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    Default Re: DIY ViDock Experiences

    I just bought a Lenovo Y470 with:
    i7 2630
    8GB RAM
    500GB 7200rpm HD
    Onboard Nvidia GT 550m/Intel HD Graphics
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    I plan to hook up my 5870 to this.

    My M1330 got exactly 8500 3dmark06, the GT550m gets around 8800, and I'm expecting my 5870 hooked up to my new laptop (PM3N) to get around 14000-16000.

    Every single game at max settings except for Crysis, here I come.

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    Well guys, I'd like to report a success!

    It turns out my BSOD problems WERE PSU related, so I bought a dual 12v rail PSU and I'm yet to have any problems!

    The specs of my laptop are:

    Dell Inspiron 1545
    Intel Pentium Dual Core T4400 @ 2.2GHz
    2x2GB DDR2 600MHz RAM
    Intel 4500MHD
    500GB Toshiba SATA hard drive
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
    PE4L 1.4
    APower 680w PSU (Dual 12v rails, one 22A, the other 20A)
    1GB MSI NVidia GT430 Storm II Overclock Edition

    I don't have 3DMark06 at the moment so I'll post scores later.
    Optimus is working well and I'm pulling a solid 80 - 90 FPS in Half-Life 2!
    Thanks for all the help guys!
    Last edited by bache; 30th May 2011 at 05:58 AM.

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    I downloaded the most recent DIYViDock-Setup-10e8.exe and now I have the V: drive but when I go into the devcon folder and run the devcon.exe I'm still not having the devcon.txt file show up anywhere
    Last edited by Chexmix321; 30th May 2011 at 11:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pushead View Post
    ummm help please?
    You might have a defective PE4L. I'd try getting a replacement.

    @Nando

    I do like the eGPU name btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pushead View Post
    ummm help please?
    Which mini HDMI cable are you using to connect to the EC2C from the PE4L (or PE4H)?
    Is it the stock one that came with it?
    I read in the FAQ while selecting my parts that some users had troubles with the stock connecting cable that comes with the kit. There is a link to an aftermarket one from a place like Dealextreme or something like that for $5.60.
    I'm new to this, don't even have my parts yet, but I went ahead and ordered the replacement mini HDMI cable at the same time I ordered the other parts, just in case.
    Lian Li PC-6, Gigabyte GA-78LMT, Phenom II x6 1055T @ 3.5ghz, 2x4gb Crucial RAM, Crucial M4 128gb, 500gb, 1tb, GTX 460, Dell 2408wfp
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    I finally got it detected by changing the jumper settings, and setting the SW1 switch. But now, I have trouble getting the drivers to work. I downloaded the 270.61 with nvam.inf file.

    How do I do it exactly? I put the nvam.inf file in the Display.Driver folder, and when I go to install the nvidia drivers it says I need to install the Intel drivers first, which I already did. Not sure what I am missing here
    Last edited by pushead; 30th May 2011 at 12:50 PM.

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    Hey nando, I like the idea of getting a logo for it. Too bad I'm not remotely artistic or a designer.
    Anyone here into graphic design?
    When I'm done building my external case for it a logo sticker on it would be pretty sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nando4 View Post
    Only ICH7M, ICH8M and ICH9M show 15-30% improved performance when the x1E tweak is engaged. The Series-5 chipset tested with a HD5xxx saw no improvement. Furthermore, the 3dmark06 SM 3.0 value of HD58xx/HD6xxx implementations on Series-5 chipsets on the first post again suggest it's running crippled x1 performance.
    Thanks for the clarification.

    Oh wow. HM55 is digging a deeper and deeper grave! Though it is sold as pci-e 2.0 x1 it even performs less than pci-e 1.0 x1? *Face Palm*

    Preparing for Problems:

    One: Here is a picture of the mpci-e slot I will be using. Looks like its going to be a tight fit and will definitely need to trim the PM3N. Hope the HDMI boot doesn't get in the way.

    Two: Trying to understand what PCI allocation my bios is using for the internal 5470 mobility. From device manager I see it has 3 memory allocations:

    AFFFFFFF - A0000000 = FFFFFFF = 28 bit(?)
    B201FFFF - B2000000 = 1FFFF = 16 bit(?)
    BFFFF - A0000 = 1FFFF = 16 bit(?)

    From this information what does this say about my BIOS pci allocation? Problems ahead when I try the 5770? Could we lower the risk of eGPU by analyzing thing's such as the above before actually buying the hardware and investing the $$.

    This is for a 64bit Win7 Home Prem. Acer Aspire 5742G with most up-to-date bios (1.21v)

    Thanks for any help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chexmix321 View Post
    I downloaded the most recent DIYViDock-Setup-10e8.exe and now I have the V: drive but when I go into the devcon folder and run the devcon.exe I'm still not having the devcon.txt file show up anywhere
    if you upgraded from a previous version there should be a version of the devcon.txt in your C drive.
    If not then make sure you follow the spoiler in step 2 of How do I create the Setup 1.x bootloader menuitem (XP/Vista/W7) or USB bootdisk? in this post.

    Edit: Following the steps u might not find the folders i386 etc within \devcon\ but i just ran devcon command in this folder anyway. @Nando is this something which only happened for me or was this changed in the new Setup beta?
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    Got the Devcon File working, now im just having the issue of my computer freezing when trying to disable the igpu in the diy menu setup

 

 

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