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W530: Won't boot Windows 10 or Linux with dedicated graphics

Q: W530: Won't boot Windows 10 or Linux with dedicated graphics

So long story short I replaced my first W530 with another about six months ago. I rarely use it on battery power, but the other day I neeeded it so I went to go turn off Optimus and force only integrated graphics because A) it uses less power: even with the nvidia not being utilized in optimus mode it seems to draw power in an idle state and B) Because the nvidia GPU is more or less powered it throttles the machine to 1.2ghz. For some reason, Windows 10 will not load past the logo. It just stops. I tried the installation disk for the fall creators edition and it was the same deal though I did get to the spinning balls before it quit. I tried Knoppix which is a live boot distro. It worked ok with Optimus but the only way to get acceleration and multiple monitors was to force the Quadro only via the BIOS and then it seemed to work just fine. I even played some windows games via wine on it which kind of blew me away frankly. I tried a Windows 7 install ISO and that loaded and got to the install screen using only the default VGA drivers. If I try to force Windows 10 to use safe mode by itself, or with the low resolution option (vga drivers) it just freezes and refuses to boot. That leaves two options here at this point. Either I have a broken HD4000 on my i7-3740QM or the the newer BIOS that was released last fall broke something. On my old W530 it booted Windows 10 with the intel GPU just fine. Seeing as how optimus works and that it offloads most of the processing to the intel chip before it calls the nvidia gpu I honestly can't see how this gpu could be bad. I mean it is doing 3d rendering right now just displaying windows. It doesn't really make any sense to me, but I've kind of run out of options other than trying older BIOSes. I *did* look around and A) cannot find any repositories of older W530 bios files and B) discovered that the lenovo updaters really don't like it if you try to regress the BIOS.Can anyone out there with a fully updated W530 on the latest BIOS at least confirm that it will boot the latest Win10 fine with only the intel GPU so I can assume it is something just funky with my hardware? Being locked to 1.2ghz on battery isn't really an ideal situation IMO.

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Preferred Solution: W530: Won't boot Windows 10 or Linux with dedicated graphics

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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When ever i run WEI, it measures desktop graphics performance using Intel HD4000 built in GFx. I want windows to use the Dedicated ATI Readon 7730M when it runs WEI.

I have tried changing the Power Saving Mode to High Performance but its still not switching. Is there a way to Force on the Dedicated Card all the time and disable the HD4000 temporarily so the score is increased when i re run the WEI assessment ?

A:Windows Experience Index not Using Dedicated Graphics Card

I believe you have to disable the onboard video in the BIOS, forcing the system to use the add-on video card. This is what I have always done and it works for me...

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I am Techsavy8 from India.

Now I would like to know the basic difference in terms of performance for an onboard graphics card and a dedicated graphics card for a Laptop.

What could be a major difference?
Also, for Onboard graphics, it is said on all the branded website that the size of it is upto 384MB shared.

So, say for instance, if I go for a dedicated graphics card for a new laptop which I am planning to purchase and the size of this dedicated graphic card is 256MB or 128MB and Onboard graphic card on the other hand provides 384 MB shared memory, therefore the question is that how could that external graphics card sizing 256 MB deliver better performance as compared to Onbard graphics which sizes 384 MB shared?

Also, how are the new laptops launched by HP in India in terms of performance, mobility & stability?
The Laptop which I am looking for falls under 6700 series and is a business series laptop.
Waiting eagerly for a reply...


A:Solved: Difference Between Onboard Graphics a Dedicated Graphics Card

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Getting a BSOD after the update above. Appears the offending file is listed as an UEFI related system file. Running Windows 10 with all latest updates (other than one above) and all drivers updated through Lenovo System Update. System Repair unable to do anything useful. Was able to restart from a backup, but the update continues to destabilize the system after application. Anyone have any solutions other than cancel Windows Updates? Thanks,RMNY

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I'm trying to figure it out, but my ThinkPad W530 is restarting itself once and once, i'm trying to disconect everything WWAN, WAN, DVD, SDD, but the same problem.Execute diagnostics and everything is okTry to install Windows 7 and Works fine BEFORE load driversTry to install Windows 10 and restarts itselfTry to use ONLY integratet graphics Nothing Same ErrorTry to use ONLY Discrete Graphics, nothing Same errorHelp Please

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During the installation of Windows 10 on my Thinkpad W530 my screen would just turn black. I was finally able to get Windows installed after going into BIOS and changing to intergrated graphics. If I go back to descrete graphics, I am able to boot up and log into Windows but my resolution is very small and after several seconds the screen will turn black. While the screen is black no buttons work, the computer is completly locked up and I am forced to cold shutdown. I've installed and reinstalled the proper video card drivers many times but with no luck. Is my GPU dead? I believe my W530 has the K1000m

