m17x r3 won't switch between hd6990m and integrated gpu

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  1. james.q

    james.q Notebook Guru

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    Hi guys,

    I just received the laptop today, but I'm having this weird issue with it. Often times when I click on the option to switch between the integrated gpu and the hd6990m nothing happens. I can click as much as I like to but nothing.

    This usually hapens after I switch the GPU one or two times (one way or the other). The system somehow locks on the GPU and untill restart doesnt allow the change of GPU. Even when I try that FN+E7 combination the little screen pops up but when I confirm, nothing happens. As I said, only restart helps.

    Any ideas what to do? Should I try to update the drivers? I already did that with the hd6990m, though I installed the ones from dell only (I heard the ones from AMD might be better) and when I tried to install the ones for integrated GPU I received an error..

    Thanks in advance!


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    I'm so sorry I just found out that I have to turn off all apps in order to switch, and now it worked, but its very irritating having to do that :/ isnt there any way around that?
     
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    If I well remember you need to restart to apply change of GPU...
     
  3. james.q

    james.q Notebook Guru

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    nono but you have to close all your apps.. I mean when I try to do that without clossing them it sometimes goes well (with mozilla) other times it messes up the programs that were open (like right now with mozilla) and other time it doesnt work at all...

    Guess Im being to picky
     
  4. Jas71

    Jas71 Notebook Evangelist

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    That only applies to the M18x, but occasionally people have troubles switching so a simple reboot does the trick.
     
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    DarkXeRoX Notebook Consultant

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    i cant seem to get mine to switch either although so far i havnt realy had a reason to switch to the intel gpu, never realy used the laptop off power for more then half an hour and i can do about an hour with youtube on the battery with the 6990.

    prolly same thing about the apps tho.
    wish they would just fix that shizzle.
     
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    bbs1234 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My laptop arrived today, I also could not switch to amd 6990m, I already rebooted and tried, still failed. Stucked at intel gpu.

    The manual switch is fn+f7 right? is there any other way to switch?

    My laptop is still with my sister in Australia, so I do not really understand what is going on, I only can teach my sister to test through skype.

    My laptop is plug into power outlet. Is anyone know the solution, please let me know.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  7. DarkXeRoX

    DarkXeRoX Notebook Consultant

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    right click on the desktop will show an option to configure switchable graphics

    i just tried closing all programs and still no result.
    i dont think it ever worked as i tried it when i just recieved it with the dellienware base install and i reinstalled the laptop the same night n hasnt worked then either.

    supose it be nice if it works as off power for browsin it saves a fair bit of power but its mostly on power anyways for me.
     
  8. The Revelator

    The Revelator Notebook Prophet

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    @bbs1234 - When you right click on the desktop and then select Configure Switchable Graphics, the following CCC app is launched:

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    In this case, the 6990M is active. To switch to the Intel IGP, just click on the Intel Power Saving GPU box and wait a few seconds for the switch to be implemented. Switch back the same way.

    This of course assumes that switchable graphics works on your R3. There are apparently some configurations where it does not, although the cause has not been specifically identified.

    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, particularly if the R3 is not in front of you.
     
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    As has been stated, you must close most/all running apps to swtich. Even a running browser window can prevent you from switching.
     
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    So this is another way to switch apart from FN+F7, I will call up my sister and ask her to set up ipad facetime tomorrow night and test it out, will report back whether it work or not.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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