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TheRealWeiner
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Hello forum,

sorry if this has been asked before, but my ADT-Link R43SG isn't turning my PSU on. I did a paperclip test with the ADT-Link R43SG plugged into my laptop over TB3 and the PSU turned on and spun up, the ADT-Link R43SG's mainboard led's also lit up as well as the adapters LED lights.

Windows doesn't recognize the device, I tested the GPU in another build and it functions properly as well, the ADT link is brand new and very lightly handled.

The laptop is Lenovos ThinkBook Plus : https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkbook-series/Lenovo-ThinkBook-Plus/p/XXTBXTM8021

The adapter is the ADT-Link R43SG 

The GPU is the MSI Armor 8GB RX 580 

I've tried plugging the TB3 cable directly into my laptop, as well as over a TB3 dock that has multiple TB3 ports.

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TheRealWeiner
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UPDATE

here's an MS paint schematic, please enjoy.

https://imgur.com/a/QJEPNr9

 

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Jwells uh huh
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I had the same problem before, but the power supply was working fine. A reseat of the nvme connection on the adapter and pcie x16 connection fixed the problem. But if your power supply is not turning on, it might be a different problem, but I'm not sure. Do you have a spare power supply you could use to troubleshoot? If not, then just try reseating everything and try again. 

Other thing you can try is force the adt link to always power on regardless of the tb3 connected to the laptop or not. You can do that by flicking a switch on the top left corner of the adt-link mainboard labelled "SW1" to the right side. Don't know if it will fix the problem, but at least it will help troubleshoot.

Macbook Pro 2020 (13", i5-1038NG7, 16GB RAM) + GTX 1650 (ADT-Link R43SG-TB3)


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TheRealWeiner
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@jwells_uh_huh

 

Reseated the GPU, and the adapter multiple times with no success. I also tried powering it on before my laptop was turned on while connected as well as when it was started and after it had turned on, I also tried connecting the TB3 cable to the laptop during these three stages with the ADT link powered on.

 

The adapter shows 2 lights and blinks a third one, but then after a few blinks it returns to just two lights being on. Also, on the back of the ADT base there's  2 green LED lights and one red one on while powered on.

 

This is the error windows is giving me when I plug in the adapter:

https://imgur.com/a/BYWCTqI

 

UPDATE

here's some pics of the setup:

https://imgur.com/a/LmkGC99

 

UPDATE

forgot to mention, I've tested the gpu and psu separately and they both work fine in another PC. the monitor and all the cables have been tested and work outside of this setup as well. The PSU is in fact spinning up, and so is the GPUs fan, it just won't connect to my pc at this point.

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TheRealWeiner
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UPDATE

 

The bottom of my laptop has a single pcie slot for its ssd, and a mini sata port for wifi, so I'm going to be ordering an ssd to fit into the wifi slot and I'll see if the pcie connector inside of the adapter will work alone.

 

Should have an update on if it works or not in about a week or so. I might just try and test it using a usb drive as the boot drive as well.

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