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Pre-Sales Question - Dell XPS Laptops Dedicated Graphics

Q: Pre-Sales Question - Dell XPS Laptops Dedicated Graphics

I'm looking at buying one of the Dell XPS Laptops with Dedicated Nvidia Graphics.
Can I ask if the Intel Graphics are automatically disabled in Hardware or does this use the Optimus Technology via the Nvidia Control Panel to choose which Graphics card to use?
I asked the Pre-Sales chat and was told the intel graphics were disabled, but I looked at the user manual and it says Optimus is used.
Could you confirm which is the case?

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A: Pre-Sales Question - Dell XPS Laptops Dedicated Graphics

The system is Optimus-controlled.

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So I'm going to be buying something from them in the near future (I know, I know...), and I'm looking at their current offer of free shipping, something like 450 dollars off the system, and a free 17" flat screen monitor, and I'm thinking that's pretty good.

But then I find out they had a half priced laptop sale on the 19th I missed.

Is the current promotion they have going good for them, or is it just sort of par for the course? I'm not in a serious rush, so I can wait a little while to catch a really good one.

A:Question regarding Dell sales promotion

do the research man. try tigerdirect.com or bcd2000.com
both have very good setups for the price more often better than what dell has to offer.

a high plus in my book is if you ever have to call tech support for whatever reason, you won't be talking to somebody that has to read from a computer generated script.

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Today I received an email entitled "Whoops We're overstocked!."  .. leading me to laptops that I had been previously shopping.  There is no sale.  Same price as two weeks ago.

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I am using dell inspiron 5559 and it has both intel and amd graphics card.
is the amd graphics card dedicated or only intel graphics card is attached to display
as it is only showing 128 mb dedicated video memory and in directx it shows the amd graphics card as render only graphics card.

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Hello, I had dell inspiron 15 5558 8gb ram 1tb HDD core i7 5500u ...so the my question is that will my laptop  supports nvidia geforce 945m or nvidia gtx 950m dedicated graphics card? If I replace it with my current nvidia geforce 920m dedicated graphics card???? Please reply fast!

A:Dell 5558 i7 8gb ram dedicated graphics card support

Thank you for posting, I wish that i have better news for you. The 5558 is similar to a good many Dell notebooks in which the discreet GPU is soldered on the system board. Unfortunately there are no means to upgrade the GPU. 


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I want to upgrade to an XFX RX 460 (RX460P4DDGR). The minimum requirement of "System Memory", is 4gb. I understand that System Memory, and Installed Memory, are two different things... and it would appear that the PCIe/Display Adapter has at least 2gb (possibly 3gb), but I don't know exactly how much.
I have read that you need to access the BIOS/Chipset Menu in order to make the necessary changes, but I am not clear on how to do so. I have tried a variety of the "F" keys prior to "full Boot", but I am only \able to access "Boot/Boot Related" Menus... nothing that pertains to "Advanced Features". 
I have also read, that Dell has a few tricks that need to be performed, instead of the "Usual "F" Nonsense"... but I have not had any luck. I am currently using the following system:
Dell XPS 8300
Intel i5 2320 CPU
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OS (Fresh Install)
AMD/XFX Radeon HD 6770 1gb GDDR5
Toshiba/OCZ Trion 960gb SSD
16gb PNY XLR8 DDR3 (Installed)

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Purchased (2) identical HP 17" laptops:  "HP Notebook - 17z-y000", HP did not list ANY detail regarding the dedicated video memory for the "Integrated AMD Radeon R7 graphics" on the build/configure page for purchase.  I contacted HP and was advised to refer to the specifications listed in the doc entitled "HP Notebook PC (AMD) Models: HP 17-y000 ? 17-y099 Maintenance and Service Guide" ( http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05143572 ).  The two R7 configurations list "AMD Radeon? R7 M440 R16M-M1-70" with either 2048MB or 4096MB.  I purchased the laptops. After considerable research (eventually calling AMD and using diagnostic utilities) I find that these laptops only have 512MB dedicated video memory!  I am unable to run multiple apps that require more that 512MB dedicated video memory. I've contacted HP Technical Support to confirm this and to discuss upgrade/return/exchange but was eventually referred to HP US Sales.  I contacted HP US Sales to confirm this and to discuss upgrade/return/exchange but was referred back to HP Technical Support. Time is passing, I am getting the run-around and I still have no resolution -> who do I need to contact at HP to return/exchange these laptops for what is documented?

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I was wondering if it was possible to replace my laptops GMAHD integrated card with a, I don't know, nVidia 9600GT. Click my specs button for my... you know, specs.

