[Solved] Bootcamp Windows 10 Pro Issues 2018 MacBook Pro 13 inch
So I have been researching a lot of the posts here and I am just stuck. I can't get both the iGPU and eGPU working in Windows without hot-plugging it in during the Windows logo.
- Laptop: MacBook Pro 13" 2018
- Model Identifier: MacBookPro15,2
- Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Core i7
- Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz
- Memory: 16 GB
- Boot ROM Version: 1037.40.124.0.0 (iBridge: 17.16.11081.0.0,0)
- Enclosure: Razer Core X Chroma
- eGPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700XT Nitro+
Here are the steps I have done so far:
- Install Windows 10 1903 V1 via Bootcamp Assistant as per this thread: https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/egpu-fail-after-update-to-windows-19-03/
- Disconnect eGPU from laptop
- Boot into Windows and register with Win 10 Pro key
- Block Windows Update and set restore point
- Install latest Intel Graphics Driver
- Install Display Driver
- Save Restore Point
- Boot into Mac OS and setup automate-eGPU EFI via external USB
- Reboot to disable Secure Boot and "Allow Booting from External Media"
- Turn off laptop
- Plug in eGPU and boot into windows via automate-eGPU EFI (freezes at Windows logo)
- Try again and plug eGPU in at Windows logo with 3 dots and everything is detected
- Install Radeon Drivers
It works only if I plug the eGPU in at the logo every time. If I don't do that, then I get one of three random effects:
- Freezes at Windows logo.
- Only iGPU works, eGPU makes noise but doesn't display anything on the external display.
- Only eGPU works, Internal laptop display freezes on Windows logo and only External display shows a picture.
Today only #1 seems to happen consistently. I've read enough posts here to know that it just works without this and I have to wonder what I am doing incorrectly. Unfortunately the build guides for the 2018 Macbooks all appear to be MacOS only (as of this writing) so I don't have any more specific success stories to go with. I was under the impression that my "Large Memory Allocation" laptop and no dGPU to deal with I would have an easier time than the 2017 Macbooks but that's not what's going on. What could I be doing wrong?
@kendall6152 I'm aware of Apple T2-Chip Macs with recent Mojave/Catalina firmware not able to work with apple_set_os.efi. This is likely what you're experiencing on your 2018 13" MacBook Pro using automate-eGPU EFI. My recommendation is to boot into Windows volume without the eGPU connected. You can then time hot-plug the eGPU as soon as you see the Windows logo with spinning circles.
I see. So that’s just how it is.... Well it wouldn’t be the first compromise I suppose. I hope the situation will improve eventually or I’ll just have to build another PC.