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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  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??




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Welcome to APH :)

You can see what pins are used in the picture. On the side with the tab and the 4-pin block from the 20+4 pin connector disconnected, it's the 4th and 5th wire from the right. See if it works :)

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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?


PSU 24pin Connector pin outs.jpg

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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..

20pin with paper clip.jpg

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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



Edited by chconline
Removed 7zip file

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Thanks for posting! For security and ease of use, it'd be really awesome if you can post the pics :) If they're too large you can use imgur and hotlink them. Thanks so much!

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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'...







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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.


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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
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.

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

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.

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

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!
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:


Cut down Tower with PSU & Graphics card 3.jpg

Cut down Tower with PSU & Graphics card.jpg

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Welcome to APH :) This is an English language forum so please use English. The OP is from the UK and you can check the price of computer parts at UK retailers like Scan, Ebuyer, Overclockers, and of course, Amazon.

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