A:Solved: Can I replace my laptops integrated GPU with a dedicated?

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In June 2016 our company bought Inspiron 5759. I used it at office, we have air conditioning, nothing that could cause overheating or other problems. In the end of July 17 laptop just turned off and didnt react on any actions. I brought to service center and they told it's the hub located on the same board with CPU. The only way to fix it is to replace the whole board which costs around 600 USD because there's CPU Core i7 in it. I was given another laptop Inspiron 5558 which was not used since winter of 2017 because it had problems with WiFi. I tried to connect it with LAN cable and discovered that LAN is not working, in fact there's no LAN adapter in device manager. Service center said today that's the same problem - but this time hub is not completely broken, it's just doesnt see LAN adapter and periodically shuts down WiFi. The technician told that this is a frequent problem with Inspirons and Dell knows about it but doesnt recall laptops or extend warranty on this spare part. I asked when second laptop got the wifi issues - it started at the beginning of 2017 and warranty ended in December 2016. Again just 1-2 months.

So, it looks very strange that Dell laptops break right after ending of warranty with same problem, and we can't just change the hub, we need to buy a new board which includes CPU for 600 USD.
SNs: c0jchc2, 5lcmd72

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I have a pivot table that gives me sales by each division over a period of time. When I do the pivot chart I can just pull the divisions over into my field list and show "Average Sales". This is for the whold company. This is great but what I would like to have is a line chart showing the sales of each of the division AND also show the Average sales of all divisions within same chart.

I can't figure out how to do it.

If you know I would be thrilled.


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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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I am running QBPro 2007 on a windows machine running XP. I am trying to clean up 2010 and for some reason, all of the sales receipts after September 20 have a pull down menu to designate where the money is supposed to be deposited to. All of the sales receipts prior to that date do not have that option. How can I add it? Or is there some other way to designate where the money goes?

Thanks so much in advance for any assistance with this!


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First I would like to say THANK YOU! The Database that you put together is just what I was looking for. Easy to use and edit. OK, now to the question, I have adapted everything and gotten it to work except the "Save the Invoice". When I click on yes, it just says that it can't and will only allow me to print. What do I need to do to get it to save the invoices?

A:OBP- Your Computer Sales and Repairs v 0.2 database question

Cory, welcome to the Forum.
Well that would depend on what changes you have made, what version of Access you are using etc.
If I remember correctly that piece of code saves the Invoice in a Folder and uses the MS SNAP format to save it.
Can you point me to the Thread where you found the copy and I will take a look.

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Hey guys! It's been a while since I have been on here. Recently I have been having an issue with my old Dell XPS 410 that I have traced back to the graphics card. This is my current setup.

It's a Dell XPS 410 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit with Service Pack 1, 2.66ghz Q6700 Core2 Quad, 8gb DDR2 PC2-6400 Ram, Two identical 7200rpm 500gb Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives and an Nvidia GeForce GT 120 with 1gb DDR2 for the graphics card. I have never had any trouble with this set up, but have recently been getting blue screens and believe the graphics card is the cause.

I don't do any major gaming. Emulating Gamecube games (That I actually own but am too lazy to play on the actual Gamecube system) is about as far as I go, so the Nvidia GeForce Gt 120 has actually worked very well for me up until now. Here is a picture of my exact card.

I have been told that the best card that I can currently upgrade to will either be a ATI HD 7750 or an Nvidia GTX650-E. I did a comparison, and out of the two I like the Nvidia better for my own personal reasons.

I'm sure it's probably much more than I actually need, seeing as I don't do any real gaming, but if you can't tell from my current set up, I like the biggest and the baddest. This computer definitely did not come with a Q6700 Core2 Quad in it, and it's definitely more processor than I need.

Anyways, getting to the point. I was told that the Nvidia GTX 650-E was the best my computer could handle because of my power sup... Read more

A:Dell XPS 410 Graphics Card Question

Your power supply does have the PCIe power connector. I had a "cousin" of the XPX410, a Dimension E510 which was also BTX style. The XPS line was the top line Dell consumer models back when they were sold.

The general consensus on the Dell forum by the techies on there was that Dell also tended to underrate power supplies in that era, thus your 375 watt is more like a 400 or 415 watt commercial power supply.

I used to do a lot of support on the Dell forums, thus my familiarity.

As far as what video card to get, you can get many suggestions on that. I've had systems with NVIDIA cards (I currently have one with a GTS450 OC) and ATI Radeon cards. Both worked well. But, I'm not a gamer.

