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Dell Inspiron 15r N5110 graphics card help

Discussion in 'Dell Inspiron and Dell Studio' started by SBD02015, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. SBD02015

    SBD02015 Newbie

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    So I just received the new Inspiron 15r N5110 from dell specs are:
    Core i5 2410M second gen
    4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
    640GB2 SATA hard drive (5400RPM)
    1024MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT525M

    I am slightly confused about the graphics card it's meant to be the GT525M but when i go into system specs it says its a Intel(R) HD Graphics Family with only 64mb of dedicated memory when its meant to be 1GB.
    It also says the graphics card is a Intel(R) HD Graphics Family when i use cpuid and other applications.
    But when i go into device manger under display adapters it says GT525 is there.
    So is the graphics card enabled or I am I just using the integrated graphics alone?


    PS: I've played crysis, cod4, halo 2 and they work fine on medium to high settings.

    Thanks
     
  2. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    That would be Optimus at work. Do you have all the latest drivers?
     
  3. SBD02015

    SBD02015 Newbie

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    Can you explain how Optimus works?

    i haven't installed any drivers since i got it yesterday and there are no updates on their website
     
  4. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    Basically when Windows detects you aren't using your GPU for intensive tasks it will switch to the Intel GPU to save you battery/heat. But there are many documented issues with Optimus. That's why I asked if you tried the latest Nvidia/Intel drivers. Sometimes it will ship with old drivers.
     
  5. SBD02015

    SBD02015 Newbie

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    Oh ok thanks for the help. the GPU is fairly new so i hope its ok. Also is there any way to completely switch over to the GT525?
     
  6. SBD02015

    SBD02015 Newbie

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    It's ok i found the control panel so I can switch it on and off and set programs to run on the GT525 which is pretty good
     
  7. skarlso

    skarlso Newbie

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    Hi.

    Can you tell me how do you exactly switch it on and of? Is there a way to swtich the other one off maybe?

    I couldn't find that setting anywhere...

    Thanks!
     
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    ngkhanmein Notebook Enthusiast

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    I face problem with this Dell N5110 core i7 its the VGA
     
  10. markozutic

    markozutic Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey, does yours palmrest gets also hot when gaming and surfing?
    in gaming it gets way hotter and unpleasent to use..?
     
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    Yea it gets hot that's normal i think the cpu or gpu is there. and it only gets hot when i am gaming
     
  13. vijayinani

    vijayinani Newbie

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    I also had the same problem and ended up here.
    one more thing I want to ask, how do we see the nvidia card and dedicated memory as 1GB after doing the changes?
    please let me know the changes to be done so that my card will be used and also in the system, I should be able to see nvidia instead of Intel HD.

    Vijay
     
  14. balkeet

    balkeet Notebook Geek

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    how to check if a game is using 525m or not???
     
  15. danonino

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    Hi,

    I've got a Dell inspiron N5110 too and have the same problem.
    I can't make my GT525 work. Got the latest drivers, Nvidia Control Panel has the GT525 as preffered, but in the PCs control panel I can't even find it. I've run the Dell Support Center tests and the GT seems to be fine.
    I've tried CoD5, it barely works at medium, SC2 works at medium...when playing 1v1.
    I'm like :mad: :( ...

    Any ideas?
     
  16. balkeet

    balkeet Notebook Geek

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    plz somebody tell how to check whether 525m is in operation or not???
     
  17. Geos1

    Geos1 Notebook Geek

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    For games open GPU Z and in the sensors tab select 525m and check Continue refreshing this screen while GPU-Z is in the background. Then swich to the game and then to GPU Z. If you see GPU load at some % then its in operation.

    Sometimes an app can keep the GPU in operation without actually using it like temperature monitor apps. This will rise your overall heat and power consumption. In that case restart the app or the PC.

    Another way to check if no heavy program uses the 525m is to install a programme that can calculate the discharge rate of the battery like battery bar. Then unplug the notebook put it in power saving mode and check the discharge rate. If its close to 20 at times that means the 525m is active.
     
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    Thnx for the solution,i think the key here is to uninstall any gpu using apps,then shuffle b/w gpu-z and game.
     
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    balkeet Notebook Geek

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    Nvidia has released the 600m gpu series,can dell replace the 525m with
    535m gpu in 15r in comin days???
     
  20. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    GPU's are BGA soldered, there is no upgrading unless Dell decided they wanted boards with that GPU. Also the upgrade from a GT 525M to 535M isn't too high...
     

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