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Windows 7: Desktop Windows Manager stopped working after restart, other problems

25 May 2013   #21
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

blue4fun,

Please list the model number of your system. Fill in your system specs with this link

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You currently show a Alienware (Dell) laptop that may use optimus technology. If this is the case, you need specific drivers from Dell (alienware) , not Intel and you have options in your Nvidia control panel and BIOS to make certain settings.


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25 May 2013   #22
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Type Nvidia in Start Search box, Check if you have switchable graphics in the Nvidia Control Panel.

Otherwise on Dells with an onboard GPU chip where a video card has been added, there may be a setting in BIOS setup accessed by rebooting and tapping the key given on first screen, usually F1 or F2.
Okay, all it said was
Integrated Graphics: Intel Ivy Bridge
Discrete Graphics: NVIDIA GT
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25 May 2013   #23
gregrocker

 

There should be a way to select one of these.

Can you post back a camera snap of the BIOS listing: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

Or a screenshot using the Snipping Tool of the Nvidia Control Panel's listing.
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25 May 2013   #24
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Here is a link from HTG that has info on Nvidia optimus.

Nvidia Optimus HTG
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26 May 2013   #25
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There should be a way to select one of these.

Can you post back a camera snap of the BIOS listing: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

Or a screenshot using the Snipping Tool of the Nvidia Control Panel's listing.
Okay, I got one of the BIOS listing. Sorry, it's not the best quality.


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26 May 2013   #26
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

blue4fun, Download the Nvidia driver from here Product Support for Alienware M14x R2 | Dell US

Desktop Windows Manager stopped working after restart, other problems-dell.png

I can not see the bios version on your screen shot, as there are a new versions available. Make sure you have all off the updated drivers from the link.


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26 May 2013   #27
gregrocker

 

How about in the Nvidia Control Panel? Is there a way to select Intel or Nvidia?
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26 May 2013   #28
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
How about in the Nvidia Control Panel? Is there a way to select Intel or Nvidia?
Only for certain programs. I think my laptop has Optimus technology as Dude suggested.
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26 May 2013   #29
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
blue4fun, Download the Nvidia driver from here Product Support for Alienware M14x R2 | Dell US

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I can not see the bios version on your screen shot, as there are a new versions available. Make sure you have all off the updated drivers from the link.
I believe that is where I normally got my drivers but before the problem happened I was directed elsewhere. Do I need to do a system restore before I install or can I just do a clean install?
If you couldn't see the BIOS version, it's A12.
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26 May 2013   #30
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

blue4fun, that is the latest BIOS. I would use the link from Gregrocker in post number 9 for a clean install. I have been looking around and it seems that your BIOS does not allow disabling optimus.



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