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    DIY eGPU Setup 1.30

    [Started 5-28-2010 on NBR. Relocated to T|I due to being banned by Lenovo fan ZaZ]

    Setup 1.30



    DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 (Sep-2013) >>US$25: Paypal to nando4eva@ymail.com<<
    Pls include a return email address in msg and TechInferno username if have one.
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    See the DIY eGPU Setup 1.x Help for menuitem and usage overview. This appears in Setup 1.30 when hit F1.

    Pls do not request support on previous unsupported versions. They either sit on a licensed MS-DOS platform
    or have critical bugs and are no longer distributed. HIT having abandoned their commitments.



    Aug-2013: Setup 1.30 beta now being distributed with many new features: Series-7/8 chipset, Win8, polled eGPU detection, Macbook installation, 13" Macbook PCI compaction, 36/64-bit compaction matching DSDT override + more.




    Above: sample screenshots from DIY eGPU Setup 1.20. Hitting F1 over a menuitem now providing context-sensitive help



    Above: first 15s shows how to configure a GTX670 eGPU for use on a Acer 5750 using Setup 1.30 (details). Shown is how to configure the mPCIe port, perform PCI allocation of iGPU+eGPU, then chainload to Win7. This process can be automated as explained here to add ~1second to your bootup process time.

    Setup 1.30 is available with quite a few nice new features over the previous 1.0x versions. These include using the faster FreeDOS 1.1 platform with no licensing issues, chainloading to UEFI/GPT partitions, larger disk image with 9.5MB free space, a html-text based help system, being able to run from Linux' grub2 bootloader, Series-6 2.5/5.0 GT/s switching support, link retraining, simpler grub4dos setup; additional Reassign buses, ALL port and root port anti-whitelisting method, significantly faster F5 and status refresh, consistent iGPU/dGPU/eGPU naming, mouse support, cache option to speedup startup.bat runtime, F4 the last command into your startup.bat, browse your NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 partitions, do screen capture using the ALT+DEL key, play a retrogame with ALT+G hotkey and numerous bug fixes. Looks quite a bit better too

    Why would I need DIY eGPU Setup 1.30? >>>

    Setup 1.30 is a FreeDOS environment used to configure your DIY eGPU before chainloading to your OS. Required if you:

    • encounter WinXP/7 error 12:cannot allocate resources requiring automated PCI Reallocation or IGP relocation. Note: Win7 users may want to try a simpler 36-bit root bridge DSDT override instead of using Setup 1.30.
    • want to use x1E/x2E/x2/x4 higher performance pci-e links (x1E/x2E on Series-4 or older, x2/x4 on Series-5 or older chipsets)
    • want to set pci-e 1.0 (2.5GT/s) or pci-e 2.0 (5GT/s) link speed (Series-6 or newer chipset).
    • require mPCIe anti-whitelisting (HP/Lenovo) to allow a wifi slot to work with a PM3N
    • want to disable a dGPU in a hybrid graphics system to free up resources to host the eGPU
    • want to use a NVidia eGPU with Optimus instead of a NVidia dGPU (Series-6 chipsets)
    • want to initialize a NVidia video card prior to Windows boot to prevent hang/BSOD on startup or error43 in device Manager. Eliminates the need for a standby, attach, resume to overcome this problem.

    FAQ&Troubleshooting>>> (click)

    How do I install this software? >>>

    Spoiler


    How do I create a Linux grub2 bootitem for Setup 1.30? >>>

    Boot Win7/Vista/XP, run DIYeGPU-Setup-1xxx.exe and extract to c:\eGPU then run setup-disk-image-linux. This will install DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 on c:\eGPU (ntfs/fat32) and defrag the image. ntfs/fat32 is recommended as it needs be on a filesystem that supports contiguous files. Then add to/boot/grub/grub.cfg:

    Spoiler



    Comments/suggestions/enhancements are encouraged.
    Last edited by nando4; 09-09-2014 at 03:05 AM.
    DIY eGPU • eGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe • 12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87Ghz • HP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    I've got one question. A really like Setup 1.x, it's very easy to use and powerful. But it's annoying that my computer shows the Bootloader menu, which makes my boot time longer. Can I just remove Setup from the menu? Will it still work when enabled "automated startup via startup.bat", a then removed from the menu in order to boot directly to Windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jot23 View Post
    I've got one question. A really like Setup 1.x, it's very easy to use and powerful. But it's annoying that my computer shows the Bootloader menu, which makes my boot time longer. Can I just remove Setup from the menu? Will it still work when enabled "automated startup via startup.bat", a then removed from the menu in order to boot directly to Windows?
    You likely do not have a default Win7 bootmenu item or timeout set. This can be rectified by doing WIN+R, type "msconfig", select boot, then you can select Win7 as the default OS along with a timer of say 5 seconds. Meaning you will see the initial Win7 bootloader menuitems "Win7" and "Setup 1.x" and after 5 seconds will default to booting Win7. Within that 5 seconds you can select "Setup 1.x" if need to configure your eGPU.

