External graphics card running at 0% followup
After spending some time trying to figure out why my egpu setup always runs at 0%, I learned that the Sonnet Breakaway box 550W enclosure and any graphics cards are working as intended. For some reason, this setup works perfectly fine with other thunderbolt 3 laptops except for my HP Spectre x360 13. Knowing this, I reset my laptop and tried reinstalling the driver for my NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 Super. The problem persisted and I have no clue how to go forward with this. Does anybody have any clue what could be going on with this laptop?
It sounds like there is some HP security software installed which requires you to authenticate newly connected thunderbolt devices before they are allowed to interact with the x360.
HP installs a thunderbolt firmware configuration tool on some models.
@mini-i5, The firmware configuration tool is incompatible. Maybe the issue has to do with the BIOS forcing this laptop to use the integrated GPU.
Resetting the embedded controller is something that worked for a few other people.
@mini-i5, Sorry but I already tried this method beforehand and the issue still persists. I contacted HP support, and hopefully they will come up with another solution. This could be an issue with my particular laptop, though I don't suspect any kind of hardware damage.
Check to make sure your power usage settings are set to "Best Performance" in the Windows and Nvidia control panels.
I found something interesting in the NVIDIA control panel. For some reason I can't do anything with the processor settings to make sure that the diagram below doesn't link the laptop display to the intel UHD graphics. I don't know if this is important. Another thing I found out is that I can't even access the NVIDIA control panel while the integrated GPU is disabled.
To make the nVidia graphics adapter the primary graphics processor on the system, open up the NVIDIA Control Panel>Manage 3D settings. From the drop-down list under Preferred graphics processor: you can choose either Auto-select, nVidia, or Intel graphics solutions:
Alternately, you can click on the Program Settings Tab and set the graphics processor for each individual program installed on the unit.