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January 10, 2012 10:03:09 PM

I recently bought a hp computer with an a8 with a radeon 6550 integrated gpu and i bought a radeon 6570 thinking i could crossfire or enable both of them and cant figure it out

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January 10, 2012 11:29:31 PM

I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure you need 2 physical cards of identical type in order to crossfire. You plug them both into the motherboard and use a crossfire bridge to connect them to each other. You are better off disabling the integrated and only using the physical card alone.
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January 10, 2012 11:41:49 PM

youd think so but they both have about the same results, and i meant hybrid crossfire sorry
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January 10, 2012 11:55:38 PM

Is there an option to enable Crossfire in Catalyst control center? Are both GPUs being recognized?
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January 11, 2012 12:05:13 AM

I'm not sure never done it - but what you are doing is indeed supposed to work. You won't need an XFire bridge. You need to check in BIOS if there is a "Dual-GPU" or "Dual-Graphics" option - this needs to be enabled. Then AMD Vision Control Center should allow you to enable Crossfire provided you've installed it with the driver package and all - also install the Catalyst CrossfireX Application profiles.
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January 11, 2012 12:10:12 AM

i've searched through my BIOS it's extremely limited to what you can do in it I don't understand why HP has to lock you out of everything, but I have downloaded the profiles and it still refuses to recognize both of them
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January 11, 2012 12:15:51 AM

TPratt said:
i've searched through my BIOS it's extremely limited to what you can do in it I don't understand why HP has to lock you out of everything, but I have downloaded the profiles and it still refuses to recognize both of them


Yes I really do dislike OEMs. You might want to try completely removing your graphics drivers and then re-installing them (with the card plugged in of course). Hopefully someone who has done it will respond with better advice!
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January 11, 2012 12:19:03 AM

TPratt said:
i've searched through my BIOS it's extremely limited to what you can do in it I don't understand why HP has to lock you out of everything, but I have downloaded the profiles and it still refuses to recognize both of them


Most OEMs lock their product. They don't want the average person poking around and messing up the BIOS. Does the manual say how they expect you to enable crossfire? I'd assume if they sold you the model as a dual graphics solution, they'd have a way for it to work.
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January 11, 2012 4:13:33 AM

I still can't figure it out, I'm pretty sure my problem is the BIOS and if it is i'm going to hate hp for being so stupid and never buy any of their crap again
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January 11, 2012 4:48:53 AM

I'm pretty sure the new card disabled the on-board one i can't find it anywhere on my computer except in windows updates and i tried to update it and it failed and said it didn't exist or wasn't plugged in, but if i take the new card out it works just fine
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January 11, 2012 4:58:55 AM

TPratt said:
I'm pretty sure the new card disabled the on-board one i can't find it anywhere on my computer except in windows updates and i tried to update it and it failed and said it didn't exist or wasn't plugged in, but if i take the new card out it works just fine


They should both be listed in device manager under display adapters. You should only have one display plugged in, and usually on the motherboards output. If you haven't already, try using the latest catalyst drivers. If you still aren't getting both being recognized as devices, see if there's any way to flash the BIOS. If you've never updated a BIOS before, follow the instructions carefully, a corrupt BIOS is bad.

What's the model number of the HP?
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January 11, 2012 5:06:14 AM

pavilion p7-1174 and if i plug it into the motherboard one when the other card is plugged in it just doesnt work
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January 11, 2012 5:38:27 AM

Assuming you've already tried to update the BIOS and still don't have any options for your IGP/NB.

I remember using this trick on a laptop.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/hp-pavilion-notebooks/5...

It isn't the same product, but maybe it would work, or some combination like it.

HP really does like to lock up their BIOS.
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January 11, 2012 5:59:31 AM

going to try it sounds promising thanks, ill post whether it works or not
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January 11, 2012 6:16:42 AM

it doesnt work, and with that note hp is now the worst company to ever buy a computer from, and i will make sure to let everyone know not to buy one and i really hope they tank and go under
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January 11, 2012 7:30:06 AM

i suppose i have to a. flash a new bios and risk bricking this pos or 2. bitch enough to hp and get them to give me a refund because this computer is CRAP
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January 11, 2012 8:37:47 AM

TPratt said:
i suppose i have to a. flash a new bios and risk bricking this pos or 2. bitch enough to hp and get them to give me a refund because this computer is CRAP


Yeah, it is.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03...

If you check under the video graphics/integrated graphics tab, it says "*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.". This is probably a motherboard or BIOS limitation, that APU should work with a 6570 otherwise. I don't know if there's any way around it.

Maybe you'll be lucky and get someone with a brain at HP customer service who might know how to enable it.
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January 12, 2012 8:05:49 AM

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January 12, 2012 8:06:22 AM

thanks, I'm in the process of returning the graphics card it's a pointless buy when the integrated works just as good
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