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Teknotronix

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  1. Teknotronix

    eGPU experiences [version 2.0]

    Cheers, I've just done that now, but I'm not convinced that's the cause. Steady as she goes.
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    eGPU experiences [version 2.0]

    Just an update on how my system is running. I have been experiencing random ATI driver failures which requires me to reset the TH05 and reboot my MacBook. These can happen at any time and I can't isolate the problem to any one variable, but my best guess at this point in time is that Flash in Google Chrome is the issue. The type of crash is the same as what I have experienced on another one of my computers which also has an ATI card running in eyefinity mode, so I don't think its related to the TH05 setup. I am seriously considering switching to Nvidia but I require a single card that can do 3 or 4 screens at 2560x1440. This setup is not for games but only productivity work (I am a software developer so I mainly run only VS and MSSQL environments). Any suggestions?
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    TH05 Recall Notice

    I just noticed that all Thunderbolt product have been removed from the Bplus website. Wowsers!
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    TH05 Recall Notice

    Here is the detail of the correspondence. I know it's a legitimate set of emails because it was originally a reply to the paypal record they had of my purchase. I am not likely to return my board because it's working fine for my purposes and is used for a mission critical machine in my business. This is sad if they are stopping production. First email: "Recall notification. Dear ****, Thanks for your interest in our TH05. Since this item is engineering sample which hasn’t got final approval yet, and there are still some compatible issues existed between MacBook and them. If you agree with this recall activity, we are pleased to refund all price to you as soon as we could. Please contact with us for further return procedure. Sincerely yours, ******." Second email after I complained about how I can't return it because I use it for work purposes: "We are very sorry for this situation.> As we are not able to provide TH05 any more, so we think it is muchsafer > for you to use other products in case that TH05 is broken. > We think "Magma ExpressBox 3T" or "Sonnet Echo™Express and Echo Express Pro" > can work well. > https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products?tid=8&field_company_nid=All> In the future, we would like to provide similar product, however, weare not > able to provide at present. > > For return and refund information, we will send another e-mail toyou > for detailed information. > > Again, we are very sorry for it and thank you for yourunderstanding. > > > Best Regards, " Next email after I asked for the technical reasons for the recall: " TH05 will be no longer available in the future. So, there is no replacement when TH05 in your system is broken. Also, it is not recommended to use engineering sample for your product. That is why we propose to use other certified Thunderbolt products. Thank you for your understanding. Best Regards, "
  5. Are you using rEFIT? If so you have introduced a variable that may affect the outcome. Try following the guides to the letter and see if it makes a difference. Good Luck!
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    TH05 Recall Notice

    Hi everyone, I recently received an email from BPlus offering a full refund on the TH05 because it did not get final approval and has compatibility issues with Macbooks. They also said they will no longer offer it for sale as of this time, even going as far as recommending I purchase a Magma Express or Sonnet Echo. Did any of you get the same email? This email came out of nowhere and was not prompted by me via any support claim. Cheers. Bplus product Brief (PDF)
  7. On my mac, there is an error during the install process, once all the setup files are installed, that stops you installing it directly on the mac in UEFI mode.
  8. Added another known issue I have been experiencing to the guide: - Windows does not remember the layout of the physical monitors relative to one another after reboot If anyone knows why this is happening I would like to know the solution.
  9. Glad I could help! I too tried the UEFI Windows 8 DVD install directly on the MacBook, however it had an error(which I cannot remember the details of) right at the end of the point where it was installing the system files after the formatting section. This would happen right when it was finishing and getting ready to do its first reboot. I did not try the USB method, so perhaps that would work.
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    eGPU experiences [version 2.0]

