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Win 8 AMD Switchable Graphics FAQ

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    Added Jarred Walton (AnandTech)'s articles on AMD's Enduro and future Switchable Graphics support in the More Info section - see first post.

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  2. #22


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    Hi, just wanna thank you for this thread Alphastar, helped me a lot. Thanks to you I got working drivers in my Windows 8
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrakor View Post
    Hi, just wanna thank you for this thread Alphastar, helped me a lot. Thanks to you I got working drivers in my Windows 8
    Thanks! HTH...
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  4. #24


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    Read something about this PowerExpress stuff ie Switchable Graphics, seem's per this Walton guy,that only those with PE4 will be supported with these Enduro drivers (btw Enduro as I was told by AMD is not the driver, but the name now of this switchable thing) and that those with PE3 will not be, the only thing they may get is a one time updated W8 driver. I assume my dv7t-6c00 I just got in July is the PE4 type, I don't know as I don't know where it tells me what PE is installed. But I can go to my BIOS and set it from Dynamic to Fixed and back, so I assume its PE4.

    Btw I also posted several items on leshcat's blog, I think you seen me there.
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  5. #25


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    Hey Hoody,

    I've seen you around, for sure! Thank you for your part in the efforts to press Intel/AMD/HP/etc. towards an more acceptable solution for Windows 8 AMD Switchable Graphics driver support!

    So, according to the AMD Press Releases and Radeon Product Pages, PowerXpress or PX refers to their switchable graphics technologies. AMD 6000 Series cards are either PX 3.0 or PX 4.0 AFAIK (see here), and according to this AnandTech article, the same PX technology - [PowerXpress/Switchable Graphics/Enduro] are just different names for different versions. I am assuming that the Enduro version number (5.5) makes it PX 5.x.

    However, AMD Enduro technology is featured on the 7700M, 7800M, and 7900M Series Radeon HDs ONLY. The only question now is whether the new Enduro 5.5 drivers will include/enable support for other Switchable Graphics Radeon HDs below (read: lower or older than) the 7700Ms (i.e. the 6000M Series). Reportedly, the Catalyst 12.9 Beta driver identifies and includes the appropriate Switchable Graphics or Enduro sections natively in CCC (Catalyst Control Center).

    I guess to confirm which PX is supported by your HP Pavilion dv7t-6c00, we'll have to wait until the final release of AMD's Enduro 5.5 patched drivers for PX (expected soon, see from Post #227 onwards here) to see what your CCC tells you. I understand we're not the only ones with our fingers crossed, hoping that AMD includes native (single driver) switchable graphics driver support for their Radeon/OEM/HP GPUs in the next AMD Catalyst (Mobility) release...

    Otherwise, back to Leshcat's we go!
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  6. #26


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    Leshcat's latest driver has been working great for me in Win8, hd5450/intel 1st gen
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    Me too - see the end of my first post.

    Bear in mind that Leshcat (usually) starts with the latest/best AMD drivers, then add mods and packaging to enable Switchable Graphics support, so better AMD = better Leshcat.
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  8. #28


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    Well I have this 7690M XT so as per AMD I'm OK with the level, besides I was actually told in a AMD email reply that my card IS supported, it was like pullin teeth out of a chicken to just get that, as for the other questions I continue to hit them with they are still dancin on the head of that pin and can't answer me directly.

    Here are my comments on this on these

    AnandTech - AMD

    AMD 7000m Enduro Utilization Awareness | Facebook

    What I'm looking /hoping for is to be able to download updated drivers directly from the AMD download page like those with this Optimus stuff on Gforce cards, they can download the NVIDIA drivers right from NVIDIA as updated on their "switchable" setup ( had a buddy with this setup do just that). Not have to depend on HP or whatever manufacturer for a driver, which comes along once a year if at all. My OEM driver now is dated at Nov 2011.
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  9. #29


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    Good news!

    According to Ryan Smith, we should expect to see the new AMD Enduro Hotfix drivers later today: AnandTech - AMD's Holiday Plans: Catalyst 12.11 Performance Driver & New Holiday Game Bundle
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  10. #30


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    Hi ! I have a Notebook HP Pavilion g6-1111el, i5 with intel 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6470M switchable graphics.
    I have installed windows 8 and the latest amd 12.9 beta drivers. Now i can open the Catalyst Control Center but i can't set it to use the discrete or integrate card with the individual program as i did with Windows 7.
    How can I solve this problem? Thanks, and sorry for my English XD
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