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DIY eGPU experiences

Discussion in 'e-GPU (External Graphics) Discussion' started by master blaster, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. beatTheRestrictions

    beatTheRestrictions Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for quick reply nlooije

    I figured as much just wanted to verify.

    Well as long as I can get an improvement in BFBC2 with the 5770 over the 5470 I'll be glad

    BTR


    Edit: Quote from Nando which summed it up:

     
  2. noobganster

    noobganster Notebook Guru

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    it is ok if I vidock my x200t with hd5870 eyefinity 6?
     
  3. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    Tested that and modded drivers with LV2GO++. Inf files needed some additional modding for the DIY Vidock GTX, tried both nv_disp.inf and nvak.inf modding as LV2GO++ doc recommends (modded nv_disp.inf w/ overriding Optimus incompatibility warning).

    I tried following setups:

    GPU configuration: Non hybrid, hybrid optimus
    Mobile setting: MS WHQL, LV2GO
    Tool-Set OS: 64bit
    Internal laptop GPU: NVidia GT330M (Sony VAIO VPC-Z with same driver 275.27), Intel HD Graphics disabled in BIOS.

    Either no luck - Optimus enhancements and PCIe compression does not kick in with the laptop's NVidia dGPU as primary. System tools don't show Optimus options and 3DMark scores ~5500 instead of ~15000 with Intel HD Graphics enabled.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. hallucinate

    hallucinate Notebook Enthusiast

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    Went ahead and bypassed the fuse on my PE4H v2.0 by soldering (as indicated in http://forum.notebookreview.com/gam...1-diy-vidock-experiences-152.html#post6641790).

    * update: fewer blackscreen lockup->reboots but they're still happening... :( Maybe the PE4H is dead?

    It did work well enough to go ahead and retest my GT240. Benchmark scores have increased a ton since I took them originally last year (~4500 -> 7500 3dmark6. Updated them in my original post http://forum.notebookreview.com/gam...51-diy-vidock-experiences-57.html#post6232081

    Weird, but cool, I guess! Must be due to the Optimus driver.
     

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  5. LawrenceL

    LawrenceL Newbie

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    Okey dokey, I have connected a 19.75V power supply to the PE4H, and it works fine. I've connected two monitors to the EVGA graphics card, and connected the PCIe adapter to the express card, plugged it in, and...
    Voila!
    With the express card plugged in, it seems to work initially, I get output on the two external monitors, but nothing on the tablet itself. Then the computer wants to restart, and I get the BSOD, the computer goes into repair mode, and restores to a previous time. The nVidia drivers have been downloaded, no modifications to them (not sure exactly how to make the modifications if needed).
    If I start with the express card out, I see only Intel HD graphics as the graphics device in the device manager; when I plug in the express card, the nVidia drivers install, and computer requests restart.
    When I do so, windows starts to open on the two external monitors but not on the tablet, and then I get the BSOD.
    I pulled out the express card, and the display reverted to the tablet.
    So, a couple of questions--
    The external monitors only show up as generic pnp monitors in the device manager, even when I update the drivers, and only when the express card is plugged in. Must they have more specific drivers, and could that be the cause of the BSOD?
    My thought was that the diy video dock was to be hot-swappable. Is the tablet going to have to install and restart every time I unplug the express card?
    When I attempt to open the graphics properties when there is initial success, there is no recognition of the nVidia software, and I have no option for multiple monitors (everything is cloned on the external monitors).
    Any recommendations?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  6. LawrenceL

    LawrenceL Newbie

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    I also did a BIOS update using the Lenovo BIOS utility, worked without any problem, and that was before the last post.
     
  7. pushead

    pushead Notebook Enthusiast

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    Guys

    I tried it with a newer power supply that I bought today, Corsair builder series 430W, with a single 12V rail of 28A, which is more than enough to power my GTX 460. However, I still suffer with the same problem, of my laptop not detecting my card.

    Anybody have any idea what could be wrong? I really could use some help, otherwise its a waste of my money on this setup :(

    thanks
     
  8. mmortal03

    mmortal03 Notebook Guru

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    I'm trying a 1GB ATI HD 5870 on Vista 32-bit w/ 4GB RAM, an HP dv6700 laptop, ICH8, 965 Express Chipset, with Intel Integrated Graphics (Intel GMA X3100), using the ViDock Setup 1.x with bridge compaction, and I'm getting an error 43 in Device Manager.

    When I try installing the Catalyst drivers, it states "incompatible display adapter has been disabled". This is supposedly a Vista problem with multiple graphics cards of different makes. So, I disabled the Intel graphics in device manager, and rebooted, and that fixed the error 43 problem.

    However, Catalyst Control Center doesn't work, and GPU-Z doesn't display correct clock or memory information, and OpenCL isn't checked (which is what I need). Furthermore, I'm not getting a picture outputted from the card to an external monitor.

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  9. noobganster

    noobganster Notebook Guru

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    seeing all these set ups not working, time and money wasted and slow response from the community, I said it is just simply too much risk involved to do a DYI vidock.
     
