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edwardsean
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Posted by: enjoy

 

Download DDUhttp://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html and install the latest NVIDIA driver after that!

   

Thanks Enjoy. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help. I'm pretty discouraged right now. I went through several rounds with DDU uninstalling all the display drivers Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. I even tried installing the Nvidia drivers in safe mode, but the installer keeps failing right after the driver install.

The only thing I can think of right now is that I may have deleted a Nvidia file that Windows needed? So, I'm looking into starting all over again and reinstalling Windows. I really don't want to go that route.

So, if anyone knows how to get around the Code31 error on the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter, please let me know. 

Thanks!

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10 [build link]  

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enjoy
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@edwardsean - I think you must make a clean Install of Windows 10!

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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edwardsean
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Sigh. I'm sure you're right. I'm going to take a break and when I get back. I am going to do a clean install on Bootcamp. That should do it for the Nvidia driver. I'm more concerned about the Code12. I don't want to risk bricking my machine with Clover, so I'm going to try the dsdt override again. I'll keep going with the additional methods. 

I never thought it would be this complicated, but I'm committed to getting it work. I'll report back how it all goes. 

If anyone has experience with 2016 MacBook Pro with Radeon 460, please let me know.

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10 [build link]  

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edwardsean
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Well, after a long dogged process, I finally got the GTX1060 working on the Akitio Thunder3 in Bootcamp. It's one of those things that you know will eventually work but only after slowly chipping away at it. There is enough information here to troubleshoot the whole array of different issues that may come up.

There is just one thing I'd like to highlight because it's buried under so much information. Once Windows recognizes the unit and you've done the dsdt override if it still doesn't work try plugging it in on boot up and waiting. I thought since it just kept spinning at start up it was stuck. For some reason my configuration takes a good 2-3 minutes before it connects to the Akitio and starts up. If anyone knows how to get past that and speed it up please let me know. 

Also, the GTX1060 is a large improvement over even the Mac's Radeon 460. However, since I've gone through all this bother, I'm thinking of returning it for a 1070. The only problem, of course, is that it doesn't fit in the case. Can someone shed some light on how risky it is to just use it without the case, and have it just standing not the connector base without any protection? 

Thanks, and all the best to all your efforts here!

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10 [build link]  

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edwardsean
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Hey Enjoy, I'm going to stick with the 1060 as Afterburner is giving me just enough of a boost to do what I want. 

The only thing now is the fan. I bought a Noctua 60x25mm A-Series Blades with AAO Frame (SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan - Retail Cooling NF-A6x25). I heard it was quieter. However, I'm not sure if it will fit with the EVGA GTX1060. Enjoy, do you know if will fit and if not, can you suggest one that does which is quieter?

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10 [build link]  

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Xenakis
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I'm having an issue as well with a 1050ti w/ thunder 3 set up.. ive installed the latest GeForce drivers and rebooted but get (Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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lifecom
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There are two pilot ideas for silencing:

1. Use pwm-fans (4-wires) connected directly to the video card parallel with onboard fans (through some diy-adapter) -> as result fans of the video card and external will work synchronously

2. Turn on PSU in standby mode (when computer is power off): connect PS on (pin 16) from 24-pin connector to ground via some contacts (???) on Akitio PCB, because it receives a control signal from thunderbolt -> as result PSU will power simultaneously with the computer. Proof - the led turns on only when the thunderbolt-cable is connected. A similar circuit is used in magma expressbox3t.

This is just a theory. What do you think - is it possible to implement this?

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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enjoy
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Posted by: edwardsean

 

Hey Enjoy, I'm going to stick with the 1060 as Afterburner is giving me just enough of a boost to do what I want. 

The only thing now is the fan. I bought a Noctua 60x25mm A-Series Blades with AAO Frame (SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan - Retail Cooling NF-A6x25). I heard it was quieter. However, I'm not sure if it will fit with the EVGA GTX1060. Enjoy, do you know if will fit and if not, can you suggest one that does which is quieter?

   

Some users fit the Noctua 60x25 with EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6GB  - http://imgur.com/a/z6Ttb  

Others can't - https://egpu.io/forums/builds/late-2016-13-mbp-tb-gtx106032gbps-tb3-akitio-thunder3-win10-noler/#post-3665

....maybe the cards are with different length, for me the noise is not a problem because i use my mini-eGPU only for gaming and i use my headphones for better gaming experience 😉

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Later 2013) 3.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7-4750HQ / 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 / 256GB SSD + 1TB
mini eGPUPCI Express vs. ThunderboltMac CAN gameGaming Laptops vs. MacBook Pro with eGPU

 
2012 13" MacBook Air [3rd,2C,U] + GTX 1060 @ 10Gbps-TB1 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 [build link]  


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lifecom
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@deplomb

If it is possible, please send the source files of the case mod from this post. I want to try make same case with any cnc-service.

To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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ikir
 ikir
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I've seen my old thunder2 GTX970 implementation in the fist post. I needed to solder pci power to the side to close case, otherwise was impossibile to close Thunder2 without making a hole in the top.

 

BTW which card have PCI-power at the end, on the side, in order to don't cut thunder2/3?


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