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Windows 7: Dual monitors using wrong graphics cards

20 Apr 2013   #1

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Dual monitors using wrong graphics cards

Setup
dell xps 15 l502x laptop, running an intel integrated graphics card and an nVidia GeForce GT 525m dedicated graphics card. Also a VGA plug and play Dell IN1910N monitor connected through a HDMI to VGA converter to the laptops HDMI out port.

The problem
Each monitor is running off a separate graphics card, according the the nVidia control panel, which is fine, but they are each running the wrong one. The laptop by default uses the integrated graphics, and the external monitor uses the dedicated card, which is useless, a i really only use it as extra desktop space or for playing movies, which doesn't require the dedicated graphics. Then when i go to play a game on the laptop screen, it switches to the dedicated card AS WELL, which then struggles to keep up.
How can i set the external monitor to run on the integrated graphics always?
I don't care if the laptop screen doesn't auto switch, so long as it runs the dedicated card at the right times and doesn't struggle, like it doesn't when the other monitor isn't connected.

This image tellsme it should be possible, but i cant get it to work
imgur: the simple image sharer

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21 Apr 2013   #2

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Please, anyone have any ideas?
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21 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Try switching the connectors, also try switching the preferred graphics in the nvidia panel as shown in this pick to what you want

Dual monitors using wrong graphics cards-preffered-graphics.png


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21 Apr 2013   #4

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Ehm... wihtout meaning to sound to smart, its going to be very difficult to switch the connectors, seeing as i did specify im using a laptop...
Also the second thing you posted wont work, as i need the second screen to ALWAYS run the integrated graphics, and the laptop screen to be able to use the dedicated as needed
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21 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mauvai View Post
Ehm... wihtout meaning to sound to smart, its going to be very difficult to switch the connectors, seeing as i did specify im using a laptop...
Also the second thing you posted wont work, as i need the second screen to ALWAYS run the integrated graphics, and the laptop screen to be able to use the dedicated as needed

No worries I realized that and posted the screen shot but forgot to remove the connectors.
Check in your bios settings for options under the integrated graphics for different modes.
Does your computer support Lucid, that might help. The setting should work (from the Sceenshot I posted) to force whatever game to run off the IGPU.
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21 Apr 2013   #6

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How does one check bios settings (f2 at startup?)?
Also what is lucid?

Edit: If the lucid you mean is the programming language, then no, i highly doubt it (unless it came preinstalled somehow)
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21 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Yes F2, look at the settings.
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21 Apr 2013   #8

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Had a look, nothing mentioned about graphics cards at all... about the closest i got was the order that hardware was booted (hard disk, usb, eSata, etc), but nothing mentioned anywhere about graphics cards
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21 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro | Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I will search to see if I can find your bios settings to look. What game are you having a problem with?
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21 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

The XPS L502X laptop uses an nVidia Optimus setup. I think that may not be controlled through BIOS settings.

See the manual:

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-produ...uide_en-us.pdf

There's not a lot of detail there, but I hope that you find it helpful.
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