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After much effort (that was all in vain), I have concluded that the Akitio Node + TB3 to TB2 Adapter configuration is not really compatible with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 11,3 (w/ 750M) with NVIDIA 9xx and later cards. However, the Akitio Thunder2 seems to be working (most build success stories on the web w/ 750M models). The Node seems to work fine on macOS, however, and I really don't want to return it given the TB3 future-proofing it offers. Plus, building a Thunder2 with a 980Ti will require a lot more work to get up and running besides bending/removing the back of the enclosure for the GPU.

I was hoping to at least see some errors like the common error 12, but obviously there weren't any because the Node can't be detected in the first place. The Intel Thunderbolt drivers are of no use. If anyone on a Late 2013 or Mid 2014 MacBook Pro w/ 750M is able to get the Node detected on Windows (Bootcamp), do let me know.

 

UPDATE: The Node works on Windows on this model with AMD cards.

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@mac_editor, what Node firmware is being report in macOS for your Node? See reference pic below from here where a bootcamped 2015 MBA successfully had Node eGPU detection via a TB3->TB2 adapter. That was with the new 23.1 firmware that allows eGPU detection in Windows which is linked off here.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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I have the same 23.1 firmware on the Node (just checked).

Even after running on Iris Pro and disabling 750M, there's no luck.

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Yep, as @P-Mac said, you should not use -a mode for Windows:

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/2014-mbp-w-750m-issues/#post-5214

Did you try gpu-switch integrated mode + apple_set_os.efihttps://github.com/0xbb/gpu-switch

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Here's the checklist to do with the GT750M MBP to get eGPU detection:

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/macbook-pro-2014-15-gt750m-not-detecting-akitio-node-in-windows-10/

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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Posted by: goalque

 

Yep, as @P-Mac said, you should not use -a mode for Windows:

https://egpu.io/forums/mac-setup/2014-mbp-w-750m-issues/#post-5214

Did you try gpu-switch integrated mode + apple_set_os.efihttps://github.com/0xbb/gpu-switch

   

I have tried that modification. Just to clarify, this is what I did:

  • Booted to Windows with the USB drive to make sure device is visible.
  • Switched to integrated mode.
  • Tried plugging in GPU on next Windows boot after boot chime.

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Hmm.. do you see sign of Node's Thunderbolt port in Windows Device Manager (view devices by connection)?

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Posted by: goalque

 

Hmm.. do you see sign of Node's Thunderbolt port in Windows Device Manager (view devices by connection)?

   

No sign of anything associated with Thunderbolt or the Node in the device manager. View hidden devices enabled.

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With Apple TB3-to-TB2 adapter + Apple TB cable? Your MBP does not support hot-plugging. The only way to get it detected is to boot from a cold power state + Node turned on. Make sure that Windows 10 "fast boot" is disabled.

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Posted by: goalque

 

With Apple TB3-to-TB2 adapter + Apple TB cable? Your MBP does not support hot-plugging. The only way to get it detected is to boot from a cold power state + Node turned on. Make sure that Windows 10 "fast boot" is disabled.

   

That's right. From cold power stage, I encounter the POST issue, however. How do I get past that? I will try this again.

I have "Fast Startup" disabled since I disable hibernation anyways.

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