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Originally Posted by 98uk;13075906 
Actually, one other question... why do I appear to have 2 graphics chip? It says I have:

Intel HD Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GT420M

Am I meant to switch between them or what?

hybrid? Could you list the model so we can look up full specs? (or just update your sig rig, etc. ). Looks like its the hybrid type where you can switch between the dedicated GPU and Integrated one to save power

EDIT: never mind, just noticed your model is an LX501x. lemmie see what I find
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post #12 of 17
It's because you're laptop has got switch-able graphics card function. It uses Intel HD graphics for say power saving state and switches to the 420 when gaming or the like.

If you go to the NVIDIA Control Panel, the Manage 3D Settings allows you to choose which is your default video card, either integrated Intel HD or NVIDIA graphics card. There you can also specify which programs will use which graphics chip. I might be wrong with this but this is based on my dad's Dell XPS L701X.
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Yeah, its for the hybrid GPU option. Verified.
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post #14 of 17
goto start/run and type msconfig.in system configuration goto boot then advanced options and uncheck maxmem.

you might have to reboot,then it should show all your mem.
    
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Oh right... is the GPU a seperate chip or part of the CPU? I haven't really kept up with PC technology so I literally have no idea tongue.gif I didn't realise cheap laptops came with GPU's

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Yes, it has a discrete graphics card. It uses the Intel HD for less graphics intensive programs switches to the discrete graphics when needed.
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Coolio. I will give out some rep+ to all who reply tomorrow after work smile.gif

Thanks!
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