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  1. Hi did ya get into the zip file? How are your projects? Hope this uploads ok:- You are here because the kit you have won’t work together……yet. WARNING: this may not be 100% accurate for your systems. I just followed advice from a fair few people on various forums and ended up with a very workable system, not perfect. Disclaimer: I do not accept any responsibility for how you carry out any work on your systems, I have no connection to any suppliers, equipment nor software mentioned in these pages, other than being a customer and purchased products for my own use. Please, if you are not comfortable or lacking the technical skills with performing any procedures in this document then, find someone who is qualified/capable. Your safety, those around you and property is in your hands. My trusty aging Laptop: Lenovo G560 Intel Core i3-380M, Intel HD Graphics, BIOS 29CN38WW (V2.15), 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM, 500Gb SSD. Hardware purchased/used: V8.0 EXP GDC Beast, (HDMI – Mini PCI-E, for my system): seller web sites will have details on what is generally compatible with yours, check it out, do your research! Ensure compatibility with your system. ATX PSU: you may have one lying around or purchase one. Mine is a 550W & is modular. Graphics Card: you may have one lying around or purchase one. Mine is GTX960. Monitor: again a spare, TV or purchase. (Different suppliers/prices out there, ‘surf & make your own choice, to your budget’) Ideas and guidance: https://aphnetworks.com/forums/ https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/ https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html https://***********/egpu-setup-13x/ This is a guide to how I got my project up and running using the EXP GDC/mPCIe version, (left out the stuff where I went wrong) follow at your own ‘peril’! I suspect if you have similar specs to mine you should be successful. I gathered up the following. ONE ATX PSU = Paper clip trick! Installed into the 24-20pin connector, looking vertically with the tab on the right inserted paper clip in the 4th & 5th down on the right side (green & black). This is to confuse the PSU in thinking it is attached to a motherboard! TWO EXP GDC = purchase the correct version in relation to how you intend to connect it to your laptop (mPCIe, NGFF/M.2 or Express card), the PTD switch I set in the middle. THREE I connected these together = PSU, Graphics, EXP GDC & External Monitor all connected up and running as per instructions (used an old tower chassis, but NOT connected to laptop yet) The next stages should (hopefully) get you through to the end of these notes with your laptop display actually viewed on the extra monitor via the EXP GDC & Graphics card of your choice. Page 2 of 5 FOUR Laptop (a.) = Hopefully, your laptops only have the ‘Intel (R) HD Graphics’ on board (part of processor). If you have a ‘dedicated GPU’, could be NVidia or AMD, you’ll have to uninstall those drivers completely also in the registry, as they’ll interfere with what were’re try to achieve. Go here: https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html As, we proceed the next stages find that we will go against some of these recommendations, which will ‘void’ any warranties, shouldn’t damage anything as, my gear is still working!. You are still under no obligation to continue and in the same boat as me, as I have done the same. I am NOT responsible for your actions, you continue at your own risk. Laptop (b.) = At this point your BIOS may be holding you back. Check for an updated one from the manufacturer, download and re-flash(with original backed up) it as per their instructions. BIOS = I updated Bios with new menu’s but, after trial and error, I found that I only needed to disable the ‘PXE boot to LAN’. Laptop (c.) = Still having problems (I did), the next was from further advice from forums: start laptop (not yet connected to your rig) with wireless card still connected, once in windows, open device manager and see that the wireless card is there. Now, as my laptop has its removable/upgradeable components under one easy access panel, I proceeded (hopefully yours is too). Removed bottom panel, unplugged the antenna from the wireless card and carefully removed the card and connected the mPCIe in its place. I replaced bottom panel ‘loosely’ so it does not ‘pinch’ HDMI cable. I will eventually cut a suitable hole/slot for the cable later-ish. Some have found ways to route the cable or remove their CD/DVD device to feed it through, so they then can tuck the cable away when not in use, choice is yours! Look in device manager and the wireless card should have gone and no errors. Rebooted and ensured no errors. Shut down laptop & connecting the HDMI end of the adapter to the EXP GDC (rig) and got the reboots again with black screens. Rebooted, without the cable attached to EXP GDC (rig). Laptop (d.) = Next, to move on, I shut down laptop, removed mPCIe end rebooted laptop. I Also suggested that you purchase the following software for around $15. DIY eGpu Setup 1.35 = https://***********/egpu-setup-13x/ (‘******’ will then email you with link for the download, instructions and links to tutorial videos. Well worth this small investment). Page 3 of 5 Downloaded & installed = DIY eGpu Setup 1.35 Then rebooted as instructed, on reboot I now have two options after the ‘BIOS’ loaded: ‘Windows 7 (or your version of windows) or DIY eGPU Setup 1.35’. Selected Windows. I watched ******’s ‘Configuration Walkthrough’ video demonstrating how he set up the DIY eGPU Setup 1.35 on his machine and I wrote down all his steps/selections. After forming this script, where his particular components are entered or selected, I amended to show my components details. (see annex 1), this is my setup, you may need to enter your machines details! Five Connected HDMI end to EXP GDC, leaving the mPCIe end dangling! Rebooted, and press F12/F8 to pause boot, quickly ‘hot plug’ (everything is on) the mPCIe end to the empty WiFi connector in laptop, then select setup 1.35 and follow document at annex. Once completed, try a reboot into windows, if black screen, disconnect HDMI end, load windows then reconnect HDMI. Open device manager, should now show ‘VGA device or your graphics card’. You now need to load drivers for your graphics card, download or CD/DVD. After drivers loaded disconnect HDMI end and reboot, reconnect HDMI, setup/configure your new graphics card. Enjoy. (note: your laptop may now be fine with having everything connected on boot up. Mine is not, I still have to hot plug HDMI to EXP GDC, but it works! If screen attached to eGPU doesn’t switch straight away or at all. Right click anywhere on desktop select “screen resolution” and should have options to select graphics acrd and choice of screens. Page 5 of 5 Annex 1 On startup:- Select: DIY eGPU setup 1.35 Select: option 3 DIY eGPU setup 1.35 menu base Should load another set of menus. Select: start up bat Select: reset Go back to and select: PCIe Ports Select: Gen 2 port Select: ‘your card’ Select: do link retraining & yes Which will take you back and invite you to re enter menu Go back 2 menus Select: video cards Select: iGPU ON Select: PCI compaction Select: end point Select: end point 56. 25gb-36bit Warning message: Select: any key Back a menu Select: run compact Select: eGPU And some dos text appears and runs Invitation to enter menus again Select: chainloader Select: MBR A tick should appear next to mbr Select: test run Then try load windows If nothing, try a new reboot Should now reboot select Windows (section 5, para 2 on page 5) I've trimmed an old tower case, painted and have my eGPU finished-ish.....
