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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

HP to offer a switch for their line of HP AMD BACON hybrid laptops

Our team member E. P. has pointed out that HP will issue a BIOS update that will allow users to switch from the default Dynamic mode to Fixed mode in HP AMD BACON hybrid graphics laptops:

We understand that there is a concern about switchable graphics and OpenGL functionality.


Switchable Graphics:

HP has a document about how to configure the ATI® Mobility Radeon® Switchable graphics feature. This

document also describes the differences between fixed and dynamic switchable graphic modes and how

to use each effectively.



Open GL Functionality:

To operate certain OpenGL applications, you will need to install the latest graphics driver (SP 53025)

which can be found here: . This download

provides Intel Graphics Driver version to support the Intel GPU in HP notebooks with

switchable graphics. The AMD graphics card in newer HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 Series models may not

run certain Open GL software.


Update: There is a BIOS update in the works that will allow you to switch from the default Dynamic mode to Fixed mode. Switching to Fixed Mode will allow you to run Open GL programs on the AMD Radeon graphics processor. We will let you know as soon as this is available.