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Windows 7: Disable ATI radeon switchable graphics or use Intel HD by default

13 Apr 2012   #1
hatemypcatm

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 
Disable ATI radeon switchable graphics or use Intel HD by default

Hi, my laptop is overheating and wasting power because it is always running my ATI Radeon mobility graphics card. I have switchable graphics, and I want the computer to ALWAYS start up using Intel HD graphics.

I cannot find ANY settings to make Intel HD the default graphics card.

I have tried uninstalling ATI radeon graphics card. It always reinstalls AND SWITCHES to it on startup.

How can I make Intel HD the primary graphics card(PREFERRED), or completely remove ATI radeon so it never reinstalls the drivers after I have uninstalled it?

Thanks


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13 Apr 2012   #2
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

There would be an option in your BIOS to disable/enable onboard graphic chip. Also look for something along the lines 'Init Display first' (though these differ bios to bios) and select 'Onboard' or similar equivalent option.

You can also disable your radeon card through Device manager. Open Start menu, type 'Device Manager' and select it from the list displayed. Look for the card>right click>disable.

If unsure, post a screenshot and we'll work you out through the steps.
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13 Apr 2012   #3
hatemypcatm

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
There would be an option in your BIOS to disable/enable onboard graphic chip. Also look for something along the lines 'Init Display first' (though these differ bios to bios) and select 'Onboard' or similar equivalent option.

You can also disable your radeon card through Device manager. Open Start menu, type 'Device Manager' and select it from the list displayed. Look for the card>right click>disable.

If unsure, post a screenshot and we'll work you out through the steps.
Thanks for the quick reply.

I tried disabling the radeon card, it re-enables when I restart the computer.
I tried looking through the bios and couldn't find anything but I will look again.
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13 Apr 2012   #4
hatemypcatm

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

I can't find anything in the bios.
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13 Apr 2012   #5
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hatemypcatm View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
There would be an option in your BIOS to disable/enable onboard graphic chip. Also look for something along the lines 'Init Display first' (though these differ bios to bios) and select 'Onboard' or similar equivalent option.

You can also disable your radeon card through Device manager. Open Start menu, type 'Device Manager' and select it from the list displayed. Look for the card>right click>disable.

If unsure, post a screenshot and we'll work you out through the steps.
Thanks for the quick reply.

I tried disabling the radeon card, it re-enables when I restart the computer.
I tried looking through the bios and couldn't find anything but I will look again.
What BIOS you have? Manufacturer? Brand? These are be displayed when you start your computer during the POST screen.
If the screen pass by too quickly to read something, press the 'Pause/Break' key at the POST screen and note the info down. You may then press "Home' key to resume boot.
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13 Apr 2012   #6
hatemypcatm

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Thanks again, instead I uninstalled the ATI driver again, then made windows stop automatically installing drivers following the instructions posted in here Stop Win7 from Automatically Installing Drivers - Microsoft Answers
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13 Apr 2012   #7
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Well thats good. Glad you got it sorted.
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