[Solved] My rig just imploded before my eyes. What now?
The Mac Mini was partitioned 50/50 Mac and Windows. Yesterday (9/11), Windows pushed a gaggle of updates to my machine. I let them update and the computer asked to restart except it never restarted.
When I restarted without the egpu, the computer lists a base station item in my device manager with an exclamation point and an inability to add a driver for it. My Radeon drivers were showing no egpu. If I plug the egpu in, the drivers won't detect it and a reboot will yield a black screen. I unplug the egpu and suddenly the computer boots normally again. I can install the Radeon drivers but the egpu is not detected. I removed the drivers and readded them numerous times. I used AMDcleanup to no avail. I don't think it's the drivers.
If I try to boot with the egpu plugged in before boot (optimal setup that I used for FIVE MONTHS), the computer simply has a black screen and despite having the monitor piping directly to the Mini via HDMI, I get no screen display.
If I boot without the egpu plugged in, it boots normally but I can't use the egpu, obviously. Moreover, Windows has stymied all attempts to remove the 2 offending updates. All four updates are:
Cumulative Update for 1903 KB4512508, KB4515384 plus a flash update KB3516115 and KB4514359. When I tried to remove the offending updates, the computer would tell me to restart and as I restarted, the updates would force themselves back on to my machine without approval as the removal restart occurred. Worse, even after I paused updates for 7 days and even DISCONNECTED my ethernet, the computer refused to give up and installed/partially damaged versions of the updates AGAIN. I can't salvage the egpu.
I need the computer for work though. What do I do? How do I nuke the partition without damaging my Mac install, install a new bootcamp install and only add the necessary updates so I can get my God damned egpu working again? This is is why people hate Micrososoft.
Thanks for any insights.
Oh and by the way, my system restore is disabled and all my snapshots are *gone*. So the update disabled and deleted my SR points. I'm really in a bind without help. All out of ideas.
You can use the Bootcamp Assistant on macOS to remove your Windows install.
I knew this but my concern is that the data won’t be deleted/erased. Merely tagged for removal. This won’t cause problems for writing other operating systems on top? Also, such a mass deletion wouldn’t have a negative effect on the M.2 memory in the Mac, correct?
But on to the most important questions...
1. How do install a new copy of Windows 10 without without automatically updating to those poisonous updates?
2. How can I keep my Windows build updated without downloading those updates. windows update is sequential. I’d have to update each file individually which could take ... 6-8 hours... What does that mean for FUTURE updates.
3. Has anyone else had this problem?
Your Windows partition will be nuked completely and it’s negligible in terms of SSD lifespan (basically no one worries about this).
For your other questions, consider referencing: https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/egpu-fail-after-update-to-windows-19-03/
Future is unknown, as always :p
@mac_editor by nuked completely, you mean that a few bytes in the partition table will be changed.