    There are two other ways of getting automated Win7 bootup via a Setup 1.x where it's you've pre-configured the startup.bat. They are as below.

    1. Create an active FAT32 partition for Setup 1.x, copy the files across and ensure you do a 'chainload bootmgr' rather than 'chainload mbr'.

    2. Create a USB stick install of Setup 1.x and boot via it.

    It is theoretically possible to eliminate booting via Setup 1.x to configure the eGPU *if* you installed Ubuntu's grub2 bootloader (with setpci support), added the necessary lines to the Win7 bootitems in /etc/grub/menu.conf to pre-configure the system for eGPU use. There you would be transposing the various setpci commands being used in Setup 1.x after confirming they work.
    Last edited by nando4; 08-03-2013 at 07:30 PM.
    DIY eGPU • eGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe • 12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87Ghz • HP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    I got a couple of questions.

    Would this Setup 1.x allow me to disable white-listing checks imposed by Lenovo on a laptop like Y510? Not talking only about eGPU, for example I want to use another WiFi card instead of the original one, until a whitelisting modded bios emerges.
    Also, can I use this program to disable the discrete Nvidia GPU 750M and enable the integrated Intel one? I understand this could be a hardware issue and I could end with nothing displaying on my screen, just asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arise View Post
    I got a couple of questions.

    Would this Setup 1.x allow me to disable white-listing checks imposed by Lenovo on a laptop like Y510? Not talking only about eGPU, for example I want to use another WiFi card instead of the original one, until a whitelisting modded bios emerges.
    Also, can I use this program to disable the discrete Nvidia GPU 750M and enable the integrated Intel one? I understand this could be a hardware issue and I could end with nothing displaying on my screen, just asking.
    If the notebook doesn't halt bootup with the 'unauthorized wifi card detected' then potentially Setup 1.1x could be used to allow another vendor's wifi card to work. That was what was used in [ALL ProBooks/Laptops in General] Our WiFi WhiteListing Days Are 0v3r! .

    Setup 1.x can disable/enable the iGPU port on Series-5 or older systems (1st i-core or older) but it is only of value if the notebook has the iGPU wired through. More valuable is disabling the dGPU so an eGPU can use it's pci-e space instead as well as receive NVidia driver priority to enable Optimus features (internal LCD mode, x1 pci-e compression)>
    DIY eGPU • eGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe • 12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87Ghz • HP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Hey Nando, got the setup in my signature working however I got a few issues/questions;

    1) Should I be using grub4dos MBR, straight up "chainload MBR", bootmgr, or? I am currently using grub4dos MBR and it seems to be working but since it is Windows 7 I thought I should be using bootmgr, no?

    2) iGPU + eGPU compaction doesn't seem to be working via your software. It says "no solution found" every time. Compact all PCI lanes doesn't seem to work either and just hangs the computer everytime. If I want better DX9 performance, what option should I choose for compaction? Maybe just the eGPU one? The first one (all except x,y, and z) does work but I am leary of compacting PCI lanes not related to my eGPU....GPU-Z currently displays "x1 2.0".

    3) It seems I cannot set my PhysX processer to be my iGPU? It only gives me 2 options, CPU and the GTX650. I heard it is a good idea performance wise to atleast use the iGPU as the PhysX processer (is that true first of all?) so I'd like to be able to do that....

    Thanks in advance Nando!


    2012 13" Macbook Pro | 8GB Gskill RAM | 124GB Crucial M4 SSD | OS X + Windows 7 (MBR) + Linux
    GTX650 Ti eGPU | 400w PSU | PE4L v2.1b | Sonnet Pro Adapter | Setup 1.2x

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4m1r View Post
    Hey Nando, got the setup in my signature working however I got a few issues/questions;

    1) Should I be using grub4dos MBR, straight up "chainload MBR", bootmgr, or? I am currently using grub4dos MBR and it seems to be working but since it is Windows 7 I thought I should be using bootmgr, no?

