I also have Asus N82JV with Optimus Graphics Technology. You're correct, in my case it's the blue light next to the power button that indicates the mode of operation. Blue light is integrated chip and White light indicates that nVidia is kicking ass
First of all, cease from using the ASUS desktop widget for switching in&out the hybrid mode. That's if you actually have it of course. In my case, it actually not only completely banned nVidia, but in case I forced the switch (how, read below)
it actually ran down clocked.
That being said, if you have the widget, make sure it's off. Now, make sure to download latest Optimus drivers from ASUS or nVidia site. Next, there are various methods how to force the switch. I will list them in the order of reliability (success):
1. Success rate - 100%
.Get third party Overclocking Utility. I am using MSI Afterburner. It is a great and useful software if you're planning on gaming and once it is started it'll keep your dedicated card (nVidia) on constantly. Afterburner screenshot below, DOWNLOAD HERE
. Btw, if you don't like MSI's utility, there are many more out there...just do your research:p
2. Success rate - 75%
.Simply right click the *.exe file of desired program and select "Run with graphics processor --> High Performance nVidia processor". The drawback of this method is that context menu includes this selection ONLY if you are right clicking the file in file explorer (in actual installation folder). It does not show it from start menu or task bar...not sure about desktop shortcut
3. Success rate - 50% with programs/ 80% with games
. Open your NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL (click START, type NVIDIA or select it from your task bar icon menu on the right
), then in ADJUST 3D SETTINGS WITH PREVIEW select USE THE ADVANCED 3D IMAGE SETTINGS, switch to MANAGE 3D SETTINGS below, click PROGRAM SETTINGS tab, and there you can assign preferred GPU to the application of your choice. Works well especially with games
Hope that one of the aforementioned method will allow you to use your ASUS to it's maximum potential! CHEERS!
PS: Note, that the three methods are just THREE OF MANY, but they work for me (especially the Afterburner one)Edited by -LuckTR- - 7/30/11 at 10:59am