Intel Wireless Display Not Working - AMD/Intel switchable graphics Windows 8 and 8.1
I recently spent about three days researching and troubleshooting the seemingly wide spread problem of certain features on my HP Pavilion DV6T-6100 CTO Entertainment Laptop PC either failing to work properly or not at all after upgrading from the pre-installed Windows 7 Home Edition x64 bit OS to both Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro Edition OS. I guess I could have lived with most of the performance bug the upgrades seem to cause like, losing the ability to switch between the factory pre-installed AMD discrete graphics and the embedded Intel graphics at will due to compatibility issues with the AMD Catalyst Control Center application failing to migrate intact. I'm not a gamer so that particular issue was not a deal breaker for me. However, I just absolutely hated the idea of not being able to have what I paid for when I bought my system from HP, which was "Switchable Graphics" and the "Wireless Display" feature. Those two things were in fact selling points for me as to why I decided to buy this particular system.
I found a work-around of work-around to the Intel WiDi issue, but at a cost. My Catalyst control Center is no longer functioning, which means I'm stuck with having to rely on just the latest version of Intel v.220.127.116.1147 graphics, v.18.104.22.168 WiDi and v16.5.3 Intel Wireless ProSet to meet all my graphics and entertainment needs. However, I'm not experiencing any ill side effect from not being able to switch between GPUs, since gaming on this system was never my intention anyway. There's no overheating, system crashing, excessive fan noise, etc...
I began by un-installed all the Intel software and drivers from my system. Then, I applied the latest Intel wireless driver for my Intel Centrino Wireless N adapter. Intel WiDi "WILL NOT" work, if your graphics driver is a great deal more recent version than you WiFi
Intel® Wireless Display
Once my WiFi driver was updated to the latest version I could then simply use the Intel Wireless Display Update tool to get the most recent and compatible versions for my graphics adapter, along with the latest WiDi software and Wireless ProSet software for Windows 8.
Intel® WiDi Update Tool
Remember, I recently purchased a new Netgear WiDi adapter that seems to work best with the latest Intel hardware and software such as, the new 3rd and 4th Generation Intel Core processors, which all use the most recent Intel software versions. I really wasn't expecting the upgrade of my Intel stuff to play well with the old and maxed out AMD stuff installed on my system. I don't know if Leschcat might come up with some way to package the latest Intel and AMD software and drivers in an update package that will allow all of us system owners with AMD/Intel switchable graphics to enjoy every feature we paid for when we purchased, but for now I consider this an acceptable solution.
That said, I was able to migrate from the factory installed Windows 7 OS platform to the most current Windows 8.1 OS platform and still have the ability to use the one feature I considered to be the most important selling point for buying this system.
1. Download Intel Centrino Wireless N 1000 adapter driver to version 16.1.1 [Wireless_16.1.1_De64.exe (Driver Only)]
2. Run [Wireless_16.1.1_De64.exe (Driver Only)] to update your Intel® Centrino® Wireless N 1000 adapter driver to version 16.1.1
4. Go to: Intel® Wireless Display
5. Download the Intel WiDi Update Tool
6. Run the Intel WiDi Update Tool (Be sure to view the updates the tool selects be installed)
7. You're done!
Intel® Wireless Display
The Intel WiDi Update Tool will first download, then install any updates for any Intel components that yet to be updates at that point. Your system will restart once during the process in order to install the last of what should be three updates. Restart you system on last time to save the change. You're all done!!! However, Your AMD software and ability to switch between GPU's will no longer function. You can simply download the latest AMD graphics driver to appease your device manager's sensibilities and go on as usual. This is an acceptable solution to the issues of upgrading you operating system for those of you like me who use your system primarily for the purpose of watching movies and video editing.
[However, I realize this is not an acceptable solution for those of you who use your systems for gaming. However light gaming is possible using only your Intel graphics, especially once updated.]