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This brief guide will give you some important tips to help alleviate
any confusion you might have when using gfxCardStatus.
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<h3 id="mountain-lion">i. os x mountain lion.</h3>
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.
Even if you haven't upgraded to Mountain Lion, I recommend staying on
<em>Dynamic Switching</em> as much as possible. Don't switch modes
unless you absolutely need to. See
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<h3 id="apps">ii. apps.</h3>
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.
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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<h3 id="displays">iii. external displays.</h3>
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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