    2) iGPU + eGPU compaction doesn't seem to be working via your software. It says "no solution found" every time. Compact all PCI lanes doesn't seem to work either and just hangs the computer everytime. If I want better DX9 performance, what option should I choose for compaction? Maybe just the eGPU one? The first one (all except x,y, and z) does work but I am leary of compacting PCI lanes not related to my eGPU....GPU-Z currently displays "x1 2.0".

    3) It seems I cannot set my PhysX processer to be my iGPU? It only gives me 2 options, CPU and the GTX650. I heard it is a good idea performance wise to atleast use the iGPU as the PhysX processer (is that true first of all?) so I'd like to be able to do that....

    Thanks in advance Nando!
    'chainload mbr' is fine.. and in most cases works better than 'chainload bootmgr'. Hence why it's set as the default.

    The PCI compaction will be dependent on the system and as such the list of combinations to try is shown if you hit F1. If "All except SATA+..." works then stick with it. A lot of BIOS/firmware doesn't pre-set devices on boot and depends on the OS to do it. When there is a huge chunk needed by the eGPU then it can confuse matters. Compact is doing what the firmware didn't do AND adding the eGPU into the allocation.

    iGPU can't be used as a Physx processor. Only a NVidia dGPU/eGPU.
    DIY eGPU • eGPU Implementations: TB, EC, mPCIe • 12.5" HP 2570P with i7-3740QM@3.87Ghz • HP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    14" Dell Latitude E6440 i7-4800MQ 3.7Ghz HD4600 1600x900 8GB 500GB SSHD + ODD + BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 + DIY eGPU (EXP GDC V6) weapon of choice:

    GTX770@4Gbps+c-EC2 3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7487/9842/30508
    R9 280X@4Gbps-EC2    3dmkGPU:13-fs/11/06=7314/9721/28904

    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@8Gbps-TB1 (TH05) 3dmkGPU:11/06=7810/18569

    Which is better? E6440 is 2.5+ times better at 70% the cost of the MBP making it 3.5+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    eGPU boot clover?

    Hello,

    I am a new user to eGPU and plan to use it on my hackintosh laptop to bypass the WLAN whitelist as soon as my new WLAN card comes in. I currently use clover to boot my hackintosh and wanted to keep this functionality with eGPU. I noticed that in the uefi folder i can place a uefi.img file and might possibly be able to boot clover but i am not sure where i would get this img file from. Can anyone help with this?

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    Anyone who is looking to convert their GPT disk to MBR please see below. I needed to do so in order to properly run this software for my HP 2570P laptop. In order to make this work, you'll need a Live-CD Linux that supports your network card (I used Backtrack 5, it has Intel 6205 drivers), a Windows 7/8 retail installation media (OEM won't work), and a few hours. I highly recommend that you make a system image using Windows Backup prior to starting, as there is a serious chance of messing something up. Spoiler has download links

    Spoiler



    Check your install media by booting into it, selecting your language/currency/time, then click repair in the bottom left. Mine said that I couldn't repair my windows install with that particular disk, but it worked after I got started.

    If you get lucky, then you can follow these instructions tailored to your flavor of Linux without any extra hassle:
    How to Convert a GPT disk layout to a MS-DOS/MBR layout without data loss (and Gigabyte Hybrid EFI) | firewing1

    For me, after step 14, Windows Repair couldn't locate my installation so I had to set my primary partition as active using diskpart from the Windows RE command prompt:

    Spoiler



    After that, I started again from step 13 and it worked. Don't forget to change your BIOS to Legacy or MBR boot. Good luck!
    Last edited by phillofoc; 10-06-2013 at 04:11 AM.
    Elitebook 2570p / i7-3632QM / HD4000 / 16GB DDR3L / 128 GB SSD / 500 GB WD Blue / Win7
    Galaxy GTX 650Ti Boost 2GB eGPU
    3DMark06/Vantage/11 = 21269/18535/5083

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    Hello,

    I have issues with my t430 (16GB RAM hd4000 + NVS5400m) and a gtx560ti. I had previously succesfully done a egpu setup on my t420..

    I have more than 3GB of ram installed therefore I encounter error 12. Lastest BIOS running on my t430.

    Basically the problem is that I am stuck at the point where I can't turn off my dgpu from setup DIY eGPU Setup 1.x. before running the compaction..

    In the menus of egpu setup I can only see dgpu-demoted but I don't have the option to turn off the igpu or dgpu... I don't have all the options as the guide is describing.
    All igpu dgpu and egpu are listed on the right hand side..

    If you could help me out on that one.. I have been struggling for a while now.
    Last edited by flight212121; 10-14-2013 at 08:27 PM. Reason: added details.

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