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Hi Nando

I have MacBook pro Late 2011 15inch

I have bought akitio thunder 2 pcie box, evga GeForce 750 ti ftw, pcie riser and evga 500 watts psu.

do you know how to make this set up to work?

and I have bought your software egpu set up

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does that mean that I cant get this working?

We have a working example as linked previously. You'd need to install Win8.1 in EFI mode per the instructions given there.

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Hi Tech Inferno Fan,

I am interested to add eGPU to my laptop (Dell XPS 15 L502X), and I have intel (HD3000) and nvidia (GT540M) graphics card in laptop. My question is if I disable nvidia card in laptop with your setup 1.x to get optimus function, will that nvidia card (GT540M) be disabled even if i unplug my eGPU from laptop? Exp. I have to take my laptop on faculty, and I have to leave my eGPU at home.

I hope you understand my question, and I want to send you this in pm but I am new forum user so I have to post here. :D

Many thanks for answer in advance.

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Hi Tech Inferno Fan,

I am interested to add eGPU to my laptop (Dell XPS 15 L502X), and I have intel (HD3000) and nvidia (GT540M) graphics card in laptop. My question is if I disable nvidia card in laptop with your setup 1.x to get optimus function, will that nvidia card (GT540M) be disabled even if i unplug my eGPU from laptop? Exp. I have to take my laptop on faculty, and I have to leave my eGPU at home.

I hope you understand my question, and I want to send you this in pm but I am new forum user so I have to post here. :D

Many thanks for answer in advance.

If you configure the dGPU to be disabled via Setup 1.30 then it will only do so if you boot via Setup 1.30. So in your case, when you want to attach the eGPU you do that. When you take the system to facility you'd boot normally without going via Setup 1.30.

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If you configure the dGPU to be disabled via Setup 1.30 then it will only do so if you boot via Setup 1.30. So in your case, when you want to attach the eGPU you do that. When you take the system to facility you'd boot normally without going via Setup 1.30.

Ok, thanks for info. I will buy everything and try to make it work :D

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I have moved on from core 2 duo HP Elitebook/Probook machines so won't be committing any further time to making modded bios for them.

However, if you want a modded bios then suggest download one ofthe existing modded bios, review the changelog and apply similar/same steps to your required 6530s bios to enable dual IDA.

Unfortunately the BIOS HDX9xxx_sp51602_SLIC21_no_whitelist_dualIDA.zip doesn't contain slic2.1 but slic2.0 at least for ati. Could you please add correct slic21?

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Intel's TB3 will have another competitor providing x4 3.0 in the form of PCI SIG's Oculink. The Holy Grail of notebook PCs, external graphics, is coming soon via Oculink | PCWorld tells us:

<h1>The Holy Grail of notebook PCs, external graphics, is coming soon via Oculink</h1>

<h2>Oculink, designed for external PCI Express graphics on notebooks and PCs, could give laptops the graphics punch they need for gaming after hours.</h2>

<img alt="alienware amplifier cable" src="http://core0.staticworld.net/images/article/2015/04/alienware_amplifier_cable-100580642-large.jpg" />

<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/author/Mark-Hachman/">Mark Hachman</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/markhachman" target="_blank">@markhachman</a>

Senior Editor, PCWorld

<ul> <li>Jun 23, 2015 1:14 PM</li></ul>

Every time you buy a notebook PC, you have to make a choice: low-cost integrated graphics, or expensive, discrete GPU? With the upcoming PCI Express OCuLink cable, you may not have to—you could dock your notebook into an external graphics card, instead. <em>(Editor's note: That spelling of the brand name is not a typo, but we'll be writing it as "Oculink" for the rest of this article.)</em>

And the best part? It’s almost here.

The PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) has been quietly working on the Oculink cable for at least two years. In a press briefing Tuesday, executives said that Revision 0.9 of the spec is being reviewed now, and that the final specification, version 1.0, is due in the third quarter. Historically, hardware makers have begun developing final products once the 0.9 specification was completed, implying that Oculink-capable products are just months away.

<a href="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2015/06/oculink-usage-models-100593009-orig.png"><img alt="oculink usage models" src="http://images.techhive.com/images/article/2015/06/oculink-usage-models-100593009-large.png" style="height:369px; width:580px" /></a>

OcuLink usage models include external storage and graphics. Note the connectors built into the sides of the monitor and notebook.

“The primary usage model is as a docking cable,” said Al Yanes, president and chairman of the PCI SIG. “But it could be graphics, it could be storage, it could be networking...but yes, graphics could be one.”

<a href="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2015/06/oculink-diagram-100593007-orig.png"><img alt="oculink diagram" src="http://images.techhive.com/images/article/2015/06/oculink-diagram-100593007-medium.png" style="height:207px; width:300px" /></a>

The OcuLink diagram. Note the pair of cables.

<h2>More bandwidth, less power</h2>

The PCI SIG is responsible for advancing the main PCI Express spec forward, but also expanding the technology outside the box, so to speak. On Tuesday, Yanes and others said that the next version of PCI Express, version 4.0, is due in the second half of 2016, with support for 64Gb/sec from a x16 connection. A version for M.2 storage (the flash storage built into tablets and some laptops) is currently in its earliest definition stages. Finally, the SIG continues to cut power, developing a “quarter swing mode” for PCIe 4.0 that will consume only 200 milliwatts. 

<a href="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2015/06/pci-express-4.0-specs-100593006-orig.png"><img alt="pci express 4.0 specs" src="http://images.techhive.com/images/article/2015/06/pci-express-4.0-specs-100593006-medium.png" style="height:134px; width:300px" /></a>

The PCI Express progression, in terms of bandwidth.

But it’s the Oculink cable that could have the most profound impact upon the industry. 

“Oculink is pretty much done,” Yanes said. “We went through a little feedback and change from the final review.”

According to Yanes, Oculink could be used both inside and outside the PC. Inside the PC, it’s possible the cable could be used to allow extra flexibility, allowing hardware makers to place components as they like. Externally, the SIG sees Oculink as a standard cabling solution for very low-cost I/O disambiguation. 

But there’s one catch right now: the bandwidth. Right now, Oculink supports only X1, X2, and X4 widths, rather than the 16 lanes (x16) usually allocated to graphics cards. Support for x8 and x16 is coming, but in a future revision. That doesn’t mean, however, that external graphics solutions will be as underpowered as you might think—as our Gordon Mah Ung reported, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/cms/article/Alienware,%20however,%20feels%204GB/s%20is%20plenty.%20For%20the%20record,%20Thunderbolt%202%20is%20about%202.5GB/s.%20There%E2%80%99s%20some%20testing%20to%20support%20that%20%E2%80%9Cwhatevs%E2%80%9D%20approach.%20Puget%20Systems%20found%20no%20appreciable%20difference%20between%20x16%20and%20x8%20and%20between%20Gen%202%20and%20Gen%203.%20Puget%20didn%E2%80%99t%20throttle%20it%20down%20to%20x4%20Gen%203,%20but%20it%20did%20test%20x8%20Gen%202,%20which%20is%20the%20same%20data%20rate.%20Likewise,%20Techpowerup.com%20tests%20also%20found%20no%20appreciable%20impact.">Alienware doesn’t believe that a 4X PCIe connection will be a problem</a>, and other vendors back up Alienware, too. (An X4 connection will support 32Gb/s in each direction.) The SIG says that they’ll have both copper and optical cables, as well.

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