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Windows 7: 4 g of ram but 3.90 usable ?

01 Mar 2012   #11
TVeblen

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We have got quite the epic thread going over in Graphics where a group of laptop owners are working on finding a way to do just that (manually switch the graphics) and no one has found a satisfying way yet.

It seems that IF the manufacturer designs in and makes the option available at the BIOS level then it can be done (manually choose which graphics chip to use), but if the manufacturer does not design in the option then you are SOOL.

People are looking for a software solution (drivers that allow manual switching) but that has only been reported as successful for a few, and a solution that works for one may not work for others. It is a real problem for gamers that screams for a solution, but I am sure that for the vast majority of laptop users they are blissfully unaware that the problem even exists.

Acer Laptop: Switchable Graphics using i7 & AMD Radeon


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01 Mar 2012   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
It seems that IF the manufacturer designs in and makes the option available at the BIOS level then it can be done (manually choose which graphics chip to use), but if the manufacturer does not design in the option then you are SOOL.
Very true for many aspects of the computers...especially OEM ones.

The question I would ask is why? Let's say I'm browsing the forums or working on a spreadsheet. Is an add-in card going to do something that the Intel graphics can't? I wouldn't think so.
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02 Mar 2012   #13
TVeblen

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And, of course, you are absolutely correct! There is no practical reason at all.

But when you are dealing with us OCD types, not having complete control drives us CRAZY!
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02 Mar 2012   #14
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
We have got quite the epic thread going over in Graphics where a group of laptop owners are working on finding a way to do just that (manually switch the graphics) and no one has found a satisfying way yet.

It seems that IF the manufacturer designs in and makes the option available at the BIOS level then it can be done (manually choose which graphics chip to use), but if the manufacturer does not design in the option then you are SOOL.

People are looking for a software solution (drivers that allow manual switching) but that has only been reported as successful for a few, and a solution that works for one may not work for others. It is a real problem for gamers that screams for a solution, but I am sure that for the vast majority of laptop users they are blissfully unaware that the problem even exists.

Acer Laptop: Switchable Graphics using i7 & AMD Radeon
Yes, I can imagine the frustration.

I wish laptop makers would give buyers the option of a full functioning BIOS instead of a dumbed down version. One for the everyday user and one for advanced/power users.
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