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Before I start this topic, I have tried everything in all related topic in this forum and elsewhere. It seems to me that this is something new, please dont re-direct me to those threads about W520 dup screen fix, etc. The major different of my problem is that when mini-display or VGA port is being used, NVIDIA control panel no longer can see both graphics cards, and only sees quadro K1000M which is making connection to the external source through those ports, see attached screen shot. At the same time, the Intel graphic control panel only sees the internal graphic card. It really looks like two of the control system decided to split my graphic system and refuse to talk to each other, which lead to no duplication of the content on both screens. Some addtional info, 1. I use USB display, ASUS 168B, which doesn't show on either control panel at all, so, no dup screen, but works as extention.2. I use MS wireless display adapter, the WiDi display shows under the intel graphic card, so, Yup, here is the dup screen I can have. Any ideas what is going on?  

A:W530 Graphics malfunction, win10, cant dup screen

To add more fun to the problem, the windows+P can force a duplication excution, but with the 2nd screen out of signal. Iooking into my Physx, see attached, it is mind twisting. It looks like the computer agrees there is a 2nd screen connected to the intel system, but consider it a phantom one, which means the signal is not coming to the physical VGA port. Any good ideas or suggestions?

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So, I havent really understood this with two dispaly adapters. On my Thinkpad W530 I have the Intel HD Graphics 4000 and the Nvidia Quadro K2000M Does the computer use both of these? How do I choose which one to use? It looks like mine is using the Intel, because as I right click on the desktop and go to Screen Resolution -> Advanced Settings I only get the Intel Controlpanel as an option (Not the Nvida). When I right click the deskop and choose Nvidia Controlpanel I get the error message: "NVIDIA Display settings are not available - You are not currently using a display attached to an NVIDIA GPU" I am totally lost  The laptop works perfectly fine, but I would of course like to use the best display adapter, if itīs possible. So it would be much appreciated if someone could explain this to me   


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A:W530 - Intel HD Graphics 4000 vs Nvidia Quadro K20...

Hi Oyvindpe,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
Change the setting in BIOS ? Config ? Display ? Graphic Device to Discrete Graphic and check.
Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar

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I have a W530 with a NIVIDIA Quadro K1000M graphics card running Win 10 Pro. I have an external monitor connected. I think the external monitor uses the K1000M and the internal monitor uses the Intel graphics card. The only options I have are: Extend these displaysShow on display 1 onlyShow on display 2 only There is no option to mirror the displays. How can configure my W530 so I can mirror the displays when I have a projector connected instead of the external monitor? Thanks.

A:How mirror displays on W530 with dicrete graphics card?

Hi Bazsl1, 
Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.
As I understand that you are facing issue while duplicating the Display in your W530
For this enter in BIOS mode Config> Display>Graphics Device>Discrete Graphics Save and Exit changes.
To use Duplicate Display in NVIDIA Optimus Mode check this link.
I hope the above information helped you.
And feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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i want to buy a graphics card for my pc but lots od people say that if your dedicated graphics is more power full than your apu graphics it will bottleneck your pc -1-is this true or -2-if it is would you recomend a graphics card to me thank you-dipdapslap

A:intergrated apu graphics + dedicated graphics=?

Hello dipdap mate personally I prefer NVidia as I had no end of problems and issues with AMD stuff.

Now I am of the opinion that a plug in GPU is better than on board stuff which is usually ok these days for day to day stuff. Now this brings me to what do you intend to do graphically with your machine??

As for bottle necking unless I have it terribly wrong plugging in a card disconnects the motherboard graphics so in effect it would be in theory impossible to run both at once.

It also depends on your budget but generally speaking out where I am this would cost you $179 GeForce GTX 750 Ti which is reasonably good for general use and light gaming to $429 for this ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Turbo 4GB - I like Asus stuff as you may have guessed and I use the Asus GTX 650Ti in both my desktops.

