MacBook Pro :: Graphics Switching In Windows?

Sep 7, 2010

The title is pretty simple, and self explanatory. Will the HD Graphics/330M combo, or the 9400M/9600M GT ever be able to switch back and forth in Windows? And regardless of if it's possible, what is the limitation, drivers, other software, or a physical hardware limitation? It would be a nice way to get more battery life out of Bootcamp.

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Why Does MacBook Pro Have Graphics Switching

Apr 10, 2012

I was looking through tech specs of the 15 and 17 inch macbook pros and comparing them to iMacs, so i was wondering why they did that? Is the graphics better on the macbook pro?

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Feb 5, 2012

I have a MacBook Pro 15" 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 (Mid-2010). I have auto graphics  switching turned on in the Energy Saver prefs. But it never switches. It stays on the nVidia card all the time. 

I have tried switching to Text Edit, Mail, BBEdit, and other non-graphics intensive apps. It stays on nVidia. It stays on nVidia even when I unplug and use battery power. 

I can manually change it to Intel, and it works fine. When I change it back to auto switching, it stays on nVidia continuously. 

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MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 (Mid 2010)

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Jun 25, 2014

MPBr, 15", Early 2013 with dual graphics (Intel HD Graphics and AMD Radeon)

Running Maverics 10.9.3 

What is happening:

1. Machine doesn't switch to AMD graphics no matter whatever app is running. In activity monitor even if some apps say "Requires High Perf GPU", the graphics card being used is still "Integrated".

2. Connecting to an external display via thunderbolt or HDMI doesn't work (external display doesn't turn on) either as it required discrete graphics too.

3. After a reboot (at what time I believe machine tries to use discrete graphics card), the display is always blank. Even the Apple logo on back of lid is turned off. Only way to get the display back is to close the lid and open it after 10 ~ 15 seconds at which time it probably switch back to integrated and comes alive. 

What I have tried:

1. Reset PRAM.
2. Reset SMC.
3. Tried gfxCardStatus [URL] to no avail. If I manually switch to discrete card, gfxCardStatus checkmark say it has switched, but it doesn't.
4. Tried booting into hardware diagnosis (pressing D while booting) but was unable to get the screen turned on to proceed. 

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Nov 4, 2010

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Aug 20, 2009

My primary concern is whether or not uMBP users will ever be able to switch the graphics cards without logging out every time? I remember hearing that it was a software issue, does that mean that it might be supported in Snow Leopard?

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MacBook Pro :: Graphics Switching Without Restarting Windowserver?

Apr 14, 2010

Obviously the new Macbook Pros do not require a reboot to switch between graphics cards while the previous generation, the one which had two graphics cards made by the same company, requires a login/logout. The case made for the necessity of this login/logout has been the need for the WindowServer process to be relaunched, and to overcome this, WindowServer would need to be rewritten. Obviously that didn't happen. Further, if random Nvidia insiders are to be believed, this wasn't done using Optimus technology by Nvidia, but rather by Apple... so. How do you suppose they pulled that off?

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May 7, 2010

is there any way to only use automatic graphics switching when on battery?i want to use switching when on battery, but only use nvidia when using the power brick.

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Jun 7, 2010

I just plugged in my Cinema Display to my MBP for the first time, and for a while couldn't figure out why the heck the computer wasn't recognizing it (though maybe I'd gotten a bad MDP/DVI adaptor).

Then I'd noticed I'd set it via gfxCardStatus to use Intel graphics only. I released it to Dynamic -- and voila! Display recognized. Interestingly, it now also will not accept being set back to Intel only with the monitor connected.

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Jan 6, 2011

I purchased a Macbook Pro 15" i7 last month, and since doing the migration (using the migration utility) from my old black macbook my graphics are stuck on the Nvidia graphics and is not switching to the Intel HD graphics. This is eating battery power like no tomorrow.

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Aug 30, 2009

Where do I switch graphic processors in Snow Leopard on my late '08 uniMBP?

It used to be in the "Energy Saver" area but, I had to log out and then back in again to activate the change. Is there something I'm missing here?