  2. Hi Guys, any news as to how you are getting on with your projects, I left a bit off that Guide, I know it's obvious but, I should've realised... "If screen attached to eGPU doesn’t switch straight away or at all. Right click anywhere on desktop select “screen resolution” and should have options to select graphics card and choice of screens". oops..
  3. Hi again..... well chuffed with the original, had loadsa piccy's... never mind. Here's a chopped version hope it's ok. It's in a 7 zip file. Cheers WIP Complete setup guide.7z
  4. Hi Guys n Gals... well, I rushed the guide a bit, but file is too big, I bunged into a zip file and still too big... bear with me....
  5. yeah I found his links on his setup page. I only looked at the 'config' video and made a script to follow, worked a treat!
  6. Hi there... That guide I promised is still in 'W.I.P.', didn't realise what a pain it'll be! I get so far and then I start to ramble without realising, then have to redo it. Should have it tomorrow. How are you all?
  7. Hi guys.. had it all installed and running mid-afternoon, thanks for all your guidance. gonna make a guide for my particular setup and post it here, hope it'll be of use to someone.
  8. Hi... no worries, have been in contact with the owner and purchased from him. gonna try it out once installed.
  9. Hey, buddy... it's just gone 1.10 A.M. gonna have to call it a day or night for now! Don't know what time it is there, but, when would it be convenient to resume tomorrow??
  10. what failed??? lol I'm face book if you think It'll help? Listed as: Geoffrey S Jones
  11. Hi, nice to see someone about! Yeah, I already did the Bios a few days ago, didn't notice anything about 'hot plugging', a bit nervous about that. There were quite a few new items in the Menu, If only I knew what it all meant.... lol. Are you saying that I should hot-plug the mpcie end to my motherboard?? Oh, no..... I don't have to down grade my memory??? got 1x 2Gb on order!! .... I'll find some use for it. Been having another 'play' with this setup. Forgotten that there is a switch on front of lappie that turns wifi on/off, thought perhaps this is where I've been going wrong! Nope, that didn't work.... figured that would be too easy! So, if I've done everything that I can with the BIOS & nowt works, or, seems to be trying too... where next? What's this 'software tool' and what's the cost of it??
  12. Hi again, thanks for quick response. I've read quite a few forums on the subject and a few 'you-tubes' too... Not seen my laptop on any lists suggesting it will all work, but, I've not seen any lists suggesting it will not either!! My internal graphics is 'Intel (R) HD Graphics', so I don't think it need disabling/un-installing I may be wrong)? I would be concerned about disabling the onboard graphic, as it'll turn it into a 'brick' iof I can't get the external to work!! The laptop boots fine without the EXP GDC connected and the mpci-e adapter is in the laptop wifi slot. as I said in first post: a:)With everything connected (monitor on HDMi), the lappie boots, black screen, then reboots in a loop. b:)With everything connected (monitor on VGA), the lappie boots, black screen displays " "NVIDIA GeForce GTX960 VGA BIOS VERSION 70.26.37.00.01 Copyright © 1996-2016 4096 ram" before it restarts again into the loop! Laptop has 8Gb ram, read somewhere that I may have to reduce to 2Gb? mentions What is the 'Setup 1.35' software I've seen in various posts? This paragraph = = 3. A black bootup screen or ACPI_BIOS_ERROR windows bootup BSOD mentions 'hot plugging' but the instructions with the kit says NOT to hot plug! ... Help... lol
  13. Hi, thanks for responding. What's this ???? = Have you removed the mPCI blacklist? Get a whitlist removed bios and flash it.. I did this, gave me more menu's but couldn't find how to switch off on-board graphics!! Regarding, disabling onboard graphics, if I do find how to do this in bios, would it not allow use of laptop to be used elsewhere without the eGPU?? or, you'd need to re-enable it by removing cmos battery, this is soldered on the G560 motherboard!! Is this what you are referring to?? = 3. A black bootup screen or ACPI_BIOS_ERROR windows bootup BSOD I'm a little nervous with the laptop being live and removing and installing on motherboard! are you sure that it won't do damage?? Appreciate all the help I can get!
  14. Hi Guys n Gals. I have my trusty old G560 and looking to play better games! so I purchase the EXP GDC, GTX960 and a PSU. The lappie has Intel Core i3-380M, Intel HD Graphics, 29CN38WW (V2.15) BIOS, 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM, 500Gb SSD. With everything connected (monitor on HDMi), the lappie boots, black screen, then reboots in a loop. With everything connected (monitor on VGA), the lappie boots, black screen displays " "NVIDIA GeForce GTX960 VGA BIOS VERSION 70.26.37.00.01 Copyright © 1996-2016 4096 ram" before it restarts again into the loop! Unsure what else to try.. any ideas?
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