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Hi,I have in the past had a lot of problems with my Nvidia K2000M on my W530. Windows have kept disabling this due to "code 43" (Yellow triangle by the display driver).I have solved this by reinstalling Nvidia drivers, but when this happened every 3 days or so, I started to suspect something was wrong. And I believe I was right.... I tried to uninstall the driver (probably a mistake) before reinstalling the driver, but now the graphics card cannot be detected at all. When I try to install Nvidia drivers I get the following error message: "NVIDIA Installer cannot continue. This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware". I also tried to disable optimus in BIOS, and enabled discrete graphics to try to force the computer to find the NVIDIA graphics card, but this obviously didnīt work. The computer then starts up with low graphcis and bad resolution. Under "Display adapters" in Device Manager there is no card detected at all (As the Intel integrated was disabled). So, is my NVIDIA graphics card defective, or is there som other solution to try to detect it? PS! I Also did a system update through Lenovos update center. Updated firmware in BIOS etc. This did not solve the problem..... Thanks,-ø 

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Hi,I have in the past had a lot of problems with my Nvidia K2000M on my W530. Windows have kept disabling this due to "code 43" (Yellow triangle by the display driver).I have solved this by reinstalling Nvidia drivers, but when this happened every 3 days or so, I started to suspect something was wrong. And I believe I was right.... I tried to uninstall the driver (probably a mistake) before reinstalling the driver, but now the graphics card cannot be detected at all. When I try to install Nvidia drivers I get the following error message: "NVIDIA Installer cannot continue. This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware". I also tried to disable optimus in BIOS, and enabled discrete graphics to try to force the computer to find the NVIDIA graphics card, but this obviously didnīt work. The computer then starts up with low graphcis and bad resolution. Under "Display adapters" in Device Manager there is no card detected at all (As the Intel integrated was disabled). So, is my NVIDIA graphics card defective, or is there som other solution to try to detect it? PS! I Also did a system update through Lenovos update center. Updated firmware in BIOS etc. This did not solve the problem..... Thanks,-ø  

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My GPU is broken, I'm going from a 8500GT to a GTX260, and therefore the crappy winpower PSU in my computer isn't going to cut it. I'm aware that a good solid 600w PSU should do the job, but quite frankly I'm not paying Ģ50 for a PSU. No way.

Is there any good reason I can't use something like this:

Seems logical because it's future proof etc etc. So it's only Ģ20ish.

Also, another thing. Cheap PSUs etc are overrated by their manufacturers, but if you took say a 700w cheap PSU and made that dedicated for the GPU, the GPU is never going to take more than 200w anyway (less than what my computer is using with the 700w winpower in my machine). Is there a reason I can't just buy a cheap one and make that dedicated for graphics? How can it break/explode if it works fine on my 300w+ computer and I swap it into a 200w card?

A:Dedicated PSU for graphics

You mean besides that your Winpower could fry your entire system and cost you far more than $50?

Never used that Thermal take, but my main question is where would you put it? Do you keep your system on a test bench or in a case, as there are no mounting places for that in a typical case.

How much is that dedicated PSU? I would just buy a decent regular PSU and save yourself time, energy and a fried PC.

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I have done a full installation from an original disk while keeping one partition of old data. I have tried both a 2005 and a 2004 editions (from an earlier computer I had). Both went OK but when the computer reboot after the first phase of the configuration, they both failed to boot after the POST phase. I have tried to install Ubuntu 8.04 and it booted successfully and also showed me the option of starting the windows installation, which again failed to boot. I have DELL laptop Inspiron 6400 and using its diagnostic tools, it showed that all components are OK.

I am interested to know if it is possible that the problem is due to:
1) bad cd drive, as it is making some noises.
2) bad memory as I had installed by mistake wrong memory and fixed this once I understoof it is causing some problems.
3) bad harddisk although I had no indication so far there is some problem with it.

I wanted to ask then why linux installed with no problem and to finish this query, I have noticed it is possible to install from a USB stick (to bypass problem 1), but I dont have windows (osx and ubuntu 8.04 only), is there a way to create a bootable windows installation USB stick using a mac or linux?

Thanks and best regards,

A:fresh installation of windows fails to boot but linux boot with no problem

Your confusing to say the least.
The correct way to dual boot Window/Linux is to Install Windows 1st(Always) using all the drive. Then install Linux. All Linux versions will install a Boot manager so as you can then select whichever OS you desire. There are other ways but for someone like you that is the easiest.
Linux will install to a drive that Windows won't, Windows is very particular as to the disk surface, any little fault and it will refuse to install.
May I suggest you look at Puppy Linux 4.1. very, very fast and great for Wireless.

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

A:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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Tried Ubuntu & didn't like it so wanted to remove it completely. After deleting & recovering that portion of (G: ) which is where Ubuntu was installed, I couldn't boot in Windows 7. I was able to use my install disk to load into repair. The OS it found was-

OS -Windows 7
Partition Size - 122,001Mb
Location - (F: )

(F: ) struck me odd as I thought this would be (C: ) I then when to Command promp & used Bootrec.exe /fixmbr enter - then Bootrec.exe /fixboot enter then restarted. The PC booted in Windows 7 & all seems OK but still wondered if the location was correct. I reloaded the install disk as before & when into repair & it still says location as (F: ) which is my backup drive.

