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Laptop dual graphics issues

If your laptop has an Intel CPU and also has either an AMD or Nvidia graphics system, it may have the ability to switch between the Integrated Intel graphics or power savings, or the AMD/Nvidia for performance. But sometimes Firestorm isn't automatically configured to use the high performance graphics.

You can confirm this issue by looking at Help → About Firestorm and checking the name of the graphics card listed. If it says Intel, follow the steps below:

  • Log out of Firestorm

Nvidia

  • Right click desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Down the left side, select Manage 3D settings
  • Click the Program Settings tab
  • Click the Add button
  • If you have already launched Firestorm, it will be among the programs listed. Click on it, then click Add Selected Program at the bottom
  • If not listed, click Browse
    • Navigate to the viewer installation folder:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Firestorm-Release\Firestorm-Release.exe for the 32-bit Havok
      C:\Program Files (x86)\FirestormOS-Release\FirestormOS-Release.exe for the 32-bit OpenSim
      C:\Program Files\Firestorm_Releasex64\Firestorm-bin.exe for the 64-bit
    • Click on the Firestorm application and then click Open
  • In the dropdown below the program, choose High Performance NVIDIA processor
  • If you have both a 32-bit and 64-bit Firestorm installed, repeat the above step to add the other version.
  • Click Apply, then close the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Open your viewer and go to Help → About Firestorm. Verify that the graphics card listed is the Nvidia card.

AMD

  • Right click anywhere on the Desktop and select Configure Switchable Graphics
  • If you have opened Firestorm at least once, it will appear in the Recent Applications tab
  • If not listed, click Browse
    • Navigate to the viewer installation folder:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Firestorm-Release\Firestorm-Release.exe for the 32-bit Havok
      C:\Program Files (x86)\FirestormOS-Release\FirestormOS-Release.exe for the 32-bit OpenSim
      C:\Program Files\Firestorm_Releasex64\Firestorm-bin.exe for the 64-bit
    • Double click on the Firestorm application
  • If you have both a 32-bit and 64-bit Firestorm installed, repeat the above step to add the other version.
  • Once Firestorm is listed in the AMD Control Center, click the button at the right to change it to High Performance
  • Click Apply at the bottom and close the control center
  • Open your viewer and go to Help → About Firestorm. Verify that the graphics card listed is the AMD card.
laptop_dual_graphics.txt · Last modified: 2015/12/12 01:01 by misteracacia