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PB151
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As shown in the screenshots my Sonnet Breakaway Box and my GTX 570 is being recognised but I do not have any signs of an eGPU in my top bar. I also cannot select an app, get more info, general and select prefer eGPU. What should I do?

https://imgur.com/2rcct79
https://imgur.com/zirtBAb
https://imgur.com/s7MK8NC
https://imgur.com/BuZZrXr

Sorry for not putting the photos straight up, pretty new to this platform.

Laptop: Asus Zenbook Pro 15 (UX580) | Windows 10 1909 | Enclosure: Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W | Msi Expedition GTX 1070 | Chotech 2m Active 40Gbps TB3 cable | i7-8750H | 16GB RAM | Link Width 4x | Link Speed 8Gt/s | Monitor: Msi Optix MAG241CR


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itsage
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Which workaround did you use to set up the GTX 570 eGPU in 10.14.3? Does it have external monitor output?

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PB151
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Thanks for the reply, I don't have an external monitor. I used the automate-eGPU EFI by Goalque. I booted using an USB drive. I tried other scripts but they weren't as successful for me.

Laptop: Asus Zenbook Pro 15 (UX580) | Windows 10 1909 | Enclosure: Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W | Msi Expedition GTX 1070 | Chotech 2m Active 40Gbps TB3 cable | i7-8750H | 16GB RAM | Link Width 4x | Link Speed 8Gt/s | Monitor: Msi Optix MAG241CR


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nu_ninja
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I think the default nvidia configuration for the EFI treats the eGPU as if it was a built-in dedicated card. You can check this with the terminal command:

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if it says dedicated then that's what it's doing. I think this might be what's blocking the prefer external option. I would try installing the EFI with the "AMD" configuration and see if that works.

Edit: From the build guides it looks like @oliverb got a similar setup working sort of see here

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PB151
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Thanks for the info, here are my results in terminal from the "safeEjectGPU gpus" command:

2019-03-23 20:37:42.761 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Device PreExisted [000000010000043f] Intel(R) Iris(TM) Graphics 6100

2019-03-23 20:37:42.761 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Synchronize with Metal initialization

2019-03-23 20:37:45.763 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Can't find (Metal) name, use 0x0000000000000000 for registryID 0x0

2019-03-23 20:37:45.763 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Synchronize with Metal initialization

2019-03-23 20:37:48.766 safeEjectGPU[813:10033] Can't find (Metal) name, use 0x0000000000000000 for registryID 0x0

gpuid 0x7e3e - Intel® Iris™ Graphics 6100

               registryID=0x000000010000043f integrated

gpuid 0xe190 - 0x0000000000000000

               registryID=0x0000000000000000 discrete

gpuid 0x8000 - 0x0000000000000000

               registryID=0x0000000000000000

Does discrete mean dedicate? Thanks for redirecting me to OliverB, I think I will try purge wrangler again now that I am running Mojave. 

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OliverB
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In my experience, GTX 570 (Fermi Chip) is not supported at all. Support starts with Kepler chips (most of the 600/700er) series and this is great an works in Mojave, too.

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PB151
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Got it, guess I'll have to go out and buy one of those. Thanks for clearing up my confusion.
Does the same apply with Windows?

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Laptop: Asus Zenbook Pro 15 (UX580) | Windows 10 1909 | Enclosure: Sonnet Breakaway Box 350W | Msi Expedition GTX 1070 | Chotech 2m Active 40Gbps TB3 cable | i7-8750H | 16GB RAM | Link Width 4x | Link Speed 8Gt/s | Monitor: Msi Optix MAG241CR


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