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MacBook Pro :: Why Does The Automatic Graphics Switching Turn Itself Back On

Jun 21, 2012

I have a late-2010 Macbook Pro 15" and have been having issues with gaming.  Specifically, the games will freeze the system requiring a reboot.  After reading further, I learned about the "Automatic Graphics Switching" mode under "Energy Saver" in the System Preferences screen.  Upon disabling this setting, and locking the preferences, the games are still freezing.   

I have not re-enabled this setting but when I check the settings again it is enabled.  Seemingly, the OS is changing the "Automatic Graphics Switching" on its own. 

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: How To Avoid Switching To Integrated Graphics Card

Jun 27, 2012

See the new Macbook Pro that I recently got has two graphics cards. One, the integrated, standard issue Intel HD4000 and the other one, a Nvidea GT650M. Personally, I was thrilled to learn this. However, my Macbook Pro seems to switch in between these two and I really don't want it to do that. I would rather just make the GT 650M the main graphics card and avoid using the integrated graphics.

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Apr 13, 2010

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May 9, 2010

I just got a new MBP i7, and whenever the graphics switch from the Nvidia 330m chip to the Intel chip, the screen "flickers" black for a short moment before reappearing. Can anyone with a new MBP comment on this behavior? It doesn't happen on the switch from Intel->Nvidia, just the other way around.

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MacBook Pro :: Stop Automatic Graphics Switching Setting Automatically Reverting

Jun 25, 2012

Macbook Pro 15" Mid 2010

OS X 10.7.4 

I have a recurring problem where my screen (built in or external monitor/projector) will just go blank at random times. It is an unrecoverable situation and I have to do a hard power reset to get working again.

After testing several theories without success I struck upon one that showed promise. The blanking tended to occur when I was in Lion Fullscreen mode, or using a gesture to start expose - so I figured maybe it was a graphics switching issue.

So I went into System Preferences and disabled 'Automatic graphics switching'. I then ran trouble free for several days (I was typically crashing 1-2 times a day)

Then several days later it happened again and I thought I was back to square one. However, a colleague suggested I check the graphic switching setting to see if something had changed it back, and sure enough it was re-enabled.

Now I find myself in a constant battle with the system to keep disabling the 'Automatic graphics switrhing' in System Preferences.

I have tried setting it and locking it, but sooner or later it reverts. I need to know if it is possible to force it to stay disabled.

Info:
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Jun 10, 2009

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Feb 12, 2010

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Feb 8, 2010

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Apr 10, 2009

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Apr 30, 2009

Just wondering, how do you swap which graphics card on a MacBook Pro is being used by Windows. I know how to achieve this on OSX but not Windows.

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Dec 5, 2009

I've just myself a new 15inch MBP 2.8Ghz. I'm wondering if people know which graphics card Windows 7 will utilize under Bootcamp? I'm wondering because I think I'll be booting Windows for gaming.

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Sep 19, 2010

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I am currently using Parallels and I've been fairly satisfied with it.

I have read a lot of good things about VMware and I'm thinking about changing.

My question is this - would I be able to simply 'point' VMware to my existing windows installation (the one that parallels is using)? Or would I have to do a fresh install and lose everything on the Windows side?

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Jun 21, 2009

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Jan 18, 2010

A friend of mine currently runs CS4 on a 2GB Windows Vista PC and he is thinking about switching to a new Imac. He has never used Mac OS before and is a bit reluctant to ditch Windows completely. As far as I can see he has a few options, such as using Bootcamp or swapping his Windows version of CS4 for the Mac version.

But I saw a programme called Parallels Switch to Mac which is supposed to migrate his existing Windows set up onto a new Mac.This looks like a good compromise to me, but does anybody run CS4 using Parallels? If so, are there any known issues and does it run at a reasonable speed.

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Mar 5, 2010

My wife is having some issues with her new MacBook and MS Word...

While having multiple windows open she uses expose to switch between them. About 1/3 of the time she clicks on a window, it appears for 1/2 a second, then her original window appears. This makes it very difficult for her to navigate the windows she has open.

There have also been a few times where one word window appears over her current window.

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May 1, 2010

i installed a win 7 on my macbook using boot camp 3.1 and when i switch the screen from mac to win 7 i have no internet in windows, but if i restart pc and choose to start first from Windows everything is working perfect, do somebody knows how to fix it?

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Jan 7, 2010

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