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Using integrated graphics card on external Monitor instead of dedicated graphics card

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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
September 30, 2018 3:39:06 PM


I just got a new laptop not too long ago. its an MSI PE62VR (intel core i7 7700hq, Nvidia GTX 1060m), which has enough power for me to do my school work.
I always used a second monitor to get my college work done, it's really nice to have two screens to work with multiple virtual machines. My concern is, that the second monitor is using the Nvidia card for display. I know for a fact that the Intel HD 630 can have up to two multiple displays. I don't know if this would affect the device's life (decreasing it). I had previous laptops with dedicated GPU (one with a GTX 950m) and it wasn't being used for display, neither for another laptop with a GTX 1050m. Is there a way to switch this? I've checked the BIOS, graphics control panel for both Intel and Nvidia, and I can't find an option for this.

any help will be greatly appreciated.

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September 30, 2018 3:47:31 PM

Question from rayko556 : "Using iGPU instead of GPU on laptop's external monitor"

rayko556 said:
So, I've been trying to use an external monitor for my laptop, so I can do my class work easier. Once I connected the laptop using the mini display port, I've noticed that the laptop's Nvidia GPU (gtx 1060m) is being used instead of the Intel HD which I have not seen on my previous laptop which had a GPU (gtx 950m)
I've tried using the regular HDMI port and still gives the same result.
Not that I am losing sleep over this, but I would personally prefer if the external monitor would only use integrated graphics. would this be possible? the monitor doesn't show up at all on the Intel Graphics settings. it does show up on the Nvidia Control panel either when plugged into the mini display or the HDMI.
Just to mention now the laptop used is an MSI PE62VR (intel core i7, GTX 1060)
thanks beforehand for all the help/answers!

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