NOTE: (i) This software requires that you are using MBR/BIOS mode rather than GPT/UEFI mode
. An easy way to check is fire up and confirm Device Manager->Disk Drives->[choose disk]->Volumes->Populate->Partition Style = Master Boot Record (MBR) as shown here
. If it says GPT then you are using UEFI and would need to change the BIOS setting to CSM/Legacy AND either do a non-destructive GPT-to-MBR partition conversion process
or reinstall Windows with that bios setting where it would create new MBR-based partitions. There is experimental UEFI chainloading included in Setup 1.30 however I've had little success in getting it to work.
To do a disk image installation that provides a DIY eGPU Setup 1.x
option at your XP/Vista/Win7 bootloader, extract to c:\eGPU then run as an ADMIN user the following. Ensure User Access Control us turned off (control panel, search for "UAC", click "Change User Account Control settings", to "Never notify", reboot. Running c:\eGPU\setup-disk-image
will result in this
structure. Can setup the files manually as shown in that link if there is a problem with setup-disk-image.
:: defrag the disk image, a pre-requisite for being able to be used as a disk
:: image, add XP/Vista/Win7 bootloader to contain a DIY eGPU Setup 1.x
:: menuitem. The disk image will be read and *written* to exactly as if it was
:: a floppy/USB drive. Advantage being faster speed and more convenience
:: than a USB bootdisk.
:: Mount disk image as V:
:: Create devcon.txt file. The ACPI PNP resource list (devcon.txt) provides
:: additional allocation boundaries so your system doesn't freeze due to PCI
:: allocation over prohibited ranges
Create a USB stick. This must be done if you have GPT partitions (UEFI-boot) but is optional for BIOS-MBR boot instead of the disk image install.
1. Download and install RMPrepUSB [~6MB]
2. Ensure you've run c:\eGPU\eGPU-Setup-mount.bat so have a V:[DIYEGPUIMG] drive
3. Run RMPrepUSB, set options as shown in red here to copy the disk image onto a bootable USB stick
If want to remove the DIY eGPU Setup 1.x XP/Vista/Win7 bootloader menuitem then run c:\eGPU\uninstall-disk-image
and delete the \eGPU folder.
[Optional] Place shortcut to C:\eGPU\eGPU-Setup-Mount.bat
into your Windows Startup Folder to mount the DIY eGPU Setup disk image as v: drive on bootup. It is handy to have access to make changes using notepad to v:\config\startup.bat, v:\config\pci.bat, v:\config\devcon.txt and access v:\diag diagnostic output files.