Jump to content

NevsMate

Members
  • Content Count

    7
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Neutral

About NevsMate

  • Rank
    Newbie

Profile Information

  • Location
    I drive citroen c3 and Honda Goldwing GL1100
  1. NevsMate

    Laptop & External Graphics Card

    well, if anyone is interested, I've played with my script:- 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.bios-mods.com/ https://aphnetworks.com/tutorials/psu_paperclip_trick https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html https://egpu.io/egpu-setup-13x/ Software purchased: BIOS unlocked with more menu’s: https://www.bios-mods.com/ join forum make enquiries regarding unlocking your particular systems BIOS version, (may not have a fix, no harm in asking!) Make a donation as a thank you when successful. DIY eGpu Setup 1.35: https://egpu.io/egpu-setup-13x/ creates a second item in your boot menu, for trouble shooting and setting up your (new) system. You will be emailed with link to program and instructions. Well worth the $15. (Price at time document created). 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. Some of these have ‘hidden menu functions’: Find/request update to unlock it from here: https://www.bios-mods.com/ leave a donation. 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.io/egpu-setup-13x/ (‘Nando’ 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 Nando’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) .... & finished item:
  2. NevsMate

    Laptop & External Graphics Card

    Thought no one was interested! I wanted to share how I got my aging old laptop to work with a desktop graphics card (set up externally).. Had to chop my original script enough and zip it top put on here, but it got 'blocked'... end of.
  3. NevsMate

    Laptop & External Graphics Card

    Hi, Yeah, the document turned out to be over 14mb!! even when zipped came down to nearly 4mb... Piccy's aren't really much without the rest of it. But, I will look at 'Imgur & hotlink'... Cheers!
  4. NevsMate

    Laptop & External Graphics Card

    Hi all, well cuffed to get it all working, gonna have to dig out some games.... Here's a guide, ain't fool proof but it reflects how I got it to work with lots of help! It's not the original with loadsa piccy's.. it was just too big.. this is the shrunk version.. In a 7 zip file
  5. NevsMate

    Laptop & External Graphics Card

    Hi, yeah found it eventually. as there is another connector that fits into it, I put the paper clip thru' the top! strange that's all it needed after everything that I tried....🤨 although I have everything working, weird that I have to be logged into windows and hot plug the hdmi into the EXP GDC! But, it works.....🤣 trying to remember all the steps I made to get it to work (leaving out all the stuff that didn't) and I'll knock up a guide and post it on here, may help someone with same system as mine! my connector is attached..
  6. NevsMate

    Laptop & External Graphics Card

    Hi, I eventually found the attached.. So, if I visualise this (PS_ON & COM) while a look at my black cabling, I should be good to go? 🤨
  7. Hi all. I recently fell into the, improve your laptop graphics by using the EXP GDC, trap. I have a Lenovo G560 i3 CPU, Intel (R) HD graphics, 8Gb ram, 500Gb ssd. Purchased a EXP GDC mPCIe, GTX960 & using a ATX PSU. Following instructions, updated the BIOS, disable PXE, uninstalled the wifi drivers, no Dedicated Graphics to disable. Connected everything up and..... black screen + rebooting in a loop... so, tried: a:)With everything connected (monitor on HDMi), the lappie boots, black screen on lappie + external monitor, then reboots in a loop. b:)With everything connected (monitor on VGA), the lappie boots, black screen on lappie + monitor displays " "NVIDIA GeForce GTX960 VGA BIOS VERSION 70.26.37.00.01 Copyright © 1996-2016 4096 ram" before it restarts again into the loop! c:) even tried the above combination by removing 1x 4Gb memory. d:) another forum suggested, disconnect everything boot lappie & put to sleep before windows started, connect everything up & wake the lappie.. nope, I just got a bright pink screen on lappie & nowt on the external monitor. I spotted an article from this site by Jonathan Kwan, February 11, 2006 showing the paperclip trip. i would try that but my PSU cables are NOT colour coded, all are black! Any Guru's out there with vast amounts of knowledge and tell me where I'm going wrong?? TIA
×