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

11 Feb 2012   #81
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No idea if it will work with the Acer's mentioned in this thread, but the leaked "beta" here,

AMD Catalyst 12.x (8.95 January 24) Unofficial BETA - Guru3D.com Forums

It has the Intel graphics driver integrated into it, which says to me that it is more an updated driver for one of the laptop manufacturers (no idea which) than an actual leaked beta desktop driver.


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12 Feb 2012   #82
popeye1953

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
No idea if it will work with the Acer's mentioned in this thread, but the leaked "beta" here,

AMD Catalyst 12.x (8.95 January 24) Unofficial BETA - Guru3D.com Forums

It has the Intel graphics driver integrated into it, which says to me that it is more an updated driver for one of the laptop manufacturers (no idea which) than an actual leaked beta desktop driver.

Thanks! I had to uninstall my other drivers and delete the /ProgramFiles(x86)/ATI folder to get them to install properly.
They seem to be working so far. Some added options available in CCC but still none to select the ATI GPU as the primary. I got .2 increase in Aero score on WEI.
Still testing with games. Seem to be a slight improvement but still not the holy grail of being able to choose which GPU as primary.
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12 Feb 2012   #83
Dark Byte

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Was the "Switchable Graphics Method" option added? Very interested in doing this, but, how did you uninstall all your drivers? I don't want to #### things up if i do.
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12 Feb 2012   #84
popeye1953

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dark Byte View Post
Was the "Switchable Graphics Method" option added? Very interested in doing this, but, how did you uninstall all your drivers? I don't want to #### things up if i do.
If you mean where you can select which card you want an app to use, yes. But no option to make the ATI GPU the primary at all times.
I use the uninstaller built into the Cat installer but have to manually delete the ATI/Ace folder to make the update take correctly.
There is also a .msi uninstaller available here: Atiman Uninstaller v.6.2.0.msi

If you are concerned just make sure you keep a copy of the drivers you have that you know are working for you.
Also read through the posts at guru3d. Some people like them, some don't. So far I've not experienced any show stopper.

P.S. If you uninstall correctly when you reboot both the Intel and ATI GPU should show up as generic VGA displays cards in the hardware properties.
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12 Feb 2012   #85
Dark Byte

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Does the "Switchable Graphics Method" appear on that new version? If so, there might be some luck.

I want to try this out, I have already posted this link on an older post. But whatever, maybe you can try it?

How to make switchable graphics work with Minecraft or Amnesia! - YouTube
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20 Feb 2012   #86
Dark Byte

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Any new luck or ideas?
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21 Feb 2012   #87
Otase

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Sure its anoying cause playing Phantasy Star Online wont switch to Radeon... and certain parts with lot objects and efects can get slow on Intel integrated grahpic -__-
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21 Feb 2012   #88
Dark Byte

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yeah, its annoying how even goldsource games (Counter Strike 1.6, Half Life), can actually lag, since it doesn't switch to the radeon. Though games like Mw2 and Skyrim i can run on high very well.
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03 Mar 2012   #89
GSoMan

64bits
 
 

New bios out !

Does not resolve our problem !
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04 Mar 2012   #90
popeye1953

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GSoMan View Post
New bios out !

Does not resolve our problem !
Yea, I was hoping it would allow setting the AMD GPU as primary but no such luck.
Don't know what it changed as they haven't bothered to post a description. I like their hardware but less than thrilled with their customer and software/firmware support.
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