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Old 09-28-2011, 07:33 AM   #16
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So pretty much the same thing....
Not really. With switchable graphics, all that happens is that video card in use is swapped from card 'A' to card 'B'. etc.. With optimus, the 'accelerated' portion of the display is rendered by the nVidia GPU, then overlaid on the intel video output.

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I am trying to flash my BIOS so I can find out if I can manually switch between them or not.
Nope, and the dell/alienware engineers dont seem to want to implement that feature-

http://en.community.dell.com/owners-.../19376717.aspx

At least one of the 'standard' dell optimus laptops had the BIOS switching option disabled by a BIOS update, which shows the direction that dell/alienware is going in.
 
Old 09-28-2011, 07:38 AM   #17
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Not really. With switchable graphics, all that happens is that video card in use is swapped from card 'A' to card 'B'. etc.. With optimus, the 'accelerated' portion of the display is rendered by the nVidia GPU, then overlaid on the intel video output.



Nope, and the dell/alienware engineers dont seem to want to implement that feature-

http://en.community.dell.com/owners-.../19376717.aspx

At least one of the 'standard' dell optimus laptops had the BIOS switching option disabled by a BIOS update, which shows the direction that dell/alienware is going in.
And I understand all of that..... I have a separate thread about this BIOS thing.... Check it out, and you will see what I mean....
 
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