using a brand new Apple-made thunderbolt cable that is the shortest in length (0.5m i think) so i guess that reduces the likeliness of a signaling fault? Or does it not? (As im unsure of what a weak signalling means)

Also, @nando4, what do you mean by impedance issues? I have seen some others with a thunder 2 and zotac 1060 mini (same as mine) setup their egpu successfully, albeit with different mac models. Does that mean they should be inter-"compatible" with each other and not be a problem?

Thanks a bunch! sorry for my noobness ;P


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December 21, 2016 2:42 pm  

The pci-express signal that is travelling inside the thunderbolt cable could be corrupt or weak due to phisical failure of the cable or even the thunderbolt port.

is just a simple guess,not necesarly the cause of the problem.

hope you solve the problem soon.

 

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kxplus
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December 25, 2016 8:22 am  

Update on this: I installed Ubuntu on my Mac and with the nvidia proprietary drivers and some terminal work to make the pcie card and TB bridge be detected to output VGA, my setup works fine in Linux. It could stand 30+ minutes of Unigine valley, aftet which i shut it down due to my schedule. It also worked consistently on many boots. I then proceeded to install windows.

Yet again, things are not so optimistic on the windows side of things. Same thing hhappens-it hangs some 20 seconds into windows booting up.

Therefore I conclude that my problem is software and not hardware.

i used a clean install of Windows 8.1 single language, tried geforce drivers 372.70 / latest one, and the above happens.

Anyone able to explain why or give some suggestions? Im willing to try other versions of Windows. I did try Win 10 anniversary update, but I got the black screen when booting every single time no matter when I plugged in the TB cable, so gave up with Win10.

Any suggestions to remedy this? Could it be due to my internal screen being on? I tried using solely the external screen and also disabling the intel 6100 integrated graphics card but the same thing happens. Also would like to point out that Windows feels more sluggish when running with the GTX1060 enabled and "working properly" in device manager.

Any help is much appreciated 🙂

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