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    How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    Hi

    I have a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics card in my HP laptop. At this moment, the 'weaker' Intel graphic card (it is switchable..) is activated and I try to find a way to activate the 'better' graphic card (ATI Radeon)? How can I do this?

    You can see that the IGD (integrated card, which is the Intel card) is activated and powered on (+), the DIS (discrete graphics, more powerfull) is turned off:

    fred@fred-HP-Pavilion-dv6-Notebook-PC ~ $ sudo cat /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
    [sudo] password for fred:
    0: IGD: + : Pwr:0000:00:02.0
    1: DIS: : Pwr:0000:01:00.0

    Thx in advance

    Fred
    Last edited by azertyfred; January 23rd, 2012 at 12:56 AM. Reason: smileys appeared instead of code

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    Moved to Other OS/Distro Talk.
    My favourite place of all, is the closet in the hall

    Try elementary OS - https://elementary.io

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    anyone? thx in advance.

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    I'm in the same perplexing situation on Ubuntu 11.10 with the Lenovo G770
    Last edited by rojaasensei; January 24th, 2012 at 11:31 AM. Reason: clarity
    Xubuntu 11.10 64 bit

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    vgaswitcheroo?

    http://forums.mydigitallife.info/thr...s-Ubuntu-10.10
    http://forumubuntusoftware.info/view...10b50b4edd2024

    You would probably find similar info on the ubuntu forums if you searched.

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    http://forums.mydigitallife.info/thr...s-Ubuntu-10.10 has been read before. Step one fails when I enter
    sudo echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switchhttp://

    It produces the message "bash: /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch: Permission denied"
    Xubuntu 11.10 64 bit

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    Try: echo OFF | sudo tee /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Try: echo OFF | sudo tee /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
    no response from terminal. Terminal will not accept any further input from keyboard
    Xubuntu 11.10 64 bit

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    I also read about the vgaswitcheroo on other forums, but it doesn't seem to be the solution for this problem.

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    Re: How to enable ATI Graphics card in Gnome 3 (Mint 12)

    I was wondering if this is a problem only related to Gnome 3 (Mint 12). Because if this problem can be solved by installing another distro, that would be a fine solution. Is there another option?

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