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How can I tell NVIDIA Optimus to always run Google Chrome on my NVIDIA (rather than Intel) card?

The "Run with graphics processor: NVIDIA" option doesn't seem to have any effect, and NVIDIA for some reason seems to disable it in the control panel:

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According to NVIDIA, chrome and firefox both have been disabled from using the Nvidia GPU by design.

This is a death blow to WebGL in web browsers on optimus laptops and I have no idea why they decided to do this.

"Radium3D said: I have an ASUS N53SV laptop which features GPU switching and I have an issue with 326.80 drivers not allowing Firefox or Chrome to use "high performance NVIDIA processor" anymore I only have the option for "integrated graphics" under manage 3D settings -> program settings. I did not have a problem before."

This is by design. We disabled it for other browsers a while ago and forgot to do it to Firefox until recently.

ManuelG

source [geforce.com]

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I figured out a workaround for this, if you create a hard-link to chrome.exe in the same directory, you can set a profile for that executable independently.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application>mklink /H gpu-chrome.exe chrome.exe
Hardlink created for gpu-chrome.exe <<===>> chrome.exe

You'll need to run cmd.exe in administrator mode: right-click, run as admin.. and your Google Chrome application may be in another folder as %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\

Now I can run gpu-chrome.exe and have full 3D acceleration from my dedicated card.

Just right-click this new .exe and define a new predetermined GPU for running it as you did before nVidia blocked that option.

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This works for me, thanks! Though I always have to edit the profile's launcher icon on the desktop to use that other .exe and also have to start with selecting nvidia gpu from the right click submenu. –  Ikon Dec 30 '13 at 9:45

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