Recently, I bought a laptop. With a Nvidia graphic card. I use it for gaming. But it appears that recent products by Nvidia have serious issues, related to their “Optimus” technology. In particular for many games and videos.
It appears that the issues are numerous, Nvidia unresponsive and according to some posters who state they know what they’re talking about, those issues can’t be fixed, being hardware problems that no pilot can solve. There might be right or wrong, I wouldn’t know, I don’t even understand most of what those people write. Look by yourself on the Nvidia forums or elsewhere.
Sorry for this long introduction, but I wrote all this to warn people who would intend to buy a laptop with an Nvidia card. Look it up closely, since many laptops are affected.
Anyway, here’s my personal problem. Basically, the computer has two graphic card. A basic one and a GeForce XXXwhatever (In my case 235m). When you’re using, say, excel, or just browsing on the web, the basic card is used. When needed, the Optimus technology is supposed to switch automatically to the advanced graphic card. Problem is that it doesn’t do so for a number of games or other applications. So, your computer freeze, or crash, or your game is incredibly slow or you just get a black screen.
I have a black screen problem with a couple games I own. And I would want to know which one of the two graphic cards is being used when such a thing happens in order to determine if it’s related to this “not switching to the proper graphic card” issue. How can I figure it out (knowing that I’m mostly computer-illiterate, so no big words please )?
Thanks in advance.