If you want to boost your laptop's graphics performance with an external GPU (eGPU), you might need some software to make it work. One of the most popular tools for eGPU enthusiasts is DIY eGPU Setup 1.35, a menu-driven program that allows you to configure various settings for your eGPU and laptop.
In this article, we will show you how to set up a DIY eGPU with Setup 1.35, using an example of a HP laptop with an ExpressCard slot and a Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB card connected via a EXP GDC Beast v8.5 adapter.
What You Need
Before you start, make sure you have the following items:
A laptop with an ExpressCard slot or a Thunderbolt port.
An eGPU adapter, such as the EXP GDC Beast v8.5 or the Razer Core X.
An external graphics card, such as the Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6GB or any other card that fits your adapter and power supply.
A power supply unit (PSU) for your eGPU adapter and graphics card.
A monitor or a TV to connect to your eGPU.
A USB flash drive with at least 4GB of storage space.
A copy of DIY eGPU Setup 1.35, which you can purchase from here.
Step 1: Prepare Your USB Flash Drive
The first step is to create a bootable USB flash drive with DIY eGPU Setup 1.35 on it. To do this, follow these steps:
Download and install Rufus, a free tool for creating bootable USB drives.
Insert your USB flash drive into your laptop and launch Rufus.
Select your USB flash drive from the Device dropdown menu.
Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI from the Partition scheme dropdown menu.
Select FAT32 from the File system dropdown menu.
Select FreeDOS from the Create a bootable disk using dropdown menu.
Click Start and wait for Rufus to format and copy files to your USB flash drive.
Once done, close Rufus and open your USB flash drive in File Explorer.
Extract DIYeGPU-Setup-110b5.exe to the root of your USB flash drive. You should see a folder called eGPU on your USB flash drive.
Step 2: Configure Your BIOS Settings
The next step is to configure your laptop's BIOS settings to enable eGPU support. To do this, follow these steps:
Shut down your laptop and disconnect any external devices, such as your eGPU adapter, monitor, or keyboard.
Power on your laptop and press F10 (or another key depending on your laptop model) to enter BIOS setup.
Navigate to the Advanced tab and select System Options.
Enable PCI Express Power Management and disable PCI Express x16 Power Saving Mode.
Navigate to the Security tab and select Device Security.
Disable PCI Express Slot Security for the slot that corresponds to your ExpressCard slot or Thunderbolt port.
Navigate to the Boot tab and select Boot Options.
Enable Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot.
Navigate to the Exit tab and select Save Changes and Exit.
Step 3: Connect Your eGPU and Boot from USB
The final step is to connect your eGPU and boot from your USB flash drive with DIY eGPU Setup 1.35 on it. To do this, follow these steps:
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