Macbook Pro Graphics

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RedRed99, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. RedRed99 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011

    I'm using bootcamp to run windows 7, macbook pro 15" early 2011 model. Is there any way to use the integrated intel hd 3000, as opposed to the dedicated ati 6490m 256mb v/ram, or even perhaps both simultaniously to boost graphics perforance. Have searched high and low and i can't seem to find anything related to this

  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    You cannot use them in conjunction, this is not supported at a hardware level.

    As to using the HD3000, why would you want to? Is battery life a concern? I'm not aware of a way to force the usage of the HD3000, as I don't think Windows contains the necessary software for the live switching implementation that Apple uses.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    There is no way short of editing the UEFI settings and still it probably wouldn't work. Cannot be done by any normal person.
    Using both simultatniously is entirely impossible not even Apple could make that work without some serious redesigns.

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