Tutorial: Ubuntu 18.04 / RTX 2080 / Razer Core v1
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Tutorial: Ubuntu 18.04 / RTX 2080 / Razer Core v1  


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Hi there,

I had a bit of hassle setting up my new RTX 2080 (Gigabyte RTX 2080 OC 8G) eGPU on Ubuntu 18.04 using a Razer Core v1.
So I thought I would share how I did it!

The problem: I had a working setup with the same hardware but a different GPU (Gigabyte 1060 GTX OC 6G).
When I switched the GPU, I was not able to boot on Windows or Linux: after selecting the OS in grub, the screen switched to
black and nothing happened.

  1. In my BIOS (XPS 13 9380), I disabled the "Thunderbolt Boot Support". After that, Windows booted ok. But in Ubuntu,
    the NVIDIA drivers would not load and I had a strange error in dmesg:

    NVRM: BAR1 is 0M @ 0x0

  2. I removed all the nvidia related packages:

    sudo apt-get --purge remove 'nvidia*'

  3. Reboot.
  4. Add the following kernel parameters in /etc/default/grub:

    pcie_ports=native pci=assign-busses,nocrs,realloc iommu=on

  5. Update grub:

    sudo update-grub

  6. Reboot.
  7. Install the 440 NVIDIA drivers:

    sudo apt-get install nvidia-driver-440

  8. Reboot.
  9. At this point, the NVIDIA GPU was recognized and listed in nvidia-smi. But I was stuck in a login loop, presumably because the X server settings were incorrect.
    So I installed egpu-switcher:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hertg/egpu-switcher
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install egpu-switcher
    sudo egpu-switcher setup

  10. Reboot.
  11. Everything works as expected!

I hope it can help others!

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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