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  1. #531


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


    yeah sup,

    well I still have my DV7t-6c00, it has a lot of good hardware, other than this idiotic graphics setup. I'll be keeping it for a while yet I have it running on W8.1 Pro with no problems now. But my next laptop when I decide its time will ONLY be Gforce, they have their switchable stuff in order. But to be fair, so does AMD, "IF" you have one of their actual "supported" cards, NOT these cheap ass OEM manufacturer knockoff's.

    If you read my posts on leshcat's site I posted, you'll see I just took a chance and installed the latest AMD beta driver 13.11.9.4 and the newest Intel driver 3347, right over my installed SP59850, no major bs efforts, no uninstalling and all that, I just wanted to see if it would take, I never thought it would, but some people on leashcat's site did it that way and it worked for them, mostly it was people with te 6770m, and since this 7690m xt was just a 6770 at its core anyway I decided to go ahead and satisfy my curiosity. of course I made a full Image backup just in case prior.

    So anyway both drivers installed, all is working, even the latest CCC. I had a slight ping when I forst installed the Intel, the system hung for a few sec on a black screen while re booting, and I thought here we go, but it went through the process and took, good thing I had a bit of patience lol and didn't hit the off button. After I seen it was running OK with that driver installed I went ahead and installed the AMD driver, it also gave me some sort of error box I just clicked OK and it kept right on installing. I don't game either, at least not the BF stuff, I just wanted to update my damned drivers is all.

    btw I kept it set to "fixed" mode, and no problems, I use the Radeon ( now listed as a 6700 series) while plugged in, it switches to Intel when I use the battery only. So for now I will continue to use this HP and install what ever MS comes out with until it quits lol.

    As for that touch pad thing, its another weird animal, mine just went out altogether, once it flickered and came back on for a while, but then went out again, so far its stayed out, no matter if I try the fn+space bar thing or not, so I'm not sure what the deal is on that, even the little red/orange light is off, the one you tap to stop the mouse pad if you want to. Anyway that has no real effect on the overall operation of the thing.

    (off topic: btw where in IN are u? my father was from Sullivan, and my sister lives in Indy, I seem to have a lot of relatives there.)

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  2. #532


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

    Windows 8 Switchable Gaphics: Intel Wireless Display


    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.9.17.10.3347 graphics, v.4.3.3.0 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 driver version.

    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.


    Recap:
    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
    3. Restart
    4. Go to: Intel® Wireless Display support page.
    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.]
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  3. #533


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


    one thing I found today, was when I had changed my setting to dynamic yesterday to see the different CCC screens, I started up this morning and my laptop screen was on not my external monitor, so for the heck of it I tried the F keys to darken or brighten the screen, well since it was on Intel It did work on the laptop screen, when I re set the thing to use only the external Samsung 27", the F keys don't work, only the Intel graphics Properties program will let me change the brightness when on the external monitor.

    I'm not sure about that if it uses the Radeon on the laptop screen only, I may try that some other time., nothing I'm too concerned over, just thought it was weird that the F keys worked on the laptop screen and not the external screen.

    The switchable screen that shows up now is the one where you set the different programs to use the gpu you want it to use, in fixed mode it only showed the power settting with either Radfeon while plugged in or the Intel when on battery.

    btw I have Intel Centrino +bluetooth the Intel is 1030, the other says bluetooth Device (personal area network) The other is some Realtek pcie GBE family controler

    Weird thing is I have a Intel WIDI folder in my Programs list, but have no idea when I installed that, I don't think I have WIDI. When I click on the exe I get a window pop up that this program has compatability issues,?? So I may have installed it by accedent.

    EDIT I downloaded that tool, it found 2 updates, so I'm installing them now, will see what it does.

    Edit 2: well that wasn't too good, I downloaded the stuff it found, but when it was installing it gave me some sort of error and stopped. I also lost my little green tray icon for the Intel Pro set wifi, ended up doing a recovery of the last restore point, that fixed it back, I was ready to just use my last image backup I made yesterday if it didn't. So I'm not sure what the deal is with WIDI, or like I said I even have it. If I do a check for update on the wifi centrino it says there is no better driver. So I'll just leave the beast as is. at least the damned AMD and Intel graphics drivers are installable.
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  4. #534


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


    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    one thing I found today, was when I had changed my setting to dynamic yesterday to see the different CCC screens, I started up this morning and my laptop screen was on not my external monitor, so for the heck of it I tried the F keys to darken or brighten the screen, well since it was on Intel It did work on the laptop screen, when I re set the thing to use only the external Samsung 27", the F keys don't work, only the Intel graphics Properties program will let me change the brightness when on the external monitor.

