Friday 10 March 2017

Activate Intel IGP alongside Discrete Graphics

13:29 Posted by Jurgens Krause , , , , , , , , No comments
I recently built myself an r/averagebattlestation to work on. It was built using a second hand i5 3330 on a Gigabyte H61 Motherboard, but this guide should apply to most modern Intel systems.

After installing my GPU (AMD Radeon 5770) I wondered if I could use the VGA output on the motherboard to drive a third screen. A quick google made me believe it would be possible, so I set out to configure my 3 screen average battlestation.

The first thing you will need to do is make sure that you have a CPU that has an integrated graphics processor. Google is your friend here, but most modern Core i cpu's will have one.

Secondly, you will need to find out how to access your motherboard's BIOS. On my machine, spamming the DEL button while powering on the system does the trick.

On my Gigabyte board I had to go to the Peripherals tab and change the "Internal Graphics" option from "Auto" which means it is disable if there is a discrete GPU, to "Enabled", which forces it to enabled. I also set the "Init Display First" value to "PEG" which is PCI Express Graphics.

I am now happily rocking three screens on this ageing machine.


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