External gpu for hackbook

Thanks to your donations I was able to buy vidock 4+.

And now some reports of this thing working with hackint0sh:

First of all, you have to fix error 12 in windows or osx will just panic on boot. One of fixes is to lower ram size to 2.5gb.

Then, disable graphics enabler and install aty_init, otherwise you will get freeze at gray screen.

Then it works, tested with gt220.

bad thing is pcie x1 speed.

with aty_init it may work with macbooks with expresscard port.

More test at late December.


  1. ^Andy^
    November 30th, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    That’s pretty cool – I didn’t even know such devices existed.

  2. kocoman
    December 1st, 2011 | 3:12 am

    Is it possible to use this in Lion with an unsupported Internal video (ie: GMA950), then with ViDock use an supported card, ie: Geforce 7300?

    //In theory, yes.

  3. pr0ton
    December 1st, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Wow, interesting development! They are also busy with a Thunderbolt edition:

  4. toshy
    December 5th, 2011 | 10:45 am

    I’m still waiting for a thunderbolt version, but nice to see it’s working even on hackintoshs

  5. MOB
    December 6th, 2011 | 12:15 am

    Where is the most current ATY_Init? I see quite a few when googling, but I want to make sure I have the current one made by you and not some modded one.


  6. alex
    December 6th, 2011 | 11:24 am

    скажите, что это за программа ?


  7. Dandu
    December 10th, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Hi, what the tool used for the bandwith ?

    I use a Vidock4 with a MacBook Pro 5,2 and a GeForce from Mac Pro (GT120) and ATY_init, with no big problem.


  8. Kelly
    December 13th, 2011 | 7:41 am

    Dandu, how did you get a GeForce card working in the vidock4 on your mbp? Did you have to plug in the vidock after the mac startup chime?

  9. Dandu
    December 21st, 2011 | 10:55 am

    No, just with a cold boot. I can’t hot plug the card.

    I use a Mac Pro card with ATY_init.

  10. December 25th, 2011 | 4:34 am

    “bad thing is pcie x1 speed.”
    I guess the problem lies with your PCI-E clock settings
    to enable PCI-E x8 or x16 with a PCI-E bus v1.1 or v2.0
    plz check the PCI-E overclock panel in the BIOS/UEFI, and make sure it is AUTOMATIC or over 115MHz.

    /// it’s laptop, it’s bios is very limited

  11. January 31st, 2012 | 9:12 am

    Hi Netkas, i’ve been trying to get the nvidia GT5xxM series working in lion. Managed to power the card using DSDT (audio part of it works) and using EFI the card is properly identified. Problem is that the IGPU has priority over it. I know from other people that have unlocked bioses on their laptop, or 3D displays, that the card is working perfectly.

    By studing the IORegs dumps of those people i found that the IGPU is missing, this means that the bios setting/3D display is hiding the Device from the system, thus OS X takes control over the next available card.

    I was wondering how does ViDock gets pass this problem, does it come with specific kexts files that bypasses it? I searched the internet but couldn’t find info on that.

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