OK, my PC boots but shouldn't the location be (C: ) not (F: )? After all, if (F: ) is removed or goes bad I'd have the non-boot issue again, wouldn't I? If so, how do I write it to (C: )

A:Uninstalled Linux OS dual boot with Windows 7 now boot issue.

Dual-booting 2 or more Operating Systems can mess up the drive lettering, especially when 1 or more are uninstalled. If Windows is working properly the only issue will be in assuring program installations point to the drive Windows is on. The earlier versions of Windows such as Win98, WinME, etc., were particular as to the drive or partition they were installed on. Part of the situation may be affected by the newer motherboards and HDDs that use SATA connections instead of the older PATA, SATA has only one drive per socket on the board while PATA have one data cable for each socket and can have one or two drives on each cable.

The easiest/less time-consuming way I've found with such an issue is to backup any user data then boot to a GPARTED CD and wipe the HDDs that have or had an OS installed followed by connecting only one HDD for installing the OS then reconnecting the storage drives. Leaving any of the boot files of a previous OS on an HDD can mess up the boot process, sometimes slows things down when booting.

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Was trying to delete Linux from my dual boot and I accidentally the whole Windows 8 boot loader (again). But this time is worse.

I have Linux installed to get the boot loader back. Windows appears in the GRUB boot menu, but it is corrupted and will not boot. When I try to boot from it, it now goes to a "preparing automatic repairs" screen followed by an "attempting repairs" screen. I'm given an "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." Then it takes me to the Windows 8 recovery options.

Before it got corrupted, I tried doing a system restore from the recovery options but had to force a shutdown because the restore got stuck and would not end even after 10 hours had passed. That was probably a bad idea.

What should I try next?

A:Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

if you have a windows 8 disk, you can try a startup repair.

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Is there any way to disable the dedicated amd radeon r5 m330 graphics in my laptop as i was planning to install an external graphics card through the mini PCI-E express slot while removing the wifi module.

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Hello everyone. I own the Lenovo Z50-75 and I would like to know if it's possible to use only the dedicated graphics card for gaming on this laptop. First of all, my system specs are:
CPU: AMD FX-7500 @2.1GHz
RAM: 6GB (5GB in use)
GPU: Radeon R7 (integrated; shares 1GB with RAM), Radeon R7 M260DX (dedicated with 2GB VRAM)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
I know this laptop comes with the AMD's "Dual Graphics" feature. The problem is that most games don't work well with this setting (I had problems in many games with Dual Graphics enabled, such as screen flickering). Therefore I would like to use only the dedicated card, but no matter what I try, it seems impossible to get it working seperately from the integrated card.
I monitor the GPU load using GPU-Z, and the only way I could get the dedicated graphics card to show activity was when I enabled dual graphics with "AFR Friendly mode". Without Dual Graphics, it never turns on! But it is supposed to turn on when I set the power plan on "High performance", right?
What I've tried so far: 
1. Disabled Dual Graphics and set every possible setting on High Performance (under power plan and CCC). The integrated card was used instead of the dedicated.
2. Enabled Dual Graphics, but set the game profile (in CCC) not to use Dual Graphics. No luck.
3. Plugged the laptop on an external HDMI monitor to see if the dedicated graphics card is enabled. Didn't... Read more

A:How to use the dedicated graphics card on Z50-75

Your point 1 should work for using the dedicated GPU.
From what I read, "Dual Graphics" from AMD is not a good working feature at the moment. You should do Point 1 (you mentioned).
Also, switch to Windows 8.1
Apply GPU updates.
Apply BIOS updates (if any).
Play a game and make sure you connected to AC power.
Try older AMD drivers, if the latest one gives problems.

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 I have  Nvidia GT740M dedicated graphics, i game quit alot but never had any overheating or any stutters but suddenly i started getting low fps in games i checked device manager/display adapters and my dedicated Gpu is nowhere to be found! which means that  games started running on the integreated intel 4600 Graphics .although all  my Nvidia drivers were up to date. i tried rolling back to previous drivers ver, uninstalled all of them but when reinstalling the setup just won't detect my GPU hardware. i even tried reinstalling windows but to no avail.  My Gpu seems to be totally dead.So are there any methods to fix it ? other than replacing the whole motherboard? i've heard that the heat gun method seems to do some wonders Much appreciated,

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Do I have to have a dedicated graphics card to record video?

My device manager / sound, video, game controller / legacy video capture devices, shows no 'properties' , and Windows Movie Maker has 'audio only' for the record option... What's up?


A:dedicated graphics card?

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I have an Acer Aspire 7750G-6662. It has switchable graphics with Intel Graphics as well as AMD Radeon 6650M 2GB VRAM.

