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Deathalo
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So I made a reddit thread about this here: https://www.reddit.com/r/eGPU/comments/e6vz65/razer_core_with_1070_clickingflashing_with_aero/

 

But I'll copy most of the important info here.

I just bought a Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED with a built-in GTX 1660 TI and I have an original Razer Core with an EVGA GTX 1070 installed. I've been using the Razer core with my Razer Blade Stealth with no problems for almost 2 years now and I want to continue using it with my Aero 15, especially if I plan on upgrading the card in the near future. Here's where things get weird, I did a fresh Windows install on the Aero 15 and plugged in the Core. It recognized it no problem at first showed up in control panel alongside the dGPU. I then updated to the latest NVIDIA studio driver and after a reboot I couldn't get it to work anymore. Now it's just making a clicking noise and like in this video another person who had the problem on reddit posted:

Mine does the same thing and the EVGA card's LED lighting flashes at the same rate. Now, if you read through the reddit thread we've done some troubleshooting, and I've gotten it to work again briefly by updating windows, reinstalling drivers, etc.. But it always goes back to this behavior after I either hotswap unplug and re-plug it back in to the TB3 port, or after a reboot. I just cannot get it to consistently work no matter what I've tried and I honestly am out of ideas, I recently tried rolling back to 1809 and it didn't help.

Is it this laptop? Is it the OG Razer Core's fault? Does anyone have experience with this kind of issue?

Thanks for any help in advance.

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itsage
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@deathalo What Thunderbolt settings can you see in the laptop BIOS? Did you have to approve the Razer Core the first time you connected it?

 

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Deathalo
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Posted by: @itsage

@deathalo What Thunderbolt settings can you see in the laptop BIOS? Did you have to approve the Razer Core the first time you connected it?

 

I did have to approve the Core the first connect, and I set to always connect. When it worked it showed up in the device list, when it doesn't the thunderbolt controller just shows Port 1, like in that video I linked above (although I've tried different versions of the thunderbolt controller and drivers as well as DCH and Standard with the same results.

The BIOS on the Aero 15 OLED actually doesn't have any thunderbolt settings at all, and I updated the BIOS as well.

I actually just got my bios unlocked and reflashed and now I have pretty much every option for TB3 you could imagine, though not sure what I should be enabling/disabling at this point... I was able to get the core working when plugging in while Windows was booted, but shutting down and powering up with it plugged in gives me this clicking flashing problem.

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@deathalo

I experienced this same issue when trying to connect the Razer Core V1 to a ASUS laptop. Were you able to find a solution?

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@deathalo

I experienced this same issue when trying to connect the Razer Core V1 to a ASUS laptop. Were you able to find a solution?

Yes, I'm now able to connect the GPU while the laptop is powered on and it connects 100% of the time, but I usually have to go into device manager and enable the Core's card after that. Then, whenever I disconnect I always disconnect it in the nvidia gpu monitor in the taskbar, and then safely remove the base station and core before unplugging. I think it may also have something to do with the right driver versions of thunderbolt I installed, but I'd have to look at them later to tell you which ones.

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@deathalo

If you get the chance to check on that I'd really appreciate it! The laptop in question is an ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE. I tried updating the BIOS and Thunderbolt 3 driver but could not get the laptop to detect the core.

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Deathalo
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Posted by: @eph_

@deathalo

If you get the chance to check on that I'd really appreciate it! The laptop in question is an ASUS ZenBook Pro UX550VE. I tried updating the BIOS and Thunderbolt 3 driver but could not get the laptop to detect the core.

For what it's worth, I do think the Core V1 has more issues than newer eGPU enclosures, and there doesn't seem to be a way to upgrade the firmware for it. But with all the issues I've had I'm pretty confident you can get yours to work with the right steps, albeit not as plug-n-play as some other enclosures.

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