New Macbook Pro 17" Unibody

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by weexpectedthis, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. weexpectedthis macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    Is there some trick to getting the higher-end graphics card to work. I'm trying my new laptop out with World of Warcraft and an external 23" display but getting worse FPS than with my old 17" MBP. It seems like the system isn't using the 9600M GT card, but rather the lower end one. Is there something I need to do to enable it?
  2. mac-mania macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2005
    Not really a trick, you just need to go into the System Preferences, Energy Saver section and enable the discrete graphics card, it'll make you log out to activate then you're good to go.
  3. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
    Is there a way for it to switch automatically when using battery power? Instead of having to manually change it?
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    No there's not. Not only must it be changed manually, but you must log out and back in to complete the switch.
  5. weexpectedthis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    Seems like a huge oversight. I'm sure an app will be out soon that manages this better.
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Not in OS X currently.
  7. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    "Windows" is that app...It pains me to say.

    /9600gt in a 15" macbook pro. Hates (*HATES*) having to muck around with preference panes and log out just to get decent battery life.

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