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Windows 7: Acer Laptop: Switchable Graphics using i7 & AMD Radeon

01 Apr 2012   #111
Otase

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lak3rsFan View Post
So nobody knows what exactly the BIOS update was?
Exactly and this makes Acer the bigest Troller ever :/
next time i prefer to pay a bit more for better chances on stable hardware lol,
even Toshiba did do better ventilation to the laptop as i saw lot vent holes on heat pipe in their recent models, Acer definitly only wana sell and no single care for the user
No lol i definitly wont support Acer anymore.


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05 Apr 2012   #112
destiNATION

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi guys..

last week i bought the Acer 7750g-2434g50..
After a few days i wondered why my Battery drops so fast! Then i suddenly realized that my Intel HD 3000 graphics isnt installed!

I contacted the Acer support about this Problem and they told me that the Intel VGA isnt activated in bios (and there is no option to activate it)

Are they kidding?!
I buy a Notebook with i5 cpu ..with integrated Intel VGA ..and they dont let me activate it?!

So..anyone can help me with this Problem?!..cause its kinda stupid just to have my ATI 6850m activated..cause it drops my Battery very fast..


(sry for my bad english..i am from germany ...and i wrote this at work ^^)
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05 Apr 2012   #113
Otase

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

lol theres so many things you can do to not let battery drop fast,
actualy graphic card saving power wont change much for sure,
what takes battery fast is actualy your cpu and big screen there IMO,
on win7 power management make cpu use 98% so he doesnt activate turbo boost also.

I also have battery droping fast,
doesnt mater a thing what graphic card your using at all since its your cpu doing most work.

Your complaining for that? how about us who actualy dont wana use that crap intel integrated vga? and only wana use Radeon? as if that crapy vga would make a diference to your battery lol...
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06 Apr 2012   #114
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your 17" screen is a major contributor. The display and GPU are major contributors to power consumption (behind #1 - the CPU - as Otase said) and a bigger screen uses more power.

Interesting experiment along these lines here:
Coding Horror: Revisiting "How Much Power Does My Laptop Really Use"?
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09 Apr 2012   #115
Lak3rsFan

Win7 Ult x64
 
 

So no update on the switchable issue yet . It's sad to see that I can't run high graphics on games like L4D2, Skyrim and such ..
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11 Apr 2012   #116
RocketsFan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Wanted to bring this topic up again as I just purchased the 7750G from Newegg and seem to be having the same problems with the switchable graphics. Regardless of what I set the program to in CCC (High Performance, etc.) it seems that the programs are defaulting back to the integrated Intel card. (Just purchased The Witcher: Enhanced Edition from Steam.)

My computer came with BIOS v. 1.12 running. Acer has up to 1.20 on their support site. I haven't flashed yet but will probably do so tonight. Anybody have any problems flashing to 1.20 during or after? Did it help with the graphics issues? On the Newegg reviews one guy said his onboard fan quit working after 1.13.

Also, Acer support is probably the worst I've ever experienced.
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11 Apr 2012   #117
Lak3rsFan

Win7 Ult x64
 
 

I'm on 1.20 same laptop as you, and no problems so far!
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11 Apr 2012   #118
RocketsFan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lak3rsFan View Post
I'm on 1.20 same laptop as you, and no problems so far!
Did it help at all with being able to manually select the graphics card? Is that in the new BIOS?

Or is it still a CCC option of "High Performance" or "Power Saving"?

EDIT: Sorry I just saw where Popeye said earlier in the thread that the BIOS update to 1.20 did not include this feature. Lak3rsFan, have you figured anything out post 1.2 BIOS update with the switchable graphics? Is yours working correctly now?
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11 Apr 2012   #119
Lak3rsFan

Win7 Ult x64
 
 

Nope, still cannot each either man. It's annoying, I have all these games, that I wanna use the 2GB Radeon card, and all it does is just recognize the Intel HD Gfx card.
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11 Apr 2012   #120
RocketsFan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lak3rsFan View Post
Nope, still cannot each either man. It's annoying, I have all these games, that I wanna use the 2GB Radeon card, and all it does is just recognize the Intel HD Gfx card.
This is unfortunate! lol
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