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Which Linux should i choose for EGPU ?
 

Which Linux should i choose for EGPU ?  

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TheGermanGuy
(@thegermanguy)
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After successfully setting up my EGPU (GTX1060) with my L702X XPS17 Dell under Windows i

want to try it now with Linux, preferably MX Linux. I dont know how to setup an EGPU under Linux at all...

Which Linux is the safest and where can i find informations on how to set it up under Linux ? Does anybody know and

can please help me ? My Laptop has igpu and dgpu... (Nividia GT555 and Intel HD whatever)

 

Best wishes

TheGermanGuy

2011 15" Dell XPS15 L502x GT540M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4) + Win7


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nu_ninja
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Any linux distro can be made to work, but there are two things that will make it easier. One is a thunderbolt manager to authorize devices and second is one of the scripts from this forum like gswitch or egpu-switcher. To make things easy, I'd use ubuntu or something based on it like linux mint or pop!_os, since a thunderbolt manager is included by default and the scripts can be easily installed via ppa.

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.15+Win10 + Linux Mint 19.1


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TheGermanGuy
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@nu_ninja

Thank you! I just got the LInux mint version and booted from all of them and.... it instantly works right out of the box BUT

it's laggy.... that's sad. I have NO CLUE what to do now... any further suggestions ?

The driver that where installed right out of the boc where the "noveau" drivers for the GT555 and GTX1060..

I tried to install other drivers but then i didnt work at all....GPUS detected in system info but not present in the "display desktop arragenemt" tool

where i can arrange the my two displays it only shows the internal....

Also: I noticed that the internal INTEL GPU is deactivated hardwareside so i just have the GT555 and the GTX1060 in windows and linux

Will the EGPU switcher help ?

 

 

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nu_ninja
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Yes, you should install the egpu switcher script. Also, if you install the proprietary nvidia drivers through the additional drivers icon in the settings a separate icon should show up to do display configuration.

Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro (MacBookPro9,2) TB1 -> RX 460/560 (AKiTiO Node/Thunder2)
+ macOS 10.15+Win10 + Linux Mint 19.1


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TheGermanGuy
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Okay so now i have both GPUS working, BUT a new problem.... (as always)  The solution was the 390 driver because this was the last driver which supports both of my cards.

BUT now i can't activate Xinerama. I have two different screen, the icons are the same, but i cant move windows between the screens without Xinerama.

As soon as i active it i get blinking black screens at startup. Then in have to live boot linux and change the xorg.conf to Xinerama "0" to even boot it.

Its so sad that there are no good open source nvidia drivers... no one to blame except NVIDIA! 

The nouveau drivers are a mess because of this...

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