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Update Vostro 3550 AMD 6630/Intel HD 3000 Switchable Drivers

Wed Aug 24 19:28:55 GMT 2011 - Aug 24, 2011

At this point it is looking like the BIOS fixed mode implementation will roll out first. This will also require updates to PowerDVD, AMD/Intel GPU drivers and Dell Quickset. From what I can gather from the engineers' email string, the BIOS version that supports fixed mode also includes some fixes for other issues that break PowerDVD and Quickset (onion...layers...joy). I still have no confirmed dates, but it just "feels" like this "first stage fix" will come in terms of days instead of weeks. That could mean 14 days (arbitrary), so try not to think days means less than a week.

The good news is the new BIOS is a sort of lynchpin for both the BIOS fixed mode implementation and the Windows configurable version. The ultimate solution will definitely take more time, and at this point we can't even guarantee anything beyond the BIOS fixed mode solution. Let's light a candle of hope.

I will post back release dates for the 3 downloads mentioned above as they become available. Astute users may even notice newer versions getting posted at some point in the future before I get the word from my team mates on the other side of the planet.

Update Vostro 3550 AMD 6630/Intel HD 3000 Switchable Drivers

Wed Aug 24 16:15:13 GMT 2011 - Aug 24, 2011

HairyCube, you can install the latest graphics driver, they work well with the Intel. But there is still the problem with switchable graphics. 

Try this link, directly from AMD: http://www2.ati.com/DriVeRs/mobile/11-8_mobility_vista_win7_64_dd_ccc_ocl.exe

I have it installed on my 3550 and it's working well.

You need to install the latest Dell drivers in order to not have any problems. So the process is: Install Driver from Dell (A00)(only if fresh install) -> Install Driver from Dell (latest) -> Install ATI drivers, but again, this does not solve the switchable graphics issue

Update Vostro 3550 AMD 6630/Intel HD 3000 Switchable Drivers

Wed Aug 24 16:07:23 GMT 2011 - Aug 24, 2011

Yes, the main reason I bought this notebook is that it has a dedicated graphics. If I knew that this model had this problem with switchable graphics, I wouldn't have bought it.

Please Bill, a quick solution, just a BIOS settings, that's all I'm asking. I really need to work and this problem is really holding me back. 

Update Vostro 3550 AMD 6630/Intel HD 3000 Switchable Drivers

Wed Aug 24 15:07:49 GMT 2011 - Aug 24, 2011

I couldn't agree more with TiagoLiraPE. All I need is a simple and quick solution to use the Radeon card up to its full potential. I don't need the Intel card AT ALL, and I don't care about battery life (which is not very good even on Intel card anyway). I don't use any Dell software on my Vostro 3450. Why can't Dell implement the fix the same way HP did?

I also don't mind being a beta tester as long as it's a BIOS update. If it's just a driver update, I wouldn't even get my hopes up because there WILL be compatibility problems with older applications even if OpenGL is fixed. Again, HP's solution was PERFECT in this respect.

P. S. I also want the Mobility Radeon drivers to work with my system, cause installing them now breaks the switchable graphics scheme.

Update Vostro 3550 AMD 6630/Intel HD 3000 Switchable Drivers

Wed Aug 24 14:10:50 GMT 2011 - Aug 24, 2011

DirectX games works flawessly, I already played RaceDriver GRID on my Sony FullHD tv, and had no trouble setting resolution on 1920x1080@60hz. My only problem is OpenGL.

Bill, I'm happy to hear that you are trying to give us the best option, but right now I need a simple solution, just to fix the ATi card as the only avaliable card. I need it as soon as possible, this issue is affecting my work. The quickest you give me a simple solution the better, so we can wait for the full solution.

I don't mind being a beta tester, as soon as I get SW working properly the better.

Update Vostro 3550 AMD 6630/Intel HD 3000 Switchable Drivers

Wed Aug 24 03:14:37 GMT 2011 - Aug 24, 2011

tamlee

I dont have problems with high temperatures using 6630 when im plaing, Dell mades a very great work on Vostro 3550,  when i play Crysis 2/Metro 2033 i get 70C max, its a very good temperature. Be fine, 6630 will never overheat if your cooler is working good. =]

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