Advice 1: How to enable two graphics cards

Certain models of modern laptops have two graphics cards. This allows you to select any currently the video card to maximize performance or extend the useful life of equipment without recharging.
How to enable two graphics cards
You will need
  • - AMD Catalyst Control Center;
  • - Intel Graphics Media Accelerator.
To use the desired card, reboot the laptop and log in to the BIOS menu. Locate the point responsible for the operation status of the adapters. Select the one that you want to disable and select Disable. To enable this, equipment will set the value to Enable.
If you need to make both video cards active, then click Enable for both devices. Return to the main menu of BIOS and select Save & Exit. Press the Enter key.
Remember that two video cards can't work simultaneously. Ie they can both be active, but in a specific period of time is only one video card. Open the properties menu of "My computer" and navigate to device Manager. Make sure that both video cards enabled.
Now install the AMD Catalyst Control Center, if the notebook includes a processor company AMD. Restart your laptop and launch the application. Configure the parameters of the adapters. If necessary, activate the automatic switch devices when you disconnect/connect power supply.
If the laptop includes a Intel CPU, then install the Graphics Media Accelerator from this company. Restart your laptop and run this utility. Configure collaboration settings integrated and discrete graphics cards. Pay attention to the fact that the original will always be the active onboard video card. Ask yourself the list of programs at startup which activates a discrete graphics card.
Do not disable unless you absolutely need one of the adapters. Try to use your discrete graphics card only in cases, when power is not enough the integrated adapter.

Advice 2 : How to connect the built-in video card

Video card is a device with which the monitor displays the result of the work of computer, be it a video, spreadsheet, or text file. The graphics card can be integrated into the motherboard or external. In the first case, it uses part of RAM PC, and the second – its own memory.
How to connect the built-in video card
As a rule, modern external video cards are the best compared to the built-in characteristics. Poet users buy a discrete video card inserted in AGP slot or PCI-E and forget about the existence of the integrated device. However, it may be necessary to switch to integrated graphics card – for example, in the case that external failed. Disconnect the computer from power supply, disconnect the video connector from the interface cable going to the monitor. Remove the side panel and remove the video card from the slot. Connect the cable connector to the integrated graphics.
Turn on the system unit. After booting and short sound signal POST at the bottom of the screen displays the message "Press Delete to Setup" is an invitation to enter BIOS setup (Basic In-Out System). Instead of Delete can be provided, another key is likely F2 or F10 depending on the manufacturer. Go to Setup and find a menu item that defines the configuration of the integrated devices. Perhaps it will be called Peripheral Setup Integrated Devices or.
In the list select Init.Graphics Adapter Priority – the priority of the boot graphics device. This option can be called, depending on the BIOS version, VGA Boot From, or Primary VGA BIOS INIT Display First. Install the first downloadable device has an integrated AGP/Int – VGA. Press F10 to save the configuration and exit the BIOS. Confirm your decision by pressing Y.
To any device to work properly, it is necessary to install the appropriate driver, which is usually supplied with the equipment. If you can not find the disk or diskette with the driver on the built-in graphics card, visit the website of the motherboard manufacturer and download the drivers from there.

Advice 3 : How to change the graphics card on your computer quickly and easily

A replacement video card on a desktop - it's not complicated. However, it is worth remembering that it can be integrated into the motherboard, and then replace it separately will not work. Before you change the graphics card on your computer, find out whether it is included in the composition components.
To change the video card on the computer

Find documents from the computer and see what video card it has. They have different type of connector - PCI-Express or AGP. This aspect is very important, since the graphics card is PCI-Express will not fit a computer in which was installed a video card with AGP and Vice versa.

In that case, if the documents do not describe the video card, that means it is integrated into the motherboard. To find out what you will need to replace, look at the model of “mother” and on the manufacturer's website, find the list of video cards that are compatible.

Replace “none” with the new one. To do this, remove the side cover of the laptop (there may need a screwdriver) and locate the connector for the video card. Remove the screw and remove the old card. Fasten the new one on its place by a small screw.

Note: when replacing the video card be careful. In many computers there is an additional mounting for these components. Pulling out the old graphics card, do not force to avoid damaging it.

Some video cards require connection to the power supply. For this there should be an additional connector. If your power supply no - if you buy a new graphics card tell the seller. He will select the “none” that does not require additional power.

When video card is installed, screw the side panel of the computer and insert the driver disk from the video card. It comes with it. Install the driver. You're done!

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