Intel HD Graphics instead of ATI Radeon 6370m, Switchable Graphics from Bios for Lenovo G570


The Lenovo G570 is coming with another integrated video card, Intel HD Graphics, besides the dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6370m. The issue is that if you download the official AMD Catalyst driver recognizer, the software will give an error, saying that the hardware is not compatible.

The user might think here that the laptop has an integrated Intel HD Graphics video card instead of the AMD Radeon 6370m.

We have in BIOS two options for graphics, Switchable Graphics and UMA Graphic. Leave the option as it is, on “Switchable Graphics”. UMA Graphic means that you will switch the laptop to run only using the integrated video card.

This issue is actually a smart system applied for laptops in order to save energy. When the laptop is in “idle mode” or you are not playing a video game, it will run with the integrated video card, the Intel HD Graphics.

When you start an application that will require more hardware power, it will auto-switch to the dedicated video card, the AMD Radeon HD 6370m.

You can check this fact by doing “right click” on the Sistray icon for AMD Catalyst, “Graphics Properties”, “Switchable Graphics Method”, select the second option and “apply”. What will happen is that the AMD Radeon HD 6370m will be your default video card from now on.

By doing this, you won’t be able to update the video drivers from the AMD driver recognizer tool, not even now.

To update the AMD driver, follow these steps. From the same window, click on the last option, “Software Update” and click “on update now”. Usually, the driver should already be updated with the latest version.

You can check what is your default video card right now by doing right click on desktop, “Screen resolution”, “Advanced settings”.

Notice that the Intel HD Graphics is recommended for browsing, office work, YouTube etc, as it will save energy and obviously your battery will last longer if the laptop is unplugged from the power source.

Catalyst Control Center update driver


  1. Steve
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    I also got a g570, but i don’t see any option fir switchable graphics. I have already download the last bios (2.09)from lenovo and updated. I still cannot find the option.

  2. admin
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    @Steve, this is what I see in bios.
    You should check the cd with the drivers, it should auto-install something for catalyst, right click on your desktop, if there is nothing about catalyst, you don’t have the drivers.

  3. Steve
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    I installed the ati driver for 6370m, but I cannot use the intel hd graphic. Windows 7 does not detect the intel graphic. Also, I don’t have the graphic device option in the bios.

    May I know what is the version of your bios

  4. admin
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I’ll check when I get home.
    By the way, for how long did you have the laptop?
    What do you think about the screen, did your eyes hurt on the first weeks after you got it?
    The viewing angle is very small, if you lower the display too much, the image will turn negative. I would really like to see another opinion.

  5. admin
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I’ve forgot, this is the model I have:–p59-316435

  6. Steve
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I have the same problem with the screen, but for me that is fine

  7. admin
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Is saying: Bios Version: 40CN28WW (V2.14).
    On the right upper corner after InsydeH2O Setup Utility is saying Rev. 3.5.

  8. Steve
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Do you know how to back up your BIOS? or where to download the 2.14 BIOS version?

    i can’t found 2.14v on lenovo website, but 2.09 only.

  9. admin
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I see a download link here,

    To be honest, I would not mess with the bios if the laptop works fine using the ATI graphic card.

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