I've already solved my first obstacle, which was how to set my laptop to only run the Radeon Graphics.

However, my new problem is that I am not sure if it is performing at it's max capacity. After some research on the internet, I came across the program called GPU-Z to monitor my memory usage.

In the "Memory Usage Dedicated" section, it states that the highest number it achieved while I was running a game (Arma 2), was 560mbs.

This seems to be far below the 2GBS of VRAM that my graphics card is stated to have.

Some additional information on this is:

I originally figured out how to set my dedicated card as my main graphics through a method posted in this thread that I found on the sevenforums website:

Acer Laptop: Switchable Graphics using i7 & AMD Radeon

Refer to post #131

Also, browsing through the thread, on page 27, post #263, another user appears to have a similar problem that I am experiencing. He later states that he figured out how to rectify the problem, but did not post the solution.

My system specs are:

Acer Aspire 7750G-6662
Intel Core i5-2430M
Switchable Graphics: Intel and AMD Radeon 6650M 2GB VRAM

So my question is, is this normal to only be maxing out at 560mbs?

I'm new to dealing with graphics cards, so any help is appreciated!

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A:Dedicated Graphics Memory

If the game only required 560 MB of video memory then that is all it needed.

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I wanna buy a new laptop mostly for graphic work/gaming and im almost sure that i want the HP DV5-100 model. I've red that it has Nvidia GF9600 512mb dedicated graphics card which is what i need, however elsewhere i found its specifications which says that this laptop doesnt have dedicated graphics... Would you tell me if GF9600 actually is a dedicated graphics card or not? Im not very keen on computers and am a bit confused.

Thanks a lot!

A:Is it a dedicated graphics card?

It seems it doesn't have 9600GT. Instead, I read it has GeForce Go 7400

For example here.. Nevermind, just assumed after finding 3 times the same specs...

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Im looking into getting a laptop and although im waiting till Feb and the launch of Vista im looking now.

One of the things that comes up, especialy on sites such as Dell where you can build your PC online is Graphics and video cards/controllers.

For the laptop i was looking at i had a choice between 256 Shared, 128 Dedicated (+Ģ79), 256 Dedicated (+Ģ120)

Now the 256 dedicated is a bit expensive for me so ignore that.

1 plan to getting 2Gb RAM and 1.8Ghz Duel Core proccessor in it. I will be running Vista Home Premium, game, music, video, and many applications at once.

What should i go for:

256Mb Shared Graphics
128Mb Dedicated Graphics


Thanks Guys

A:Graphics - 256 Shared or 128 Dedicated - Which is better

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(Not sure if this is the right place to put this..)
Hello there,
Last week I purchased a new HP Pavilion g6 laptop. It has Windows 7 Home Premium(64-bit), a 750GB hard drive, 6GB RAM, and a AMD A4 Dual Core processor(2.4GHz) with Radeon HD Graphics. The graphics card has about 3GB of graphics memory but only 512MB is dedicated to video memory and because of that, I cant play certain games and if they do work, they lag ALOT! So I would like to change the amount of dedicated video memory...is there any way to do that??? Pleaseeee helpppp meeee. Thanks in advance!

A:Dedicated Graphics Memory

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I have a game (Aura: fate of the ages) that says it needs graphics that support DirectX 8 and has 32MB of memory. Is it possible to run this game on integrated graphics if at least 32MB of RAM is shared to it? Or will I need graphics with its own memory? Thanks in advance.

A:integrated vs. dedicated graphics

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I'm not that techy but heres what I have: -Lenovo Z50-75-8GB Ram-AMD Radeon r7 m260dx graphics (one integrated power saving graphics and one high performance dedicated graphics card)-Windows 10 No matter what I've tried so far I cannot get the high performance graphics card to run X-Plane. Therefore it is using the power saving integrated one which means I can barely play the game on its minimum graphics settings and I know it should be able to do a lot better! I've been into the AMD control centre and set the game to run on the 'high performance gpu' yet when I select the power application monitor it shows that its never the high performance dedicated gpu being used, just the intigrated one! Any ideas to help me get this working anyone?

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I've got Windows 7 installed and would like to set up a dual boot system with an Ubuntu 9.04. However, I would like to use the Windows 7 boot loader instead of GRUB. How can I do that? Thanks in advance.

A:Linux Dual Boot System Using the Windows 7 Boot MGR

See if this thread from today helps: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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I recently felt the urge to experiment with Linux and installed Ubuntu Mint and tried to set up dual booting.

However I seem to have only suceeded in preventing Windows booting at all. I cannot get into the recovery drive to undo my wrong doing.

