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      How to switch between Nvidia and Intel Onboard Graphics - Idea laptops


      This article helps us to determine the following cases:

      1. How to verify whether the Nvidia GPU is showing on the Device Manager.
      2. How to verify if the NVIDIA GPU is running when playing a game or run graphic intensive task instead of Intel GPU?
      3. How to switch to NVIDIA GPU manually?

      Applicable Brands

      • All Idea Laptops with switchable graphics

      Operating System

      • Windows 7
      • Windows 8/8.1
      • Windows 10


      1. Open Device Manager > Under Display adapters > you should see Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA.

      display settings

      2. Right-click the blank space of the desktop. Select NVIDIA Control Panel to switch between two graphics manually under Manage 3D Settings > Preferred Graphics Processor.

      display settings

      This should allow users to run the system on the Nvidia GPU whenever required.


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      • Alias ID: IN20130812-001
      • Document ID: HT078706
      • Last Updated :31 Aug 2016
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