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Morgulan
(@morgulan)
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Hi, after much trial and error I'm hoping for some magical advice because I am quite lost.

I have an Acer swift (SF314-57-767R) laptop, connected to a eGPU enclosure (Lenovo BoostStation). It works very well under windows. Yet lately I would really love to switch my setup to Linux. I really like the idea of popOS but also KDE desktop enviroment so I settled for Kubuntu since popOS is based on ubuntu.

I started with popOS first, the setup didn't work from the start because of secure boot I think but after switching that off I managed to get the whole setup working once but completely with ethernet and GPU, sadly just randomly. After I rebooted it didn't work anymore.

While trying many solutions which none of worked, like manually installing a driver or using scripts listed here to manage eGPU switching (These just got me stuck on boot since they forced external graphics), I switched to Kubuntu.

Here I got the same results. I did randomly get the eGPU working twice but only while booting and on the grub ubuntu screen. This happened when on a fresh installation, just after updating packages and switching to a 470 nvidia propriatery driver with prime-select set to on-demand. No manual, command/script setup.

This all frustrates me because it feels so capable of working just something left in the way. At all times the enclosure is recognized and authorized/trusted. Thanks for having a read at this!

Here is some hopefully useful command output:

ubuntu-drivers devices

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nvidia-smi

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nvidia-detector

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lspci | grep VGA

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errors upon boot when using a script to swtich GPUs

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Lenovo Boost Station RTX 2060, Acer swift SF314-57


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joevt
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Joined: 4 years ago
 
Posted by: @morgulan

NVIDIA

there's your problem... (google linus torvalds nvidia YouTube )

Do the nouveau drivers support GTX 2060? Maybe...

https://nouveau.freedesktop.org
https://nouveau.freedesktop.org/CodeNames.html

or maybe not fully?...

https://nouveau.freedesktop.org/FeatureMatrix.html

Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (Early 2008), GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5, Radeon Pro W5700, Sonnet Echo Express III-D, Trebleet Thunderbolt 3 to NVMe M.2 case


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Morgulan
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Joined: 2 months ago
 

@joevt, Allthough I had the opensource drivers installed by default and they never made a change, I gave it a dedicated attempt. Sadly they don't even attempt to communicate with the eGPU I think. Just the thunderbolt fails on ppm init. Thanks for the suggestion though, hoped for the best.

 

Lenovo Boost Station RTX 2060, Acer swift SF314-57


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