How can I reset the windows boot manager without access to windows or recovery partitions?

Many thanks in advance from a frustrated fool!

A:Dual Boot Linux preventing Windows boot

Hi there
Try this -- although it says W7 the same mechanism works for W8 / W8.1

uninstall - Removing GRUB from windows system after uninstalling Ubuntu from Windows 7 - Ask Ubuntu


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First, here are my specs:

Toshiba Qosmio (LAPTOP) custom model
Intel Core i7 2.40GHz
Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M
12gb of DDR3 RAM
750gb hard drive space
Windows 8.1 and currently updated.

All drivers are updated to their latest versions as possible.

My issue which I have looked all over on many other forums is this: Games are not recognizing my Nvidia card and are utilizing my HD Graphics card instead. I looked on many other forums and they said to make sure this list is checked.

Graphics Drivers updated, check
Tell Nvidia Control Pannel to utilize the Nvidia card first, check
Make sure all other drivers are also updated, check
All else fails follow the steps into the BIOS and switch the priority setting for the graphics cards to make use of the Nvidia card first instead of the integrated graphics card, error.

I proceeded into the BIOS, but there is literally no option for me to do so, as I've seen on other videos and forums of people doing the same. It's like it doesn't exist.

Toshiba's website states it doesn't have a BIOS update for the computer (this computer is 2 years old now) If there is one I've been unable to find it. However I am clueless as to why this would be an issue if it were one, the hardware has not changed since I bought it.

This is an issue for 2 reasons.
1. VRAM, I am unable to play certain games which require more VRAM and they crash and are set to the lowest setting of graphics despite the card ... Read more

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Have a W541 (running Win 7) which includes onboard Intel graphics and the Nvidia Quadro K1100M.  Is there a way to force the laptop to always use the Nvidia so I get better resolution?  From within the Nvidia control panel I set the preferred graphics processor to be the high performance Nvidia but it doesn't really seem to change anything even after a reboot.  There's nothing in BIOS either about disabling Optimus or anything else that might force the use of Intel.

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Hey Guys,so i bought this hp laptop(my father bought it for me actually lol ) from the store(Jarir bookstore) a couple of weeks ago,and it has both integrated and dedicated graphics(hybrid/discrete).Its not a gaming laptop but its pretty good with games released before 2016(doesnt mean it cant run games released in 2016).Its got 4gb ram,Intel 520 Graphics 2 gb(integrated) and an AMD R5 M330(render only display device) with display memory 4gb and dedicated memory 2 gb.I know its a low end graphics card but can it really be worse than the intel's built in graphics??
I have checked the specs,and also tryed both graphics on games(intel looks nicer,but amd gives a bit more fps but there are black edges in rendered tiles in games).I dont wanna use integrated for gaming becoz who would?
How is this possible?I mean why would they bother putting in a dedicated graphics if its worse than the Integrated one?Also all my drives are up to date,Is there anything i would be doing wrong still?
Here are my specs:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Single Language, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 78 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3994 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon (TM) R5 M330, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 451 GB (324 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 8136
And here is the intel gpu specs: Intel Hd Graphics 520
Total memory: 2gb
Dedicated Memory : 247 mb
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I actually think it's integrated but yeah, how do I do it?
According to running a random game on systemrequirementslab.com (Dead Island), my dedicated video RAM is 32mb, which is... bleh. It's not a custom built, I bought it from the store.
Here are specs according to dxdiag:
System Info:
Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 5323
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3217U CPU @ 1.80GHz (4 CPUs), ~1.8GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Page file: 3252MB used, 5310MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
DAC Type: Internal
Device Type: Full Display Device
Approx. Total Memory: 1664 MB
Current Display Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
DirectX Features:
DirectDraw Acceleration: Enabled
Direct3D Acceleration: Enabled
AGP Texture Acceleration: Enabled
Main Driver: Just a bunch of random letters and numbers, too long and runs out of view
Version: Blank space
Date: 10/6/2012 12:12:22 AM
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Feature Levels: 11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.2
I'm really bad with technical stuff in computers, so be REALLY detailed

A:How do I add more dedicated Video RAM to my graphics card?

The only detail you need to know - you just cant do it. And its not bleh, video ram is the last thing you should look at, it doesnt give you anything.

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Hi guys and girls,

I've been having a little trouble lately with my dedicated graphics card. My integrated is working fine, but my dedicated graphics card isn't even being detected (via device manager) let alone working.

I opened my case up and saw that on startup my fan budges a little bit as if it has life, but then fails to fully fire up. Yesterday i reseated it, cleaned it and the motherboard slot with some compressed air, swapped pcie cables and power cycled ect, and it worked like a charm, running everything I wanted it to. But the morning after it reverted back to its undetectable, idle state. a I retried everything that I did before, nothing happened.

