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This brief guide will give you some important tips to help alleviate
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<h3 id="mountain-lion">i. os x mountain lion.</h3>
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Far fewer apps will cause the more power-hungry graphics to turn on if
you're using OS X Mountain Lion (10.8). If you have not yet upgraded to
Mountain Lion, please consider doing so.
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Even if you haven't upgraded to Mountain Lion, I recommend staying on
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unless you absolutely need to. See
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Certain apps like Parallels and VMware Fusion have good reasons for
turning on the more power-hungry graphics. Other apps, like Google
Chrome and Skype, do not.
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Google Chrome has had on-and-off issues with graphics switching that still
crop up pretty frequently. Safari is more stable and graphics switching-friendly.
<strong>I strongly recommend using Safari instead of Google Chrome</strong>
for optimal battery life and user experience.
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You cannot use external displays (including projectors) while using
gfxCardStatus in <em>Integrated Only</em> mode. To use a display, stay
on <em>Dynamic Switching</em>.
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gfxCardStatus is copyright &copy; 2012
<a href="http://codykrieger.com">cody krieger</a> and
<a href="https://github.com/codykrieger/gfxCardStatus/graphs/contributors">contributors</a>.
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