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Updating Gaming Laptop's Switchable Graphics with AMD APU & GPU (Help)

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Good day all,

I've had a MSI GX60-1AC now for a little over a month. And have notice there's no real guide on how to install drivers for the APU and the GPU.

To give a little background to what I've done to the laptop since I've got it (all of which are not my issue):

I was having problems with the Windows 8 install so I downgraded to Windows 7.
Installed SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 as my games drive.
Rolled back from AMD's AHCI controller drivers to generic MS AHCI drivers because of bad load times.

Now to get to the real issue. I've been having some problems updating my GPU drivers. I'm at the point where I'm confused as to only install the most up to date 7970m drivers, only the latest APU drivers, or both? I'm seeing these videos of un-modded GX60s playing BF3 in a 64 man server with 30-40 FPS on ultra, when I only seem to be getting a max of 30 FPS on medium settings (which is why I want to update my drivers). Ultra is unplayable.

Another issue I'm finding is that I have to manually restart CCC for it to recognize both the APU and GPU in switchable graphics. I've tried both the 13.4 drivers and the 13.6 beta drivers with the same results in BF3. I've tried removing all AMD/ ATI drivers and starting from scratch, I've tried using the AMD driver removal tool, and even overwriting the old drivers. Nothing seems to give me that last little push I need to play BF3 smoothly. Am I updating my video drivers incorrectly?

TL;DR: How are you installing your AMD switchable graphics drivers? Are there separate drivers for the AMD apu and the on-board graphics that I should be installing in any certain order?

Any advice you could give me would really help out! Thanks! thumb.gif
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Intel Core Duo T2400 / 1.83 GHz Intel GMA 950 2x 2GB DDR2 120GB 5400 rpm HDD 
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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-4600M Custom MSI Mobile Motherboard 7970m Generic DDR3 1600MHz 
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From what I've seen online AMD actually recommends using driver supplied by the manufacturer but in the same breath say that they have generic drivers for their laptop cards(you don't say?).

What I would try is remove all the drivers like you did, and then install just the driver for the 7970M. Once that is done go to the device manager and see which card is showing up in there. When the laptop is in power saving mode, it should be the integrated one and obviously out of power saving mode it should be the discrete card. If the integrated chip get's recognised with the 7970M driver installed then that probably means it's all good.

Then from there you can go to CCC and enable Dual Graphics if you want to and see if it accepts it and then test it. If that fails then you may have to stick with the drivers that come from MSI.
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From what I've seen online AMD actually recommends using driver supplied by the manufacturer but in the same breath say that they have generic drivers for their laptop cards(you don't say?).

What I would try is remove all the drivers like you did, and then install just the driver for the 7970M. Once that is done go to the device manager and see which card is showing up in there. When the laptop is in power saving mode, it should be the integrated one and obviously out of power saving mode it should be the discrete card. If the integrated chip get's recognised with the 7970M driver installed then that probably means it's all good.

Then from there you can go to CCC and enable Dual Graphics if you want to and see if it accepts it and then test it. If that fails then you may have to stick with the drivers that come from MSI.

Yeah, that's what I've done. Seeing that both chips are recognized and they switch correctly, I've done something right. However, in my case I'm not trying to CFX the integrated with the video card. There would probably be some performance loss. I just can't seem to find out why I'm getting lower frames. Could it be an issue with Win7 vs Win8?

Maybe I'll roll-back to the ancient MSI drivers to see if they improve performance at all.

Still haven't fixed the issue of having to restart CCC to get switchable graphics to recognize automatically after boot (still not a huge issue).

Thanks for your suggestion, sir.
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A10-4600M Custom MSI Mobile Motherboard 7970m Generic DDR3 1600MHz 
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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 
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A10-4600M Custom MSI Mobile Motherboard 7970m Generic DDR3 1600MHz 
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