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Nvidia GPU Problem - Dosen't Recognise Card

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Nvidia GPU Problem - Dosen't Recognise Card


    Hi Everyone,

    My laptop has two graphic card options
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Nvidia GeForce 630M


    Ideally, I'd like to use only the 630M, so I disabled the Intel one through the Device Manager and have had no problems.

    I then went to launch the Nvidia Control Centre and I got this error message:
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    So I re-enabled the Intel graphics card and I could then get back onto the Nvidia Control Centre... Strange!

    Disabled Intel again, and I couldn't get back onto the Nvidia Control Centre, I then ran a DxDiag, and it is recognising the Nvidia as a 'Microsoft Basic Display Adapter' if the Intel 4000 is disabled.

    Checked in the Device Manager and that does show as the Nvidia even with the Intel 4000.

    So, I'd just like to use the Nvidia GPU and be able to open the Control Centre.

    Thanks,
    Joe.

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  2. #2


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    With these laptops the Intel graphics acts like the pipeline even when using the Nvidia GPU, you have to leave it enabled.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Right thanks, just wondering how I could definitely set the Nvidia as the default one? Because I have set it as the default preferred graphics card but some programs use the Intel graphics, quite annoying!
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  4. #4


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Nvidia Control Panel is where you set it. Are you saying even if you set the Nvidia GPU as the preferred one it still is using the Intel? I believe on low-demand programs that can happen. Add the program manually in the Programs tab and set it to use the Nvidia GPU.
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  5. #5


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by joewl View Post
    Right thanks, just wondering how I could definitely set the Nvidia as the default one? Because I have set it as the default preferred graphics card but some programs use the Intel graphics, quite annoying!
    I have the exact cards here.

    Unfortunately Nvidia cannot be the main one, fully; you can force it to be the main one but that won't guarantee it with all programs. Nvidia is added only for the 3D advanced settings. Intel is the main one that provides basic functionality.

    At some times Nvidia will be automatically disabled and re-enabled on demand. The way I see it, without the Intel card, system balance is at stake. So theoretically the "basic display adapter" is used by force when Intel is not available because Nvidia doesn't have that functionality.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for the replies guys.
    Popeye... Yes, I've set the programs I'd like to use the Nvidia in the Nvidia Control Centre, thanks for your help!

    Hopachi... Right, I see, it's a little bit annoying isn't it, because they market them as having a dedicated GPU, thanks for your help too!
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  7. #7


    My MB has a built in graphics card and I use an Nvidia Graphics card, the onboard card does not show nor does it interfere
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