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Can't customize some program settings in Optimus

Feb 18, 2013
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I have a laptop (thinkpad T410) with intel hd/nvidia NVS 3100M optimus technology. I'm trying to customize which programs are associated with which graphics processor, but the NVIDIA control panel won't let me select in some cases (for example, VLC player and windows media player are both set to Integrated Graphics, and I can't switch them to the NVIDIA graphics).

Any idea how I can fix this? Note how the pulldown list in the image below is disabled, and stuck on "Integrated Graphics". I read somewhere that these are now NVIDIA defaults for these programs (and if so, why would they do that?). Perhaps I can tweak them via NVIDIA inspector?


system info:
Operating System:	Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit (Service Pack 1)
DirectX version:	11.0 
GPU processor:		NVS 3100M
Driver version:		311.00
DirectX support:	10.1
CUDA Cores:		16 
Core clock:		606 MHz 
Shader clock:		1468 MHz
Memory data rate:	1580 MHz
Memory interface:	64-bit 
Total available graphics memory:	4095 MB
Dedicated video memory:	512 MB DDR3
System video memory:	0 MB
Shared system memory:	3583 MB
Video BIOS version:
IRQ:			0
Bus:			PCI Express x16


easyDaemonAPIU64.DLL		NVIDIA Update Components
WLMerger.exe		NVIDIA Update Components
daemonu.exe		NVIDIA Update Components
ComUpdatus.exe		NVIDIA Update Components
NvUpdtr.dll		NVIDIA Update Components
NvUpdt.dll		NVIDIA Update Components
nvui.dll		NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
nvxdsync.exe		NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
nvxdplcy.dll		NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
nvxdbat.dll		NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
nvxdapix.dll		NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
NVCPL.DLL		NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
nvCplUIR.dll		6.9.850.0		NVIDIA Control Panel
nvCplUI.exe		6.9.850.0		NVIDIA Control Panel
nvWSSR.dll		NVIDIA Workstation Server
nvWSS.dll		NVIDIA Workstation Server
nvViTvSR.dll		NVIDIA Video Server
nvViTvS.dll		NVIDIA Video Server
NVSTVIEW.EXE		NVIDIA 3D Vision Photo Viewer
NVSTTEST.EXE		NVIDIA 3D Vision Test Application
nvDispSR.dll		NVIDIA Display Server
NVMCTRAY.DLL		NVIDIA Media Center Library
nvDispS.dll		NVIDIA Display Server
nvGameSR.dll		NVIDIA 3D Settings Server
nvGameS.dll		NVIDIA 3D Settings Server