I have been following the thread and so forth on the switchable graphics and anything to do with windows 8 for the longest time. I got one of those laptops where HP claims it doesnt support windows 8 and so forth. HP Envy 14 1211nr with beats audio. AMD 5650 1gb & Intel HD Video (FG) (First Generation). Before the previews and all that I actually got it to work under Leshcat and I have tried all the other methods but I found this a buggy approach for me and tried many times just wasnt satisified. So i put my project on hold and all hope to me was lost with Win 8 on this laptop. At times I was deciding to sell this laptop on CL. Hence it is a great gaming laptop under Windows 7.
Then Windows 8.1 Preview came out.... I said ok lets go back and try this again.... No luck.... Same results... And then I was all doom and gloom once again.
RTM became avail on MSDN. So I downloaded it and Installed it on my desktop impressed...
And So just yesterday I installed it in the HP laptop. Clean install of course.
Well no conflicts and this is working. Using the WDM Drivers provided by microsoft. I think which is version 13.1
So is it using the AMD driver with no cautions. Does it show the Intel driver with no cautions and so forth. Yes and Yes and Yes.
My only gripe is they dont in include the Catalyst Control Panel in the WDM version no more... So I gotta find which one would be compatible with this. I am open for suggestions..
So after I got this installed I decided to try the switchable graphics. I know I dont have any red x's or caution I think it still using the AMD and doesnt switch over I need to run some tests on this and I will let you all know.
But the end result if you want a stable WDM driver that works... Windows 8.1 RTM is your answer.
I ran passmark tests and the preformance was not impacted if anything getting better scores with Windows 8.1 RTM than Windows 7 tbh.
TBH, I dont care bout the switchable graphics part. I do but i am not really mobile that much. So having mine on the AMD is just fine. Tho like I said i will test this out more. i figure if i can get a hold of a CCC that will work with the WDM in 8.1 from M$ I think it might actualy switch. Maybe it did switch I was kinda tired but i gotta test.
So for all you who lost hope and are in the same boat as me. No worries.
Edit one thing Also I wouild like to add too is I did goto the notebook review site and there is a link for the AMD 12.9 for my modem I think that is the right version. And I did install the catalyst which picked up everything. Was massively scrambled under metro at first but after a reboot this was fixed But it didnt switch over since those drivers are not really the switchable and its the AMD straight driver. But I well tell you this it did work... But I did remove it because I got better benchmark results with the AMD than the driver that is up there intended for windows 8.
Also I would like to add that I think this can be solved. As I mentioned I have a 1st generation Intel HD card with the AMD inside this laptop... All the drivers I seen are for SG (Second Generation and 3rd) for Windows 8 x64... So I would like to try and find a HP SP####.exe AMD / Intel switchable graphics driver package for Wn 8 x64 for the 1st geenration Intel HD with AMD. I have a feeling this would work. If anyone knows of any out there please let me know.... I dont mean a Win7 driver either but a true Windows 8 Intel / AMD (1st generation intel hd). I am going to do some more research into this and perhaps there is one from Dell, Sony, Acer or Lenovo who might have a driver package I am looking for.
What's new for Windows 8.1 Preview display drivers (WDDM 1.3)
What's new for Windows 8.1 Preview display drivers (WDDM 1.3) (Windows Drivers)
Which means this is based off the 13.9 version the WDDM is version 1.3.
So today when I go home I will test this and let you all know if I can get the CCC installed with this.
So I am thinking Ok install 8.1 Pro RTM x64. Use the WDDM 1.3 which Windows Updates picks up. Which causes no conflicts or error codes with both intel / amd. And then proceed with this.
Mobility Direct download link (applies to both 32-bit and 64-bit)
[HD 8000M, HD 7000M, HD 6000M and HD 5000M supported]
Which is the 13.10 AMD beta. Based off WDDM 1.3. I am hoping that I can get the CCC Installed so i can get the option to switch the graphics on demand by removing the power adapter like it did under windows 7.
Acording to the WDDM 1.3 and the 13.9 and 13.10 driver for 8.1 the hybrid graphics is supported.
I also need to test out the brightness control which I forgot to last night.
Stand by people later on this afternoon I will be posting my results on trying to get the CCC installed with the WDDM 1.3 from M$ stock.