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Win 8 AMD Switchable Graphics FAQ

  1. #191


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Man.... I never wanted to spend this much of my own time on this again. But it seems that as long as you are running in the Test Mode environment everything works fine. I just re-enabled Test Mode and now my Device Manager doesn't show any issues with any of my drivers.

    MY system is running as expected and without issue within the Test Mode environment.

    I guess I can deal with having to look at that DAMN the Watermark!!!

    LOLOL oh man lol you sound like I do when I'm messing with these damned "machines" lol. I'm waiting for an answer to that other question. I'm holding up my home phone line all day today lol.
    Is there a setting in W8 that lets you switch like that?, and I wonder, if just removing the watermark but staying in test mode would work?

    No! You can only switch between Test and Normal Modes either by editing your registry, which involves messing with your system's registration key information or via command prompt as I did


    You can try the command line I used. Simply

    Open Cammand Prompt (w/ Administrative Privileges)

    Type: " bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON " (without quotation marks)

    [It should tell you the operation completed successfully]

    Type: " exit " (without quotation marks), then hit Enter key


    Restart your machine.

    [You should then see the Test Mode watermark on your desktop, which indicated you are running in Test Mode.]


    Repeat the aforementioned steps, only modify the word " ON " to read as "OFF"

    ("bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF")

    exit command prompt

    restart your machine

    [The Test Mode watermark will be gone and you will no longer be running in Test Mode]

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  2. #192


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    32 bit driver please


    What exactly do you need 32 bit drivers for? You haven't provided enough information about your problem.
    i need AMD-signed intel drivers for 32 bit, because HP only provide 64 bit drivers.

    i have used the old windows 7 drivers. the switchable graphics is works. but screen goes blink when i open metro apps or Office 2013. so i tried to update the intel driver to .2867, the screen doesn't blink anymore, but switchable graphics is not working anymore

    please help
    sorry for bad english

    Have you tried a clean install of your graphics drivers? You can use software, such as Diver Fusion to remove all previous instances of your currently install graphics drivers and start from there with a clean install of your ne drivers.

    However, the only solution to the switchable graphics not working issue, right now, is the Leashcat "catalyst_12.xx_beta_unifl" driver sets. The Leshcat solution is in no way considered a fix for the problem as it is still in its Beta testing phase. It is at best a work around for the problem. The Leshcat drivers are not intended to work with every system that has hybrid or switchable graphics.

    Visit the Leshcat Project site for more information:

    Catalyst 12.8 WHQL UnifL for ATi+Intel Graphics ← leshcatlabs.net
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  3. #193


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post



    What exactly do you need 32 bit drivers for? You haven't provided enough information about your problem.
    i need AMD-signed intel drivers for 32 bit, because HP only provide 64 bit drivers.

    i have used the old windows 7 drivers. the switchable graphics is works. but screen goes blink when i open metro apps or Office 2013. so i tried to update the intel driver to .2867, the screen doesn't blink anymore, but switchable graphics is not working anymore

    please help
    sorry for bad english

    Have you tried a clean install of your graphics drivers? You can use software, such as Diver Fusion to remove all previous instances of your currently install graphics drivers and start from there with a clean install of your ne drivers.

    However, the only solution to the switchable graphics not working issue, right now, is the Leashcat "catalyst_12.xx_beta_unifl" driver sets. The Leshcat solution is in no way considered a fix for the problem as it is still in its Beta testing phase. It is at best a work around for the problem. The Leshcat drivers are not intended to work with every system that has hybrid or switchable graphics.

    Visit the Leshcat Project site for more information:

    Catalyst 12.8 WHQL UnifL for ATi+Intel Graphics ← leshcatlabs.net
    yup, i've tried to clean install, but i only have the old windows 7 drivers, so the problem still exist.

    "UnifL Drivers are designed for Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8 x64 only, however they should work on Windows Server 2008 as well."
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  4. #194


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post

    i need AMD-signed intel drivers for 32 bit, because HP only provide 64 bit drivers.

    i have used the old windows 7 drivers. the switchable graphics is works. but screen goes blink when i open metro apps or Office 2013. so i tried to update the intel driver to .2867, the screen doesn't blink anymore, but switchable graphics is not working anymore

    please help
    sorry for bad english
    What type of HP system do you have? (i.e., Pavilion DV6T, Envy, etc...)
    Pavilion G4-1335TX
    GPU: Radeon HD 7450M


    It appears that your system only comes with the x64 bit edition of Windows installed pre-installed. HP only offers x64 bit drives for your model PC. Do you have a CTO (Customized To Oder) model PC? If so, you might want to contact HP and ask about support for custom built PCs with x32 bit version operating systems pre-installed.

