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    DIY eGPU Setup 1.x

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

    Setup 1.x



    DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 (Sep-2013) >>US$25: Paypal/Credit Card to nando4eva@ymail.com<<

    See the DIY eGPU Setup 1.x Help for menuitem and usage overview. This appears in Setup 1.x 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 also abandoning 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. Will be officially released once HIT's involvement is finalized.




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



    Above: video of how to configure a GTX560Ti eGPU for use on a Lenovo Y460 using Setup 1.x. Shown is how to disable the dGPU, 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.x? >>>

    Setup 1.x 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.x.
    • 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.x? >>>

    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.x 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; 01-12-2014 at 11:55 PM.
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    - GTX670@x1.2Opt 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27673/27398/8278/6233
    - HD7970.Ghz@x1.2 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27148/31295/9586/7300


    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@x2.2 DIY eGPU (TH05) 3dmkGPU:06/10/11=18569/24363/7810

    Which is better? 2570P is 2+ times better at 50% the cost of the MBP making it 4+ 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.
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    12" HP EXtremeBook 2570P i7-3740QM@3.87 HD4000 8GB 256GB S840.Pro SSD + ODD + 500GB HDD eSATAP BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 Ubuntu 13.10 + DIY eGPU (PE4L 2.1b) weapon of choice:

    - GTX670@x1.2Opt 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27673/27398/8278/6233
    - HD7970.Ghz@x1.2 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27148/31295/9586/7300


    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@x2.2 DIY eGPU (TH05) 3dmkGPU:06/10/11=18569/24363/7810

    Which is better? 2570P is 2+ times better at 50% the cost of the MBP making it 4+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Hello all,

    I'm sorry if I repeat this question but I'm thrilled to try out my new graphics card but I'm stuck with error 12..
    I really want to have the setup 1.x and at the same time support everyone who made this beautiful piece of software available to us.

    What happens after you order setup 1.x? do you get a download link? or do you get a cdrom in the mail?
    I hope the first because I live on the other side of the planet so that means I have to wait 6 weeks until I can try it + have to pay 33% taxes..

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    you get a downloadlink after you paid with paypal / creditcard.
     Macbook Pro Retina (Late 2013) | i7-4850HQ | 16GB Ram | 750M GT + Intel Iris Pro + GTX780 eGPU (Sonnet Echo Express III-D TB2)

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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 candidate notebooks • ODD caddy • HP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    12" HP EXtremeBook 2570P i7-3740QM@3.87 HD4000 8GB 256GB S840.Pro SSD + ODD + 500GB HDD eSATAP BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 Ubuntu 13.10 + DIY eGPU (PE4L 2.1b) weapon of choice:

    - GTX670@x1.2Opt 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27673/27398/8278/6233
    - HD7970.Ghz@x1.2 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27148/31295/9586/7300


    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@x2.2 DIY eGPU (TH05) 3dmkGPU:06/10/11=18569/24363/7810

    Which is better? 2570P is 2+ times better at 50% the cost of the MBP making it 4+ times better value => MBP had to go

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    Nando, I've heard mention of Setup 1.2 (or was it 2.0?) but it seems it has not been released yet.....Is there an ETA and what goodies can be look forward to?

    Also, if we purchase 1.x, would we be able to upgrade to 2.0 for free in the near future when it gets released?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d4m1r View Post
    Nando, I've heard mention of Setup 1.2 (or was it 2.0?) but it seems it has not been released yet.....Is there an ETA and what goodies can be look forward to?

    Also, if we purchase 1.x, would we be able to upgrade to 2.0 for free in the near future when it gets released?
    Yes, I have 1.20 available. Has lots of fixes/features but main one for you would be the Macbook Pro support. Unfortunately it's release has been delayed as the HIT distribution chain has been broken something I'm sorting out (REF: Summary: dealing with HIT's abandoned eGPU commitments [customer thread] ).

    So the reworked distribution for Setup 1.20 is either via either a PM on here or an email to me at nando4eva@ymail.com .
    Last edited by nando4; 09-05-2013 at 12:57 AM.
    DIY eGPU • eGPU candidate notebooks • ODD caddy • HP C2D DualIDA BIOS

    12" HP EXtremeBook 2570P i7-3740QM@3.87 HD4000 8GB 256GB S840.Pro SSD + ODD + 500GB HDD eSATAP BCM4352AC WWAN Win7/64 Ubuntu 13.10 + DIY eGPU (PE4L 2.1b) weapon of choice:

    - GTX670@x1.2Opt 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27673/27398/8278/6233
    - HD7970.Ghz@x1.2 3dmkGPU:06/10/11/13-fs=27148/31295/9586/7300


    13" Macbook Pro i5-3210M 3.1 HD4000 8GB 500GB Win7/64 +GTX660Ti@x2.2 DIY eGPU (TH05) 3dmkGPU:06/10/11=18569/24363/7810

    Which is better? 2570P is 2+ times better at 50% the cost of the MBP making it 4+ 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!


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