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Selecting one out of two GPUs as default (switchable graphics)

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February 4, 2012 11:09:27 AM

Unfortunately i have recently (2 months ago?) bought a laptop with switchable graphics without knowing what it was and it has an Intel HD + HD 6470M which is an entry level card (should be able to play any game smoothly on low) but when it comes to games like witcher 2 and saints row 3, it gives up and run at 10 FPS. Now i have checked using GPU-Z and i saw the ati graphics using 80% of usage which means it was active but why not 100%? and the intel card was giving 9% of usage. Does that mean they both work together somehow?

I was wondering if there's a software which could choose default GPU (ati one)...since i don't have the bios for my laptop which sets GPU to either discrete or power saving thing...thanks to HP being lazy and not able to release bios for my version (HP G6 1105sz)

please do share any tips you have regarding switchable graphics...

feel free to move my thread to appropriate section since i don't come to these forums often but the community looks helpful that's why i'm posting it here.
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February 4, 2012 11:14:37 AM

shad0wboss said:
Now i have checked using GPU-Z and i saw the ati graphics using 80% of usage which means it was active but why not 100%?
Were you running on battery or AC power at the time?
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February 4, 2012 11:24:10 AM

AMD Radeon HD 6470M review
From the benchmark/comments it looks as if the HD 6470M isn't enough GPU for Witcher2
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February 4, 2012 12:40:08 PM

yes, go on youtube and search for HD 5470, it gets 25+ FPS on low settings and my computer gives 10-12 FPS on lowest settings....

I run on AC adapter and i've got i5 2410m running...
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February 4, 2012 12:42:32 PM

Im thinking the Youtube video was faked. Happens all the time.
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February 4, 2012 12:45:23 PM

nevermind that, is there a software which would let me set ati HD 6470m as the only gpu to use and disable the other one so that when i go on sites such as canyourunit.com it doesn't show my specs as intel HD but rather Ati HD 6470m because ati is only used when i'm gaming and not when i'm watching vids...browsing...also i have problems when i install drivers because then i can only install drivers which are for switchable graphics and i'm not able to download the latest ones from ati site...
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February 4, 2012 12:47:28 PM

Catalyst Vision Control Center options.
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February 4, 2012 12:48:36 PM

shad0wboss said:
i'm not able to download the latest ones from ati site...
That won't change. Do NOT download drivers that aren't meant for your system.
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February 4, 2012 1:04:25 PM

i mean they are for 6400M series but they don't apply to switchable graphics unless intel HD is turned off from bios which most of the laptops do provide except my version of HP...so i was wondering if there's a way to do that manually without the need of that option, through software or cmd maybe?
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February 4, 2012 1:17:43 PM

As far as I knew only the BIOS was able to do that.
AMD and HP forums confirm that option isn't in the HP A series laptops.
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February 4, 2012 1:20:55 PM

You might want to hang around other HP Llano owners and see if any of them are using the standard laptop drivers successfully.

You might find out more hanging around in the specific game forums and look for other Llano owners talking about performance.
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February 4, 2012 1:48:11 PM

yea guess so...btw i have HP pavilion G6
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February 4, 2012 2:16:36 PM

shad0wboss said:
yes, go on youtube and search for HD 5470, it gets 25+ FPS on low settings and my computer gives 10-12 FPS on lowest settings....

I run on AC adapter and i've got i5 2410m running...


thats a 5470 not a 5470M
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February 4, 2012 7:54:50 PM

13thmonkey said:
thats a 5470 not a 5470M


yes and that is a mobility card, not a proper one....
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February 4, 2012 8:14:09 PM

I thought you had the mobility version but were comparing to non M versions on youtube. The results would be very different.
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February 5, 2012 7:52:53 AM

I don't think HD 5470 is a non mobility version too...only mobility one...

Normal ones are like this i think:

HD 5450 < HD 5570 < HD 5670 < HD 5750 < HD 5770 < HD 5830 < HD 5850 and so on
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February 5, 2012 7:55:44 AM

tried disabling one of the card in device manager but the other one just didn't work. It seem to be working together somehow and no matter what i change in the calatyst control center. HD 6470M is seem to be working when gaming....

and the intel HD one only works when browsing and stuff like that and funny thing is, its core clock and memory clock stays at 0 mhz on the processing % changes and the memory and core clock of HD 6470M changes...This is when browsing....Intel HD doesn't seem to have memory and core clock of itself?
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