So now I come to you, could I get some help please?

my graphics card is AMD HD Radeon 7800

Thankyou so much in advance!

A:dedicated Graphics Card not starting?

Please post your system specs, To include Make and model System if Big Box, or same info for the following if custom or home built, Mother Board (including Revision number), Processor (Exact Model Number), Ram, Video Card, Hdd(s), Optical Drive(s), Power Supply Manufacturer Model, Wattage and Amperage on the +12V Rails, OS, and any other peripherals installed on the motherboard.

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So I have a little issue. I started playing GTA V on PC today and I can not even play in 1920x1080 due to too low VRAM. I checked the graphics info on Windows and the Total available graphics memory is 4800mb. However, only 1024mb is in dedicated memory. It would be safe to increase to like 1070-1100mb, right? However, I can not find any settings to change this in my BIOS. I have a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 motherboard. Is there any way to change this? Would so want to change this. Btw, my GPU is an ATI Radeon HD 5850 and RAM is 8GB DDR3.

A:Increase Dedicated Graphics Memory

No, you can`t change it.

Not sure why you`re having problems with the game.

Maybe it`s time for a better card.


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Does anyone know why these 2 totals are different ?

Shouldn`t they both be 6 GB ?

A:Different dedicated graphics memory amounts on 980 Ti

Probably how windows see 's the ram in sli

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Just like the topic says. I have an older K330B that I want to use for some gaming. I have added a newer Radeon video card and upgraded the PSU to support the new card.  With the PSU connected to the video card, the system power up at boot (fans, etc), but the display never gets a signal.With the PSU disconnected from the video card, the system boots up fine. In the BIOS (DPKT21A 08.08.2011) there does NOT seem to be a choice for using PCI v. IGD. Any help would be appreciated.

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Greetings good people.I know i am new here but i really need some help.
I recently bought asus k53t series laptop with integrated radeon hd 6520g and dedicated radeon hd 7670m graphic cards.
My problem starts there.I installed the chipset drivers provided on dvd which came with laptop and instead of catalyst control center,i got vision control center.Vision control center shows that my integrated graphic is primary while dedicated one is linked adapter.I taught that it should be like that,so i went to switchable graphic options which offers me to chose between power sawing mode(which should be using integrated adapter) and high performance mode (which should be using dedicated).
But when i tested a game i got no difference between those two modes I have been trying to find out for days if i can use only dedicated graphic card because my bios does not offer me that option and vision center offers me to use just integrated or both linked together(which does not give better performance than just integrated) Drivers for both cards are installed since device manager can see them both,but when i run dxdiag or cpuz/gpuz.hwmonitor etc... it detects only the integrated graphic So i am really looking forward for your help and i am hoping you can provide me with a solution to how can i use just dedicated graphic card or what is a proper way of using this cards i have got

A:Problems with using dedicated graphics on laptop

Hi probotzor, Welcome to the forums, It's always advisable to download the latest drivers from the manfs website ASUS - Notebooks- ASUS K53TA the supplied DVD is sometimes out of date and does'nt contain the latest drivers , I think catylist control centre as changed name now to vision control centre, update your drivers from Asus website , If that does'nt help you please post back and we will do our best to help

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So this is an issue that I've had for about a year or so, but it kinda wasn't important to me that much until now.  Basically what happened: My fan was getting really loud and my laptop would overheat, nothing would help, not even vacuuming it. So i decided to open my laptop, but for some reason, I couldn't get the entire cover off and I ended up not cleaning the fan, so I decided to give it to a company to clean it for me. They did a great job, but when I got the laptop back, one of the graphics cards wasnt working, the dedicated radeon one. Not working means it wouldnt show up anywere, as if it wasnt even in the laptop, i couldnt find it in device manager or anything, so my guess is, its actually disconnected. Due to a number of reasons I could not get back to the company to make them fix what they did. but since I didnt really need the graphics card, I didnt mind. That was until now. Now, since I want to do some video editing, a bit more hardcore gaming etc. I would realy need the graphics card, so I decided to open my laptop and I managed to find a video on how to do it, and I did it. When i got in, I could clean the fan, but I simply dont know where the graphics card is so i could reconnect it. I've been searching all around trying to find it, but i cant. Can somebody please tell me how its supposed to look like, where I can find it and how i can reconnect it.  Thanks a lot.

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It seems as though, my Dedicated graphics card will not turn on even after i specifically changed the settings in "Switchable Graphics Application Settings" What do I do to solve this problem?