    I'm not sure about that if it uses the Radeon on the laptop screen only, I may try that some other time., nothing I'm too concerned over, just thought it was weird that the F keys worked on the laptop screen and not the external screen.

    The switchable screen that shows up now is the one where you set the different programs to use the gpu you want it to use, in fixed mode it only showed the power settting with either Radfeon while plugged in or the Intel when on battery.

    btw I have Intel Centrino +bluetooth the Intel is 1030, the other says bluetooth Device (personal area network) The other is some Realtek pcie GBE family controler

    Weird thing is I have a Intel WIDI folder in my Programs list, but have no idea when I installed that, I don't think I have WIDI. When I click on the exe I get a window pop up that this program has compatability issues,?? So I may have installed it by accedent.

    EDIT I downloaded that tool, it found 2 updates, so I'm installing them now, will see what it does.

    Hello Hoody,



    Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi) is a feature that is built into the Intel® Core i3, i5, i7 processor architecture beginning with the 2nd generation chipset. Your Core i7 processor acts as a GPU as well as a CPU. It also has the ability to process both video and audio data at the same time it is acting as your systems Central Processing Unit. Each core process multiple threads of data at the same time.

    If your system has a 2nd Generation Intel® Core processor or higher, you have Intel® Wireless Display. You only need a compatible WiFi driver/software configuration to enable it. You also need a wireless display adapter to receive the wireless display signal at the viewing source (Your TV). The 2nd Generation Intel® Core processors aren't as robust as the 3rd and 4th Gen chipsets, but they are very capable of wireless display. You only need update your WiFi driver as well its software to enable it. Some systems are built with WiDi button, not unlike a wireless button to turn it on and off when needed. Systems like mine that do not have the WiDi button uses the WiDi software and My WiFi software to enable and connect to other devices that support the wireless display signal. It's just like how you connect wirelessly to an access point or router. You search for available WiDi devices and connect using a registration key. After connection is accepted by the device your system's WiDi signals is piggy backed on your traditional WiFi signal to a device that can receive it and displayed onto whatever that device is connected.


    The hard part is getting your wireless configuration's software and drivers to play nicely together, without which it just won't work. Look under "Network Adapters" in your device manager to see what exact WiFi adapter you have installed. Use that information to update its driver then use the Intel® Wireless Display Update Tool to update the rest of you Intel® Wireless software drivers. You should be able to use your wireless display. You'll just need to buy a separate Wireless Display adapter (third party hardware) to receive and display onto you television. Netgear makes a good and inexpensive WiDi adapter. Actiontech also makes a nice one, but it might cost just a little bit more.

    The new Intel® Core processors not only support WiDi, but also MiraCast, which is being built into new hand held portable devices that do not have Intel® Core technology built into them. MiraCast does essentially the same thing as wireless display, but without Intel® Core technology. It mirrors whatever is on your device's screen onto a TV or projector through a third-party wireless display adapter and HDMI cable. You get high quality video and sound up to 1080p resolution.

    Make sure you update you WiFi adapter's driver before using the WiDi update tool. And don't forget... You need a WiDi adapter to receive the WiDi signal just like you need a wireless router to connect to other computers and networks. Having the WiDi signal enabled and working is useless if you have nothing around that can receive it. Below are examples of the two WiDi adapters I mentioned that are needed to get the WiDi signal from your computer or portable device onto your Television.


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  5. #535


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


    Man lol looks like more work than I want to deal with, I don't have much use as far as I can tell for this WIDI thing as it is. I did run that tool and it found 2 updates, I let it download and install, but it just gave me some error and stopped, my little green tray icon went missing too, that Intel ProSet icon, and couldn't find a way to get it back, I did still have web access, so I just did a restore point thing and reset it. Like I said I did find the WIDI folder in Programs, the exe is DTD 29 Nov 2012. So it may be out of date anyway for this W8.1 OS. its probably why when I clicked it it said it had "compatibility" issues, I tried to set it to W7 but it still said the same thing. Anywy since I don't seem to use this feature I'm not gona mess with it again.

