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micloi
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February 7, 2019 7:59 pm  

I have purchased an Akitio Node Pro for using a 1080 or 2070 on my Dell 7577 (1060 max Q).

I have installed a 1080 in the Akitio and connected it to the laptop (after I installed the Thunderbolt 3 drivers). I also updated the Thunderbolt firmware.
Windows 10 recognises and shows the Node Pro in the Thunderbolt utility but I cannot see anywhere the 1080. In the settings etc. I only see the integrated 1060 max Q.

I do not have a DisplayPort monitor to connect on the Akitio.

If I connect the HDMI cable on the 1080 the monitor does not display anything (as to be expected?).

Is there something I need to go in the drivers to allow the Akitio to display the 1080's output on the laptop monitor? (read something about Optimus technology but not sure if that's automated through the Nvidia drivers or if there is something I need to do manually).

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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February 8, 2019 3:11 pm  

Do you see a new Microsoft Basic Display Adapter in Device Manager when you connected the GTX 1080 eGPU? What version of Nvidia driver does your Dell 7577 run? Try DDU to remove Nvidia drivers and disable Windows default settings to automatically download and install drivers for new components. Then proceed to download and install the latest Nvidia drivers when both GTX 1060 Max-Q dGPU and GTX 1080 eGPU are active.

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micloi
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February 8, 2019 3:52 pm  

Thank you for the reply!

I only see the Intel integrated adapter and the 1060 in the device manager, no Microsoft Basic display adapter.
I am using the latest Nvidia driver.

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February 8, 2019 4:33 pm  

I also just tried a 2070. Same issue, not identified in device manager. 

I connected the TV using the Akitio's displayport and it displays the output on the TV. Only still recognises the 1060 max q thought unfortunately.

Apologies, used my mobile phone to reply and it is using my Google account details for some reason. I am still the original poster.

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micloi
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February 8, 2019 4:37 pm  

I also just tried a 2070. Same issue, not identified in device manager. 

I connected the TV using the Akitio's displayport and it displays the output on the TV. Only still recognises the 1060 max q thought unfortunately.

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micloi
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February 8, 2019 4:50 pm  

Used ddu to uninstall drivers and reinstalled. Still identified only the 1060.

Hwinfo also does not show the 2070. Neither infer video adapters or under the pci express x4 bus. 

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February 12, 2019 5:28 am  

Hi there,

I'm wondering if this issue was ever resolved? I'm considering a Node Pro + 2070 so want to see if this is a comptabile option

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micloi
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February 12, 2019 7:08 am  

Not resolved unfortunately. I will return the Node Pro and I have a Razer X and an eGFX 650 on the way to see if they fare any better.

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February 12, 2019 2:08 pm  

Dang...this is probably a long shot but any chance it's a real dumb problem like outlined in this thread?  https://egpu.io/forums/pc-setup/need-help-akitio-node-3-evga-rtx-2070-dell-xps-5790/

2070 on a standard node, node was being recognized (I think) but 2070 wasn't, until the user found out there was a sticker partially covering the 2070 connector

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February 12, 2019 2:14 pm  

I wish it was that but I tried 2 different cards.

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February 12, 2019 3:10 pm  

Dang, sorry! Hopefully it was just an issue with your specific Node Pro, and not all Node Pros having trouble reading higher power cards.

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February 12, 2019 5:50 pm  

I've got a Node Pro running a GTX 1080 FE with no issues other than the Nvidia drivers being fickle, but I've got it working now no problems. Make sure you authorize the enclosure in your Thunderbolt control panel, that was an issue I ran into initially.

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micloi
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February 12, 2019 6:18 pm  

Thank you for the reply. The enclosure is authorised and appears in the panel ok. It is the video card that does not appear in device manager unfortunately

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February 12, 2019 6:57 pm  

I'll be interested to see if your 2070 gets recognized when in other enclosures, that'll help narrow down the possible issue!

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February 13, 2019 4:31 pm  

Just installed on the Sonnet eGFX 650 and works as it should so it was the Akitio that was the cause of the problem. Will also test it on the Razer X soon

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February 13, 2019 4:49 pm  

Thanks for the update! I wonder if it was just your specific Node Pro, or if the 2070 is currently incompatible with all Node Pros in general. Since your 1080 also didn't work on your Node Pro (if I remember correctly), but @its_twitchyy has one functioning fine in theirs, my hope is you just got a faulty Node Pro. I may contact Akitio with a link to this thread to see if this is a singular case or not. 

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micloi
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February 13, 2019 5:30 pm  

Could be the Node Pro I suppose.

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