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Is there a file I can edit that will force a game to run on my 7970M rather than the Intel HD 4000?

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A lot of older games that run on Direct3D/DirectDraw will not open with my 7970M. I know they work with it because they work with my desktop HD 7850, but for some reason even if I set CCC to open the games on high performance the HD 4000 always opens. The game I am trying to get working right now is Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Is there a file with game profiles that I can edit to force the 7970M to open with these older games?
    
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When I had my sager with 7970M, this was a major pita. One thing you can do is individually setup profiles for each program(yes for every single game you want to run) through your switchable graphics options or if that doesn't work, it's the game having problem with your card. Nvidia optimus does the same thing, this was so annoying that I ended up selling the laptop because it made it useless.
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But there has to be a way to enable it through a file tweak. Even if it involves going past basic ini editing. The 7970M is a smaller HD 7870. The HD 7000 series on desktops work fine with these games. I just need the right guy to help me. Where do people with good file hacking skills hang out? I doubt here.

And no, adding profiles does nothing.
Edited by TrantaLocked - 10/12/13 at 2:37am
    
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I may have read the question wrong, though, but wouldn't you set that in BIOS? So that your PC would first use the PCI graphics card before the onboard graphics?

Reboot, and 'usually' its the Delete key, (for me) and then you will enter the BIOS setup screen before the OS starts...
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Disable CPU onboard video via BIOS. No reason for that to be enabled if you have a 7970M onboard anyways unless Lucid is an option to get more power GPU power for an external monitor.
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Guys, I am using a Sager NP9150. There is no option for that in the BIOS. The HD 4000 iGPU ALWAYS has to be enabled, even if it is simply allowing the 7970M to pass data through its frame buffer. The laptop CANNOT be in fixed 7970M mode. Yes, what a nightmare right?

The thing is that Thracks told me that the game is running on the 7970M, just poorly, in the last message he sent me. Prior to that we talked about how the engineers can only recommend updating my drivers and changing operating systems. Obviously they don't care. So I told Thracks that CCC switchable graphics monitoring CLEARLY shows the game running in Power Saving mode (even though it is set to High Performance), and since then Thracks has not responded. Hopefully he is looking into it more for me, otherwise he pretty much just let me go.

I am not the only one with this issue. There are others who have the same problem, and likely every person with switchable graphics has the issue in dynamic mode, just doesn't run into it often because older games aren't too popular. I am positive the issue can be fixed with a driver change, but the AMD engineers are apparently too busy to do some dedicated debugging and figure out what they need to do. It might be a simple profile change like I stated, but no one even at AMD is willing to truly help!
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I'm still looking into this. smile.gif
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I'm still looking into this. smile.gif

Thank you Thracks!

I think I may have mentioned something similar earlier, but the reason I think it is related to profiles is because of one example in that Halo 1 for PC, an old DX9 game, opens with my 7970M when set to high performance. Invisible War came out the same year and is also DX9, while Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow is a bit newer and DX9 based, and both fail to open with the dedicated GPU. It may be Unreal Engine 1.0/2.0 related, as both original and sequel games in the Deus Ex and Splinter Cell series run on Unreal Engine, while Halo runs on Bungie's proprietary engine. What I mean is, maybe AMD's Enduro drivers/profiles weren't prepared to properly open older Unreal Engine games, or at least specific Unreal Engine games.

Let me load up the original Half-Life and I will let you know if it opens with the 7970M. If it does, this must be profile related.
Edit: It does. I changed the Half-Life exe to High Performance, ran the game, alt-tabbed to use CCCs Enduro monitoring and bam, the exe is running in High Performance, on the 7970M.
Edited by TrantaLocked - 10/23/13 at 9:10pm
    
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