    Software & Driver Downloads - HP Pavilion g4-1335tx Notebook PC

    HP USA Consumer Care: 1-800-474-6836
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  5. #195


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post

    i need AMD-signed intel drivers for 32 bit, because HP only provide 64 bit drivers.

    i have used the old windows 7 drivers. the switchable graphics is works. but screen goes blink when i open metro apps or Office 2013. so i tried to update the intel driver to .2867, the screen doesn't blink anymore, but switchable graphics is not working anymore

    please help
    sorry for bad english

    Have you tried a clean install of your graphics drivers? You can use software, such as Diver Fusion to remove all previous instances of your currently install graphics drivers and start from there with a clean install of your ne drivers.

    However, the only solution to the switchable graphics not working issue, right now, is the Leashcat "catalyst_12.xx_beta_unifl" driver sets. The Leshcat solution is in no way considered a fix for the problem as it is still in its Beta testing phase. It is at best a work around for the problem. The Leshcat drivers are not intended to work with every system that has hybrid or switchable graphics.

    Visit the Leshcat Project site for more information:

    Catalyst 12.8 WHQL UnifL for ATi+Intel Graphics ← leshcatlabs.net
    yup, i've tried to clean install, but i only have the old windows 7 drivers, so the problem still exist.

    "UnifL Drivers are designed for Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8 x64 only, however they should work on Windows Server 2008 as well."

    lol! Where the hell did you get an X32 bit version of Windows 8?

    Why would want an x32 bit version when x64 is available?

    How did that happen?
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  6. #196


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    I'm asking that water mark question now, but have to wait for some sort of reply Ill be sure to let you know if I find anything out, as I want to know too. Btw that program for water mark removal is WPC watermark editor


    I guess that Johnny guy is also using the test mode, he just said the watermark is still there on his.

    I'll see what somebody else has to say, sooner or later they weigh in.
    Okay! I'm running the Leshcat solution in Test Mode and I can't say that I'm any issues with it right now. However, you already know, I'm really hating having to stare at this damn watermark. I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open too for a solution to that particular issue.

    I'll check back with you in a couple of days to let you know if more issues arise and if this current Leshcat driver set is an acceptable option to address the ATI/Intel switchable graphics issue that we all seem to be experiencing. Thanks to HP's unwillingness to support their products after the point of sale. I'm just kidding!

    HP is okay, I guess?
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  7. #197


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    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    I'm asking that water mark question now, but have to wait for some sort of reply Ill be sure to let you know if I find anything out, as I want to know too. Btw that program for water mark removal is WPC watermark editor


    I guess that Johnny guy is also using the test mode, he just said the watermark is still there on his.

    I'll see what somebody else has to say, sooner or later they weigh in.
    Okay! I'm running the Leshcat solution in Test Mode and I can't say that I'm any issues with it right now. However, you already know, I'm really hating having to stare at this damn watermark. I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open too for a solution to that particular issue.

    I'll check back with you in a couple of days to let you know if more issues arise and if this current Leshcat driver set is an acceptable option to address the ATI/Intel switchable graphics issue that we all seem to be experiencing. Thanks to HP's unwillingness to support their products after the point of sale. I'm just kidding!

    HP is okay, I guess?
    Yeah OK! I'll keep lookin at all them posts i added to leshcats blog and see what comes up, I'll let ya know if I find out anything good.

    btw, I dono if you know about this thing HP is holding but I'll be there to ask my questions
    Got Windows 8 Questions? HP Win8 Expert Day
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  8. #198


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post

    What type of HP system do you have? (i.e., Pavilion DV6T, Envy, etc...)
    Pavilion G4-1335TX
    GPU: Radeon HD 7450M


    It appears that your system only comes with the x64 bit edition of Windows installed pre-installed. HP only offers x64 bit drives for your model PC. Do you have a CTO (Customized To Oder) model PC? If so, you might want to contact HP and ask about support for custom built PCs with x32 bit version operating systems pre-installed.

