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Win 8 AMD Switchable Graphics FAQ

  1. #421


    VA USA
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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by alphastar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Divyanshu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphastar View Post
    Ah, another 3rd-party modded driver!

    Thanks, I will add it to the appropriate section on the first post.

    Also, I believe the reason that you can have 2 different Driver Providers is because perhaps you are running x86 (32-bit) and not x64 (64-bit)? Windows x64 has driver-signing enforced by default, so you must have the same Provider for both drivers.

    As an aside, I also noticed that Benchmark3D's AMD (official) Catalyst 12.10 WHQL downloads list an AMD Catalyst and an AMD Catalyst Mobility 12.10 download direct from AMD, although I can't find a page on AMD's Support Hub that talks about the Catalyst Mobility driver.

    Time for some more testing...thanks again for the info!



    hey, alphastar, did you get it to work?

    Hey Divyanshu,

    I did...and the first post is definitely overdue for an update (sorry all...it's coming soon, I promise).


    Until then, the most up-to-date info (from me) right now is:


    1. The (technical,) Switchable Graphics explanation at post #382
    2. Post #383 (comparing the HP SoftPaq SP59147 and SP59850 driver versions vs. official Intel/AMD Catalyst beta driver versions)
    3. ...and post #389 (on choosing between SP59147, SP59850, and AMD Catalyst Beta) right after it.


    Of course, some older AMD Switchable Graphics solutions require the AMD Catalyst Legacy (12.6) drivers for Windows 8, or 3rd-party options like Leshcat's UnifL (see post #385).

    But essentially, if you have an HP, you should be looking at SP59147 or SP59580 (or other supported HP Win8 driver according to your model, see the first post for details), plus running the AMD Catalyst beta after reboot, to update to the latest AMD drivers.

    FWIW: I am currently on SP59850 (Intel HD Graphics 9.17.10.2817) + AMD Catalyst Beta11 (AMD Radeon HD 9.10.8.0):

    Attachment 13467 Attachment 13468
    Hows it goin Alpha

    Well I also use the sp59850, and its a stable driver on my machine.

    So by the way your sayin I assume you can also install the new AMD drivers on top, as long as you keep the HP drivers,(and the Intel) is that the deal? If so than I may try that when the final comes out and see how that goes. If it works like that than I guess we can just keep updating the AMD part after all while leaving the Intel part alone since that's what makes the brightness and stuff work ( if that's the way it works)

    So far I seem to be humming right along now withW8 and this HP switchable mess lol, I still won't buy any Radeon GPU in a laptop again though. As you see from a post I answered aleseba77, I have my W8 functioning pretty much like W7 was, I never even go to the tile screen I boot right to desktop. For me it works, I don't use touch screens, and the look of the GUI in metro looks like XP to me. I'm waiting now for a program that will add glass effect again on 8, like the program I once had for XP.

    Hope Christmas went well, now on to 2013 I'm ready for the "cliff" I have my repelling gear ready lol

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  2. #422


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 64 BIT


    Because of this problem, I bought another laptop. The Barmdl
    pavilion dv6 6050se (le965ea Now I have a new problem
    .

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    Help Me...
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  3. #423


    Posts : 2
    microsoft windows 8


    AMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver | HP® Support

    Working perfect on my hp dv6 - 6c02tx with windows 8
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  4. #424


    Posts : 2
    microsoft windows 8


    AMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver | HP® Support

    Working perfect with my hp dv6 - 6c02tx with windows 8
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  5. #425


    Vantaa
    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Hello all,

    Anyone got luck yet with switchable graphics on Envy 17-3005eo? PCI string: \VEN_1002&DEV_6740&SUBSYS_1689103C&REV_00 is something I've not yet found on any of the SPs listed and the support web does not show any display drivers for this laptop. The HW is same/similar to dv7 models with Intel i7-2670QM and AMD 7690m XT card.

    I would have expected more from HP, quite frankly, for this new of a machine (bought in spring 2012), but I guess the only option is to sit out and wait (for me, the custom Enduro drivers provide too many caveats to go down that route). Well, at least I got the generic 'AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series' driver via Windows Update so can at least use the thing while waiting.
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  6. #426


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 CP x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coera View Post
    Hello all,

    Anyone got luck yet with switchable graphics on Envy 17-3005eo? PCI string: \VEN_1002&DEV_6740&SUBSYS_1689103C&REV_00 is something I've not yet found on any of the SPs listed and the support web does not show any display drivers for this laptop. The HW is same/similar to dv7 models with Intel i7-2670QM and AMD 7690m XT card.

    I would have expected more from HP, quite frankly, for this new of a machine (bought in spring 2012), but I guess the only option is to sit out and wait (for me, the custom Enduro drivers provide too many caveats to go down that route). Well, at least I got the generic 'AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series' driver via Windows Update so can at least use the thing while waiting.
    Hi Coera,

    IMHO, your HP ENVY 17-3005eo supports Windows 8, but there seems to be an oversight in terms of graphics support. I would take it up with HP Support first.

    The closest driver is SP59850 which supports other Radeon HD 7960M XTs, including one with the SUBSYS_1688103C.

    The only suggestion is to try installing SP59850 (using Device Manager, Have Disk method) for the Intel side, and try updating with AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta11 install immediately after.
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  7. #427


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 CP x64


    Quote Originally Posted by poma View Post
    Because of this problem, I bought another laptop. The Barmdl
    pavilion dv6 6050se (le965ea Now I have a new problem
    .

    Click image for larger version

    Help Me...
    poma,

    You should take a look at this post, and at the Code (43) section on the first post.
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  8. #428


    mombasa,kenya.
    Posts : 6
    windows 8 RTM, windows 7 ultimate


    Try compatibility mode with the old graphics drivers if everything else fails. That's what I did and everything works like it should!
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  9. #429


    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 CP x64

    HP Expert Day - 10Jan2013!


    For anyone that still has Switchable Graphics questions for HP, please post on the HP Forum below TODAY (10Jan2013):

    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...8/bd-p/Display


    Also, for those with older (Windows 7) drivers still looking for support on Windows 8, please try this solution (allows you to install Switchable Graphics [Win7] drivers in Compatibility Mode on Windows 8):

    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...o/td-p/2213275

    Best of luck!
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  10. #430


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hello all,

    Anyone got luck yet with switchable graphics on HP ENVY 17-2070nr?


    • 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor 2.00GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.90 GHz
    • Radeon HD 6850M Graphics and Intel HD 3000


    i try with this solutions and dont work!

    Thanks!!!!!
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