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E6420 - High Sierra Nvidia Drivers


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Hello,

I currently have an E6420 on High Sierra using the Orlarila build. I'm using Clover boot on UEFI. The installation went fairly smooth and I appear to have graphics acceleration as I have the see-through dock and not the white dock. 

 

System Information states that I have a NVIDIA NVS 4200M 511 MB. I am assuming I do not have the drivers fully installed as I didn't go through any of that during the installation and I have not enabled anything in Clover. When I attempt to install the web drivers I'm shown a message saying that I am not on the most current build (17G2208) and I need to upgrade (17G8037).

 

 

What my question is, is how do I identify whether or not I have the proper drivers applied and installed? If not, how do I apply those drivers? 

 

 

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UPDATE: 

I was able to get the NVidia drivers installed by using Benjamin Dobell's installation script on GitHub. 

https://github.com/Benjamin-Dobell/nvidia-update

 

My next question though is... I have the port replicator and two monitors. When I am attached to the replicator, OS X loads all the way up until I login and then it freezes. How would I go about finding out why it's freezing? 

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Re: web driver, if you can't find the correct version for your High Sierra build, your can look this up at InsanelyMac:

https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/324195-nvidia-web-driver-updates-for-macos-high-sierra-update-sept-27-2019/

 

Same exists for previous macOS/OS X versions too.

 

Note that NVS 4200M is Fermi GF119 so, whilst you may appear to have full graphics acceleration, you could find that Sleep & wake no longer works, that you loose mouse cursor, that screen resolution cannot be changed without freezing the system, etc. This is typically what happens with GF119-based desktop cards such as GT610... Fermi cards are basically poorly to not properly supported beyond El Capitan and you may find yourself forced to disable the dGPU to run solely on the HD3000 iGPU.

https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/330656-gt610-on-macos-high-sierra/?tab=comments#comment-2550898

https://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/326924-geforce-gt610-works-in-high-sierra/

 

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4 minutes ago, Hervé said:

you may find yourself forced to disable the dGPU to run solely on the HD3000 iGPU.

 

Herve, thank you for the reply. Do you happen to have a link to a walkthrough on how I can disable the NVIdia and switch to onboard? 

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It's done through a dedicated SSDT table; there are generic such tables that do the job perfectly. I think you'll find what you need in Jake Lo's Inspiron / Precision / Latitude guides available in our Guides section; they include bootpacks for the E6x20 models with nVidia graphics and I'm pretty sure later packs include the SSDT that disables the dGPU.

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