    Software & Driver Downloads - HP Pavilion g4-1335tx Notebook PC



    HP USA Consumer Care: 1-800-474-6836
    i bought this laptop and there's no OS preinstalled.
    i chose 32 bit version because my ram only 2 GB, and i think 64 bit needs more RAM
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  9. #199


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    I'm asking that water mark question now, but have to wait for some sort of reply Ill be sure to let you know if I find anything out, as I want to know too. Btw that program for water mark removal is WPC watermark editor


    I guess that Johnny guy is also using the test mode, he just said the watermark is still there on his.

    I'll see what somebody else has to say, sooner or later they weigh in.
    Okay! I'm running the Leshcat solution in Test Mode and I can't say that I'm any issues with it right now. However, you already know, I'm really hating having to stare at this damn watermark. I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open too for a solution to that particular issue.

    I'll check back with you in a couple of days to let you know if more issues arise and if this current Leshcat driver set is an acceptable option to address the ATI/Intel switchable graphics issue that we all seem to be experiencing. Thanks to HP's unwillingness to support their products after the point of sale. I'm just kidding!

    HP is okay, I guess?
    Yeah OK! I'll keep lookin at all them posts i added to leshcats blog and see what comes up, I'll let ya know if I find out anything good.

    btw, I dono if you know about this thing HP is holding but I'll be there to ask my questions
    Got Windows 8 Questions? HP Win8 Expert Day

    I've actually already been in contact with HP regarding the issue. According to what I was told. This issue only effects PC models that were sold before The official Release of Windows 8 with the old new Intel 2nd Gen chipsets. They never intended for the those PC owners to upgrade to Windows 8 due to the fact that they were built with the minimum graphics requirement (1366 x 768 native res) necessary to run Windows 8.

    Only pcs with the 2nd and 3rd Gen Intel chipsets can run Windows 8 so far. They have no plans to release a fix for this issue as of yet. However, I was told I should hold off on upgrading until a fix for the issue is made available. In other words.... Don't call us, well call you if we decide to address that problem. They're busy developing drivers for their newer model PCs that were sold just before the official release of Windows 8. As of now.... Nothing sold before July of 2012 will receive Windows 8 support.

    That said, our hope lies with Leshcat finding a resolution to the problem. You system appears to be one of the current HP models. However, I don't understand why they didn't build your system using NVidia graphics, with which is what all the newer model are being built. The new integrated 3 Gen Intel graphics are capable of much higher resolution and the same is true of the new discrete NVidia GPUs. They both far exceed the minimum graphics resolution required to efficiently run windows 8.

    If you ask me.... This is HP's and many other PC manufacturers way of sticking it to Microsoft for cutting them out of the profits Microsoft will be receiving from the sale of the new Microsoft Surface tech. It seems Microsoft has taken a queue from Apple and are trying to control it's newest technology from conception to market. This is evidenced by Microsoft practically giving away their newest OS at only $39 a pop. However, all the major PC manufacturers have ensured that only their most recent builds will be able to run it. If you want Windows 8, you have to by a new and very recently built system.


    How that for making sure they can maintain their customer base? My next PC will be a MS surface tablet. I'm so sick of HP's ever worsening customer service and support. The new BIG BOY MS Surface Pro combined with Xbox Live will be all I'll need for business and gaming.
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  10. #200


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2013 Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600.16408


    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MKeezy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caesarnovaldy View Post

    Pavilion G4-1335TX
    GPU: Radeon HD 7450M


    It appears that your system only comes with the x64 bit edition of Windows installed pre-installed. HP only offers x64 bit drives for your model PC. Do you have a CTO (Customized To Oder) model PC? If so, you might want to contact HP and ask about support for custom built PCs with x32 bit version operating systems pre-installed.

    Software & Driver Downloads - HP Pavilion g4-1335tx Notebook PC



    HP USA Consumer Care: 1-800-474-6836
    i bought this laptop and there's no OS preinstalled.
    i chose 32 bit version because my ram only 2 GB, and i think 64 bit needs more RAM


    X32 bi requires a minimum of 1GB RAM to run Windows 8 and x64 requires a minimum of 2 GB RAM. That said, you also need at least a 2nd Generation I core processor. You also need to have a minimum of 1366 x 768 resolution capability. You will not be able to take advantage of all the new Metro feature with out at least that, in the same way Windows 7 required a certain resolution to fully experience Aero.

    If I were you, I'd see what you can find at the AMD site in the way of x32 bit Beta drivers.
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