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Old 02-16-2005, 05:27 PM   #1
Shaun32
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getting graphics card to be used instead of integrated graphics


Hello,

I recently installed FC3 and have a Compaq AMD Athlon comp bought off the shelf and so it came with integrated graphics. However, I have a GeForce FX5200 and I installed the drivers fine as far as I can tell because 1) dual monitors are working fine, and 2)the nvidia splash screen comes up fine at boot. All good, except last night when I played my first game on the setup (America's Army 2.2), I noticed it was extremely and unnecessarily laggy. I told this to my friend who knows a lot more about Linux than I do and he is helping me "move in" to my new system since we have the same distro. Anyway, he told me to do glxgears. It shows in the upper 900s of FPS, which apparently is really crappy and I should be getting like at least 5000 or so. I don't really know reasonable FPS ranges myself, but anyway, it's obvious to me that my graphics card is not being used and he said my graphics driver might be defaulting to the integrated graphics, which makes perfect sense to me.

Any ideas on what to do? Just tell me and I'll try it (or if you need more info). I'm eager to play a number of games and this is frustrating me to not be able to.

Thanks in advance,

Shaun
 
Old 02-18-2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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Best what you can do, run bios setup in you computer and disable integrated graphic card.
Restart computer and run you test only using your new card. Campare results and you will know
if that was a case.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 02:29 PM   #3
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Ok,

I did that and I've heard that before about the option to disable it in your BIOS, but in my BIOS the two options are "PCI" and "AGP/Onboard". My card is in my 1 AGP slot, but it kind of confuses me because in my mind "Onboard" is the integrated graphics. The option was on PCI so I changed it to the other one. I don't really know what kind of answer I am expecting because nobody can do anything about my BIOS, but whatever other input you have would be good.

Thanks btw to PeterOnTheNet for replying to me!
 
Old 02-18-2005, 02:37 PM   #4
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I don't know what is your mainboard but if you have manual for it you will find there all info. Sometimes you can disable your graphic card in BIOS setup and other time you need to change some pins on your mainboard
 
Old 02-18-2005, 03:31 PM   #5
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Yeah well I think I'm kinda screwed then because I have this real generic motherboard that I can't find any documentation anywhere on because it came with it and it was a Compaq bought off the shelf.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 03:33 PM   #6
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If thas the Compaq you will find manual on www.hp.com
 
  


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