I recently bought the HP Envy laptop 15 with the following specs:
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel® Core i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8139 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 7690M, 1024 Mb (Which is as far as I know a modified version of the ), Switchable with Intel ® HD Graphics Family.
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1688
Anyway, I first realized that the switchable graphics is not functioning properly when I got an After Effects Plugin (VideoCopilot's Element 3D) that doesn't function with Intel®graphics cards. On the top bar of the plugin it said that the current graphics card was the Intel® HD one. No matter what I set any program to use "High Performance" or "Power Saver" in the catalyst, Nothing functioned as expected, the only card in use was the Intel® HD Graphics Family. I read a couple things on the web which stated that dynamic graphics mode is pretty buggy with the Envy 15. So I changed "Dynamic" in the bios system configuration to "Fixed". And when I restarted, I was able to switch between graphics cards at will. I ran Minecraft and at Performance set to "Max FPS" I got 100+ FPS and the graphics card crashed. I set it to "VSync" and FPS was limited to 60 (Which is all I need). I tried running Element 3D and it crashed. I later read that I need to download version 12.7 of the catalyst for Element 3D to work. I did and it worked fine. However when I play Minecraft, Performance set to "VSync" limits FPS to 30 (which is pretty crappy), and at "Max FPS" I get 35 fps or less. As far as I know "VSync" should limit fps to 60. I tried fixing this by updating drivers in Device Manager and rebooting. When I try opening the Catalyst control center I get error messages stating that there are no settings to change. I reinstalled Catalyst (Which installed other drivers with it) then it returns like it was before updating drivers. What should I do to fix this problem?