On the Skyrim launcher, under the 'graphics adapter' section of the options menu, only my integrated graphics show up (NVIDIA Geforce 8800 GS). I have a GT 555m on my computer with the most recent drivers, and it does not appear as a usable alternative in the drop down menu. The game runs at about 5 FPS on low settings with native res, and after investigating issue with MSI afterburner, the GPU usage will remain at 0% when Skyrim is running. As a control, I ran BF3, and the usage jumped up to around 90%-100%, showing that the GPU actually works.
After looking around for a fix, the two solutions I've found (and they haven't helped, in my case):
1. In the NVIDIA control panel, set TESV.exe to use the GPU, as opposed to what the program specifies - resulted in no change.
2. Right click the executable file, and select 'run with graphics processor -> High performance NVIDIA GPU'
I'm running an alienware 14x laptop.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Power management is set to "High Performance".
Kind of wary of disabling the integrated graphics, but if nothing else works I guess I'll be forced to try it.
No, my computer is not using Nvidia Optimus.