  10. nlooije

    nlooije Notebook Guru

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    I am sorry you feel that way.
    It is a DO IT YOURSELF Vidock so if you are not willing to spend time or money on it then indeed you are right that this is not for you.
    I disagree with your claim that "all these" setups not working, if you check the first post there is a large table with working setups. As far as i know, if there were problems with setups the more experienced posters in this thread are always willing to help and usually find a solution. It is very uncommon that a setup doesnt work in the end and if there is an instance of this it is because the user gives up prematurely thinking it would be a quick fix.
    If you are dissatisfied with the support of the community than i invite you to give constructive critique on how to improve the community as nando4 has asked for several times.
    Lastly, i would like to say if you are not able to give constructive critique dont give any critique, keep your opinions to yourself and forget about this project and the community. there are people here who spend a lot of time researching ways to improve and test this project. Your post has NO added value to any of these things.
     
  11. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    ^100% agree.

    1. There is no word about it will work with EVERY laptop and DIY implies that you won't get a product working out of the box, it was, is and will be some own work.

    2. What do you mean with slow? I responded to your first post in the forum in 1.5 h:
    3. What about not wasting our time? What type of answer do you honestly expect on a question like that:
    Here is my answer: "Yes, it is ok."

    4. Then buy a desktop pc and be happy with that. In addition to that, community works on the "give and get" principle, what do you give?
     
  12. noobganster

    noobganster Notebook Guru

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    okay, thanks for the reply.

    Say what if I got out now and buy PE4H, PSU and hd5870 which will cost me around $600 including postage, then it turn out it will not work and I have to selling them as used parts. How sure are you that it will work? I am just saying that there will be considerable risk on my behalf as I will be the one who has to investment in the time and money based on your information.
     
  13. FragZero

    FragZero Notebook Consultant

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    If you are that worried get a PE4H - PSU and lend a pci-e card (or buy one cheap locally)
     
  14. tpro

    tpro Notebook Guru

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    Wow, it doesn't cost that much! 600$, even if it didn't work, exclude the PE4H, and buy a desktop, which is the lowest value is 500$... (no offense: but your name fits good :D)
     
  15. noobganster

    noobganster Notebook Guru

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    the whole point of it is give my laptop more graphical power to run more than two external monitors while retain it's portability when needed, why would I want to build a desktop?
     
  16. pyr0

    pyr0 100% laptop dynamite

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    Doh! Man, you don't get it, do you? Do you seriously want us to give you some kind of warranty? This all here is pioneer work, it is just about trying. Go buy your stuff and contribute to this thread or buy a ViDock from Villagetronic w/ return policy if you don't like this here.

    We have several lenovo X200/X201 in the performance table, so I guess your setup will also work. As tpro and FragZero suggested, you can also buy or lend a low-end card for trying. Or buy your parts in a store that gives a refund policy on returns. Why do you actually want a 5870, your SL CPU is so weak that this high end card doesn't make sense at all. If you want to connect 3 displays through the card, a $130 HD5750 with a 100W 12V laptop PSU is perfectly enough for you.
     
  17. nlooije

    nlooije Notebook Guru

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    1. this is for enthusiast so if you dont want to take the risk with your money then dont.
    2. why dont you try it with the PE4H with a cheap card first, if you get it to work you can always get the hd5870
    3. if not then someone here will be willing to buyout you PE4H and/or PSU
    4. as i stated b4 many people have taken this risk already and have been rewarded with a working setup. It is a risk i guess but it is a better gamble than you'll find in the casino.

    make sure you understand the limitations of the VD especially at PCIe 1.0 x1 setups the graphical power may not live up to your expectations. do you have the possibility for an optimus setup or x2?
     
  18. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    Vista can only support one family of video driver to be active. Only solution would be to run Vista using XP drivers (with no DX10 and Aero), upgrade to Win7 or downgrade to XP. I'd suggest upgrade to Win7.

    A HD54xx or better class card supports up to 3 external monitor. The third requiring a displayport to DVI adapter. A HD5870 eyefinity edition allows up to 6 external LCDs, HD5770 Eyefinity 5 supports 5 monitors. A NVidia Fermi setup giving two monitors only, but would give full HD playback without stuttering with the x1.Opt compression tweak.

    Your X200T is x1.Opt capable since it has a 4500MHD IGP.
     
  19. mmortal03

    mmortal03 Notebook Guru

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    Thanks, nando. This is what I figured. While I was ultimately able to bypass the error 43 by disabling the Intel graphics chip in Device Manager, it still wouldn't work, my guess because the Catalyst drivers still can't install properly on this kind of heterogeneous Vista setup. I went ahead and got a used Lenovo S10 netbook with Windows 7 Pro that I found on eBay, that I'll be using, instead.
     
  20. noobganster

    noobganster Notebook Guru

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    nanta, I have my x200t connected to U2711 and U2410 at the moment, I have another U2711 connect to my PS3. I would like to use all three monitors connected, and also in case I add more monitors in the future, so my best choice would be eyefinity 5/6 cards over other cards for future-proof reasons. I don't play games on my laptop though, just running multi-monitors.

    I know the community can not guarantee anything, but how likely am going to get this to work?
     

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