If you want more specific Dell help, here is the link to the Dell Desktop hardware forum, which is mostly users like this forum.

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Hi, I just purchased a laptop from dell and over much debate forced myself to go with the Inspiron over the XPS laptops. I know it sounds crazy but I got a $1,450 for 1,100 with coupon combinations, etc.

My biggest concern, and my only problem with the laptop is it is running a Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100. I've read reviews on its performance, and well, im very distraught.

Me being a gamer I have to have some kind of video performance.

IS THERE ANY and i mean ANY way this could be upgraded? Even if it would only take a few hardware component swaps, please tell me that one day I can make this a beast of a laptop. Here are its specs, and the reason why I chose it over the XPS. Im sure you will agree its a great laptop, only lacking in graphics capability (and possibly HDD RPM).

-- Inspiron 1520 --
-- Intel® Core? 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
-- [223-5726]
-- Memory --
-- 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
-- [311-7216]
-- LCD Panel --
-- Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
-- [320-5460]
-- Video Card --
-- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
-- [320-5457]
-- Hard Drive --
-- Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
-- [341-5453]
-- Operating System (Office software not included) --
-- Genuine Windows® XP Professional
-- Network Card and Modem --
-- Int... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron graphics card question

have you checked dell website for upgrades? I believe there is non available but just to make sure

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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 all,

I just have a quick question about my notebook's..... integrated graphics *gasp*.
So, basically I've been on http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri quite a bit since I got my new Dell Inspiron laptop just to see what games I can run on it, though I knew from the beginning it wouldn't run any games that were very graphics-heavy. The one thing that confuses me is that the above website constantly tells me my video card isn't up to running a game, but that the individual aspects of my chipset are far above what's necessary. For example when checking to see if I could run Company of Heroes, this is what the website said:

Video Card Minimum: Nvidia GeForce 3 or an ATI Radeon 8500 or equivalent with 64 MB of Video RAM. It must also support Pixel Shader 1.1.

You Have: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card

Video RAM - 64 MB You have: 1.3GB
3D - Yes You have: Yes
Hardware and T&L: Yes You have: Yes
Pixel Shader version: 1.1 You have: 4.0
Vertex Shader version: 1.1 You have: 4.0

So, can anyone tell me why exactly my video hardware is inadequate when these minimums are being surpassed?

Many thanks,


A:Dell Inspiron integrated graphics question (not about upgrading)

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Hi everyone,
Firstly, I'd like to thank you for your time.
My question is whether I could upgrade my PC from a Nvidia GeForce 640 GT to a Nvidia GeForce 960 GTX in my current setup without making any other changes (mainly power supply concerns).
My current specifications:
Dell XPS 8500 Mini-tower
Evo 500 GB SSHD (upgrade from stock 2 TB Seagate HD 7200 RPM)
3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3770 processor 3.40 GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0 to 3.90 GHz
12GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1600MHZ (2 x 2 GB + 2 x 4 GB)
Nvidia GeForce 640 GT 1GB GDDR5 (Windows 8)
Windows 8 64 Bit
- I have not checked which power supply my system has as I have been told (hopefully true even on the older versions) that it is a 470 W Power Supply
I would prefer not to change too many things in my system as it has worked very well for me.
I am wondering whether I would be able to run a Nvidia GeForce 960 GTX that only carries a recommended wattage of 400 W or would any of the other parts in my computer conflict.
Sorry if I provided too much information but wanted to be sure. Thank you so much for any replies.
- Brandon C

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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 £50 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 £20ish.

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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So, I followed a friend's recommendation and bought a GTX 1050 ti mini graphics card for my Inspiron 660s. After getting the card, I've come to the realization that there doesn't appear to be any way to install it. My questions are, is it possible to install the GTX 1050 ti mini, and if not, what card could be used? Help!

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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 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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(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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Hi, I have just bought a lenovo yoga 730 15 IWL It has an nvidia card and intel integrated graphics. I frequently work with very lagre raster images, and would like to use the dedicated graphic card for that. However, whatever I try, I can't make this computer using the nvidia card. I have tried to change the power plan as well as preffered graphic adapter in the nvidia app and in windows settings. It still keeps using this intel integrated graphics, and each time I open some large raster image, my computer tries to take off... Is there any way to fix it? Otherwise, I should probably return this not particularly useful computer, as my old one does the same job pretty much with the same speed...  