    Here's a shot of my net adapters, it looks pretty much like yours except for the different number, mine is 1030.

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    yeah I have a 2nd gen 2670QM I7
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  6. #536


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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
    Man lol looks like more work than I want to deal with, I don't have much use as far as I can tell for this WIDI thing as it is. I did run that tool and it found 2 updates, I let it download and install, but it just gave me some error and stopped, my little green tray icon went missing too, that Intel ProSet icon, and couldn't find a way to get it back, I did still have web access, so I just did a restore point thing and reset it. Like I said I did find the WIDI folder in Programs, the exe is DTD 29 Nov 2012. So it may be out of date anyway for this W8.1 OS. its probably why when I clicked it it said it had "compatibility" issues, I tried to set it to W7 but it still said the same thing. Anywy since I don't seem to use this feature I'm not gona mess with it again.

    Here's a shot of my net adapters, it looks pretty much like yours except for the different number, mine is 1030.

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    yeah I have a 2nd gen 2670QM I7



    Hello Hoody,

    I feel you, but It's really not as much work as you might think. I looked up the Intel driver update for your particular WiFi adapter, Intel(r) Centrino(r) Wireless-N 1030. You only need the Wireless_16.1.1_De64.exe update. You don't need to install anything else but that driver, then let Intel's WiDi Update Tool install everything else once your WiFi adapter's driver has been updated. Below is the link to the Intel updates for your WiFi adapter (Driver Only):


    Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for Windows 8*



    Which file should you download?

    If you have Windows 8 32-Bit:
    DRIVERS ONLY: wireless_16.1.1_De32.exe
    Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software (includes Drivers): wireless_16.1.1_e32.exe

    If you have Windows 8 64-Bit:
    DRIVERS ONLY: Wireless_16.1.1_De64.exe
    Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software (includes Drivers): Wireless_16.1.1_e64.exe


    P.S., I think I remember you telling me that you installed one of the Leshcat Beta packages, right? The error message you received when you tried to use the Intel Update Tool was becasue the Intel graphics driver you have from Leachcat has been modified.






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  7. #537


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


    Hy man, no I only had my usual HP sp59850, until I installed the AMD driver from AMD downloads, (13.11.9.5) mobility) and the latest Intel (3347) both installed and things are as usual. btw I did not remove sp59850, the 2 regular drivers installed just fine over it. Most people that had problems did the clean install thing, for some reason it works better leaving the HP driver alone.

    The download tool had 2 updates I let run.

    Downloaded that 16.1.1 driver, installed OK as far as I could tell, it doesn't show much when it installs except that small icon, funny though it says its 15.9 and not 16.1 in device manager. Anyway at least it didn't remove my little ProSet configuration icon, although it did end up with a red x, and had to use reset Proset to get it back up, but i assume that's due to updating the driver.

    I may re try that update tool again later, just to see what it does now, but still don't see much reason to bother, still not sure just why I need to deal with it, what would I need it for? I don't seem to be using it anyway.
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  8. #538


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    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Hy man, no I only had my usual HP sp59850, until I installed the AMD driver from AMD downloads, (13.11.9.5) mobility) and the latest Intel (3347) both installed and things are as usual. btw I did not remove sp59850, the 2 regular drivers installed just fine over it. Most people that had problems did the clean install thing, for some reason it works better leaving the HP driver alone.

    The download tool had 2 updates I let run.


    Still not sure just why I need to deal with it, what would I need it for? I don't seem to be using it now.


    You already have an authentic Intel Graphics setup and an Intel Core processor, so you already have everything you need to use Intel Wireless Display, aside from the necessary Intel WiDi software and Intel WiFi software to enable it. However, you would still need a WiDi adapter to hook up to your TV so you can stream your computers display to your television. The new Netgear PTV 3000 WiDi adapter is inexpensive and it would also allow you to stream your Android phone w/ android 4.2, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or tablet's display to your TV too.

