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WEI score took a dive in Windows 8.1


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Well I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 and ran the WEI test from an elevated C prompt, and it seems to have taken a dive in a couple areas as opposed to the WEI I ran last fall with Windows 8 installed. I have no clue as to why or what to do about it. The machine runs well. I did an SFC scannow to check for errors and it was good.
Semi-new HP DV7 Notebook. Display adapters : Intel HD Graphics 4000......NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Edited by woodrow896, 16 March 2014 - 02:11 PM.

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OK. I know the problem. You do have two GPUs - a discrete Nvidia and an integrated Intel.

If, and this is a rather large "if", the drivers for both GPUs are correctly installed,
the BIOS is updated to the latest version
and configured for graphics auto-switching
and the various support drivers for real-time hybrid switching are working, you should be able to fix the problem thusly:

Open your UserPreferences.ini file in Notepad or a text editor of your choice. Scroll down to the section entitled "[Render]" and locate the entry "DisplayAdapter=0". Change the "0" to a "1" so that it looks like "DisplayAdapter=1". Save the change.

Provided the stars are aligned properly and everything is right in the world, you should be able to run the WEI and have something greater than zero.

Best of luck!
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Thanks...
How do I locate the userpreferences.ini? so far no luck...

Edited by woodrow896, 16 March 2014 - 03:17 PM.

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Do a search.
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Sorry for being somewhat inept at this but when I search UserPreferences.ini ,nothing comes up. I type it in every which way...hmmm

Edited by woodrow896, 16 March 2014 - 03:42 PM.

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I do not know more about it. You may not have the file. Hopefully someone else can help you.

Sorry
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Thanks for taking a shot at it...
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Hi,

If your drivers are the correct ones you will have some NVidia application to configure the Switchable Graphics where you can set winsat program (the one that does the WEI tests) to run on the NVidia graphic card.

You can get the idea from this video it's for Windows 7 Windows 8 should be similar.
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I set it to use the Nvidia card but didn't change anything. It was worth a try. A fella on another forum just reported that his WEI score did the same thing as mine upon updating to 8.1. Maybe that is why they would rather we didn't bother with WEI anymore and made it so we have to jump thru a few hoops to get at it.
I made sure my bios and all drivers were updated.
Thanks !
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I made sure my bios and all drivers were updated.


One problem with the Switchable Graphics is that you can't use the latest individual drivers you have to use the ones provided by the Manufacture so the "switch" can work.
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What is the point of switchable graphics ? Power consumption ?
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What is the point of switchable graphics ? Power consumption ?


Yes. I'm not sure about other advantages.
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