    I've documented my setup instructions for a 17" MacBook Late 2011 + TH05 + Win 8 here: 17" Macbook Pro Late 2011 + TH05 + Win 8 Setup Guide
  11. I've documented my setup instructions for a 17" MacBook Late 2011 + TH05 + Win 8 here: http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-gpu-projects/2385-17-macbook-pro-late-2011-th05-win-8-setup-guide.html
  12. Hi all, The following steps were performed successfully with the following setup: - Apple MacBook Pro 17” Late 2011. 2.4 Ghz Core i7, 16GB RAM - TH05 Thunderbolt to PCI-Ex Adapter - ATI Radeon 7770 Graphics Adapter (Eyefinity) The following install arrangement is ideal if you wish to have only Windows installed without Mac OSX. Although it requires another PC with UEFI to install Windows 8, these steps are only required once if you make an image of the working base setup once complete using your choice of backup tool. Shadow Protect is an invaluable tool for things of this nature. The result is a fully functioning eGPU setup. The integrated MacBook screen will continue to run under the default VGA. Known issues with this setup (As of time of writing 11/11/12): - Cannot use sleep mode. Caused by the limitations of the default VGA driver in Windows. - Shut down process seems to freeze and will require manual hard shut down with power button once screen turns black. Restart works correctly. - Integrated and dedicated graphics drivers do not work (Code 39 and Code 43 respectively). However built in screen continues to work with default VGA driver. - Sound card does not work (Code 10) - Booting requires the use of the “alt option” key - Cannot update the driver for the integrated Intel GPU - Windows does not remember the layout of the physical monitors relative to one another after reboot - Requires a second PC that is UEFI compatible to initially install Windows 8 UEFI Steps: 1. Obtain a copy of the Apple Boot camp Drivers. These can be downloaded through the Boot camp application within Mac OSX. 2. Obtain a copy of the latest ATI Catalyst drivers with control center. Using 12.11 Beta 4 at the time of writing. 3. Install Windows 8 on another machine that is UEFI compatible. Make sure that the boot order is configured so that it boots the Windows 8 install DVD as UEFI and not regular boot. Note: A good way to confirm you are in UEFI mode during Windows setup is that you will get four partitions created by the partition/format tool when setting up the installation on a fresh, unformatted drive with no previous partitions. Another indicator is that Windows 8 installation uses the native screen resolution if EFI gets recognized. If not you'll see the common low resolution installation. 4. Complete entire install/reboot process on that same machine until you can login and begin using Windows 8 5. Remove HDD from the setup machine and install it inside the target MacBook 6. Make sure your MacBook will not be able to connect to the internet 7. Boot the MacBook, holding down the “alt option” key so that you can select the “EFI Boot” HDD you just installed inside. You will have to use this method of booting at all times into the future as you are using this HDD with a UEFI instance of Windows 8 installed, which the MacBook BIOS emulation system cannot initiate by itself. 8. Windows will now boot but will not reach the login screen. It fails due to a bug prone version of the drivers for the integrated GPU. Leave the black screen for 5-15 minutes and then shut down by holding the power button. 9. Boot again, this time immediately power off the MacBook at the Windows 8 loading screen by holding down the power button when you see the blue windows logo. You want to do this quickly so it does not progress past this point. 10. Boot again, this time Windows will take you to the Windows Recovery system if step 9 was performed correctly. If not, perform steps 9 and 10 until you succeed. 11. In the Recovery system, select the US keyboard option. This is important for the following step. 12. In the Recovery system, select Troubleshoot->Advanced Options->Command Prompt. Enter the following command: [INDENT][I]del c:windowssystem32driversigdkmd64.sys[/I][/INDENT] This command will delete the bug prone driver for the integrated GPU that was causing the black screen during the boot process. 13. Reboot into Windows 8 and login 14. Disable Windows Update 15. Install Apple Boot camp Drivers in Windows 8 by navigating to “WindowsSupportSetup” within the Boot camp driver folder you downloaded. Use “Run as Administrator” option under the right click context menu. A restart will need to be applied. 16. All drivers for the hardware will be working, with the exception of the dedicated ATI graphics adapter (Code 43), integrated Intel graphics adapter (Code 39) and the sound card (Code 10) 17. Install ATI catalyst drivers. Use “Run as Administrator” option under the right click context menu. 18. Optional. Disable the ATI dedicated GPU and Integrated Intel GPU within Device Manager. “Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Device Manager” 19. Shutdown computer. You may need to perform a hard shutdown once the screen turns black. 20. Attach TH05 to thunderbolt port of the MacBook without graphics card installed. Ensure that SW2 is in position 3 and SW1 is in position 1. Attach power cable to the TH05 main board. 21. Power on the TH05 using the supplied power supply main connector power switch 22. Boot MacBook 23. After logging back in to Windows, it should recognize the TH05 and install its drivers. This is confirmed by seeing “Thunderbolt” as one of the attached devices in the notification area of the system tray. 24. Shutdown computer. You may need to perform a hard shutdown once the screen turns black. 25. Power off the TH05 26. Install ATI graphics card into TH05, including any power cables required for the graphics card 27. Power on the TH05 28. Boot MacBook 29. Optional. After logging back into Windows, go to Device Manager, right click on the top most computer level in the tree and “Scan for new hardware”. Windows should find the newly installed graphics card. 30. Optional. Reboot MacBook. Leave the TH05 powered on and connected via Thunderbolt. 31. The new graphics card should be fully functional without any code 12 or 34 errors. Success!!!! 32. Connect to the internet 33. Enable Windows Update, however do not allow it to automatically update the driver for the Intel integrated graphics as you will need to perform steps 9-12 again. The preferred option is “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. 34. Optional. Take a backup copy of this new base install using your preferred backup utility. Thanks to Shelltoe for info that helped me get it working: http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-gpu-projects/2367-macbook-pro-retina-15-gtx-560-ti-%40-th05.html
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