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A:Dedicated Graphics Card Disabled

Have you done anything in BIOS like UMA graphics or something else..... ? ThanksKamal

Dont forget to click KUDOS button(right down this sentence)if i have helped you....Ask any questions or Doubts,iam always ready to help....

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Hello. My girlfriend has a Lenovo y50 Touch with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860m GPU. It has perfomed well, however when I recently installed AutoCAD 2015 on it, I found out that it is actually using the Intel Integrated graphics card instead.
Rant:This is very disappointing because I advised her to purchase this one because of the dedicated graphics, and if it is not even going to use it then she could have saved a lot of money buying one without it.
Anyways, I have tried a few things to fix it, namely going to the Nvidia Control Panel and chaning the prefered graphics card to to the Nvidia. But I right-click on autocad and go to "Run with Graphics Processor >" it still shows the intel as the default, and even when I chose nvidia, the intel is still shown as the graphics processor from the autocad setting.

In short, I need help enabling the dedicated nvidia graphics card and using that insetad of the intel integrated. Any help is much appreciated! Please let me know what additional information would be needed.

A:Lenovo y50 Touch not using Dedicated Graphics. HELP!

See this AutoCad knowledgebase. Hopefully you can disable the intel card in BIOS as the article states.
Edit: This could lead to trouble I will post the link shortly. Here it is.

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Basically, I use two types of programs day to day:1. dB software (Zoot)2. Photo software: Lightroom & Photoshop On this machine there are 2gig dedicated graphics What I'd like to know is the best way to use it. How can I prevent a program (ex my dB prgram) from using it? How do I instruct my graphics heavy programs to use it? Does it switch in & out when I swtich between programs (Ex Lightroom vs Photoshop0 This is the first system I've owned with dedicated graphics so I'm not sure how to make use of this option. Thank you very much. Jan RifkinsonRidgefield CT USA

A:how to utilize dedicated graphics memory

Hi,The dedicated graphic chip gets automatically assigned depending on whether program is graphic intensive oneYou can also manuall?y do it, please read Setting the graphics processor for one software program or game section in this HP document if your laptop came with NVIDIA dedicated graphic system: https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c03519217RegardsVisruth

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Hi, I would like to find out how much dedicated graphics/video memory I have and how much I have in total. If I'm not using all of it, how can I dedicate the rest of the memory so all of it is in use?

Thanks in advance,

A:How can I find out and set dedicated graphics memory?

Wow, I'm not even sure where to begin in correcting your misconceptions about what video memory is.

The OS will allocate video memory for several things, among them is the actual video display (the pixels shown on your screen). This memory is typically much smaller than the total amount of memory your card has, but that extra memory is used by programs (such as Aero, or 3D Games) to create textures, do compositing, or various other tasks. This is dedicated video memory and cannot be used for anything other than video GPU memory.

Ok, I lied, that's not entirely true. Some video chipsets (notably Intel) can share video memory with the host computer, and you can change the amount of memory is allocated to video rather than system memory. That memory must still be dedicated to video memory though, once you set it in the bios.

In any event, video memory is video memory. Your system will use what you have, and any extra goes unused if it's not needed.

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My Alineware has stopped responding to the Alienware specific function kyes. I think i have all the updated drivers. Are there some specific driver for those kyes?

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Hi, I have a HP Omen laptop that has Intel integrated graphics and a dedicated Nvidia GTX 860m graphics. I have this laptop for just over a year and everything has been going fine. Recently, performance in games have been very bad.. I don't think games are ACTUALLY using the Nvidia driver even though it says it is. I used to be able to play GTA5 and RimWorld with great FPS over 60. Now, GTA5 can't even get 2 FPS and RimWorld gets about 20. I did not change anything with Nvidia drivers. Thinking this was a software problem, I performed a clean install of Windows 10 and it did not fix anything.Picture of GTA5 "using" the Nvidia graphics: http://i.imgur.com/NSOL79L.pngBy the look of the performance, it would seem that it is using the Intel graphics instead of the Nvidia even though it says it is using the Nvidia graphics. Especially because usually in graphic intensive games like GTA5 you would hear the fans spinning for the Nvidia graphics. Both the Nvidia graphics and Intel graphic drivers are up-to-date. I ran a benchmark test in GTA5 with Normal/Low settings with GPU-Z running in the background. GTA5 was getting about 4 FPS. In the past on the same laptop, I used to be able to get 60+ FPS on High settings. Here is a picture of the GPU-Z: http://i.imgur.com/vI23tLR.pngThe GPU load is being maxed out at 100% as well as the memory and core clock. The GPU temperature is not rising however and on my machine, you cannot hear the GPU fan spinning (previousl... Read more

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