    Wireless display is a registered name by Intel for the technology, but Miracast is essentially the same technology and most of the new hand held devices on the market are equipped with Miracast and are compatible with the Netgear Push 2 TV 3000 adapter. If you watch movies or videos on your phone, imagine being able to Push those videos to your big screen TV. You may also just want to use your TV as a wireless monitor for your pc. You can also use it to give presentation using your cell phone.


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    P.S., By the way, your Intel graphics driver was indeed modified when you installed the (13.11.9.5) mobility) Beta package. Just ask Alpha if that's true. It was modified by the Catalyst control Center contained in that Beta update package. In any case your Intel graphics drive is no longer certified by Intel.
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  9. #539


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


    hy homes, well I guess I may not be into the modern age as others, I don't own a cell phone, don't have anybody to call or call me as it is lol, besides I can't see the cost for one of them things. Besides I can't do what I do with phone what I do with my laptop, for now anyway. and lernin to type with my thumbs isn't my plan either. I did check into those TrackPhone's one time, but hell I'd keep loosin the time I paid for cause I wouldn't ever be usin it that much, yeah I know you can roll the min over, but hell I'd have so many built up after a while I'd loose them anyway cause I'd done give up on the cost of the damned min cards lolol.

    I did connect my laptop once to my TV using the usual 9 pin VGA cable, But wireless would be cool, I just don't have the time or funds available for the hardware and setting the thing up. So I guess I'll let it hang at this point, with just the latest WIFI driver

    BTW yeah your probably right on the Intel stuff, I run that auto detect on line thing and everything comes up as not there lolol. I thought after I installed the regular Intel graphics driver it would at least see that. It doesn't even see my Intel net adapters. Oh well....... At least everything is working.

    I plan to keep usin this HP for a while as is, my next one will be Gforce gpu anyway, some time down the road. I mainly use this laptop as a desktop replacement now.

    L8R .....
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  10. #540


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


    OK, just installed the "mobile" 13.12 and again OVER the already installed beta 13.11.9.5, all went as usual. all is in working order as before. So I'm now pretty much convinced these non OEM drivers are now installable, and am able to continue to do so, this is the 3rd one of these I have installed starting with 13.11.9.4 along with the Intel driver 3347 and so far no major problems.Everything is fine, only thing as I mentioned before was that the system now see's my HP OEM 7690m xt as some 6700 Series, which I said I was aware of anyway as its just a 6770m at its core, so nothing performance wish changed. its no issue to me what the damned card is seen as, its still AMD. With this 3rd install though I at least stopped complaining about it lololol.

    I did find that leaving my COMODO AV on when installing these the AMD driver it somehow catches something and stops the completion process and the screen goes black on me, I had this the last time and couldn't figure what was the deal, I re booted using the on/off button as I couldn't see the damned screen, at re boot, things were OK, except I didn't have the CCC installed, and both monitors were on, laptop and external, the monitor issue was fixed by re setting the show only on 1 monitor, the CCC I had to re run the AMD setup again, but this time I closed my COMODO AV, and was able to see the popup system boxes that were installing in the back ground, all went OK and I have CCC back.

    I could post the same CCC screen shot but its no different than the one I posted before with 13.11.9.5, it shows the updated driver in the info section, and the switchable graphics page when on "Fixed" mode. I reverted back to fixed from dynamic cause I got tired of setting the different cards for the different programs, this way I know the Radeon is being used all the time unless I go off plug and on battery. Only thing that's a pain is some of my own made screen savers don't like the Radeon card, and won't work unless I have the Intel 3000 set , oh well can't have everything , smirks.

    btw I had the system set to "Fixed" when I installed this 13.12 over the installed drivers, some seem to say to use dynamic, some say fixed, I don't think it makes much differance as some don't have that option anyway. Main thing is in my case I DID NOT clean anything, I installed the first 13.11.9.4 over my installed OEM HP SP59850 driver, and have installed each update right over the others with no problems., just in case your interested, as all I read is all this "clean install" stuff.
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    installed OVER my existing driver
    installed in FIXED mode
    had to close my AV to get CCC installed

    Radeon 7690m xt (6770m) (13.12 final)
    Intel 3000 (3347)
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