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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'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 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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 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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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 (+£79), 256 Dedicated (+£120)

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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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.
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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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Hello.  I have the full sized desk top version of the Dell Optiplex 980.
I have purchased an AMD Radeon R5 230 2GB Graphics Card to upgrade; however, I am now worried that it will not work/fit into my Optiplex 980 and whether my power supply can handle if it indeed it will work/fit... 
I would really appreciate it if someone with expertise could school me!
Thank you.
Mike in Cedar Park, TX

A:Full size Dell Optiplex 980 graphics card upgrade question please...

What type of Optiplex chassis and what brand was the card? For example, as per the page here this R5 230 will fit in the 980 Desktop and probably the minitower version of your Optiplex. And, being that this card works and lists your system as compatible I would think you should be good with the power supply, but was does the card state are the power requirements?Best regards,Brad 

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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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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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I'm Trying to change the Dedicated graphics memory for my Laptop Since right now its only 256 MB out of the 3067 MB It has. I can't figure out how to change it.

Computer Specs :


Manufacturer TOSHIBA
Model Satellite C650D
Total amount of system memory 8.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2


Total size of hard disk(s) 233 GB
Disk partition (C: ) 55 GB Free (233 GB Total)
Media drive (D: ) CD/DVD
Media drive (F: ) CD/DVD
Media drive (G: ) CD/DVD


Display adapter type ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200
Total available graphics memory 3067 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 256 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 2811 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.632.1.2000
Primary monitor resolution 1366x768
DirectX version DirectX 10

A:How do I change Dedicated graphics memory

Proactiveboomer, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Unless there is an option in the bios to change it to 512 MB, you can't. Also if it is there and you increase, you will also have less system memory.

As far as that 3067 MB available that is the total of dedicated and shared, and the shared only gets used if/when the dedicated is filled up. This might help some,

Video Memory Virtualization - A Brief Guide

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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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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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Hello.I've had this issue for about a year now, but since it was never really that important, i just let it go. BUt now, I would really need a fix. Basically what happened is that I had an issue with my cooling fan, it was ful of dust. So i had it cleaned out by a company, but when i got my laptop back, my dedicated amd graphics no longer worked. But not only that, it was literally gone from every scan. Cant find it under device manager, not in the dxdiag, not anywhere. SO my guess is that it must have been somehow disconnected. My question is, how can i reconnect it. Where on the motherboard do i find the connection between the graphics card and the motherboard. I dont know if these 2 are connected, but my cd/dvd rom also no longer works.

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I want to play games, so can i install nvidia graphic card in Lenovo Ideapad 310?If yes, then which will be the best. Thanks

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I got today the G500 with an i3 @ 2.4GhZ, 4GB RAM, Radeon 8750m GPU and 1TB HDD, I installed both drivers (Intel and AMD) but the Intel is set to default and it takes 2GB of ram. How do I remove the Intel and keep the AMD? 


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A:How to set dedicated graphics card to default on G...

Hi Alexandr,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I?m sorry to inform you that the AMD GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) will automatically if the application that is running requires High-End graphics and cannot and manually switched in the computer; even if the Intel driver is disabled or Un-Installed the computer will automatically download using ?Windows Update? and revert back to same stage. I suggest you to use the graphics and the other features as provided by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).
Do post us back for further queries.
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar

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I bought the lenovo notebook G40-70 with a i5 processor and 4th generation of intel graphics (4400), it has 2000 mb of total memory graphic, but only 160 mb are dedicated, well the vortex and pixel shader model are great and very advanced, but the dedicated memory doesn't allow me to play haviests games. So i want to know how to increase it in a non prejudicial way. I saw a video of someone showing the notebook bios and it doesnt have the advanced option. Thanks and sorry for my english, isn't my native language.


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A:How to increase dedicated graphics memory of G40-70

Hi gsegundo,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
This feature is somehow default on ideapads.
The feature is not visible in BIOS but set to allocate depending on the RAM or Memory value.
It may increase by increasing the RAM installed but that will only give so minimal increase.
Again this is not available thus the laptop Memory mapping is locked default allocation.
Hope this helps
Solid Cruver

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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

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i have an hp compaq dx2400 desktop , with nVidea graphics card    I want to run two monitors that can be pluged only using the standard VGA cable , so I pluged one in the nvidea card and the other in the motherboard . the problem is that they can't be run at the same time , i can either activate the onboard graphics or the dedicated one . in the BIOS settings > advanced > premium graphics , i can only choose to run the onboard one or the "PCi-e " one ,i checked all other bios settings but i can't find something could make them run together .  could  it be a bios problem  ? so if i update the bios a new option will be availble  to run onboard graphics along with dedicated ? any help please 

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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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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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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
Also the intel gp... Read more

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