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Asus K53TA-BBR6 Laptop: AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M 1.4GHz APU, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x68 LED, 1GB Radeon HD 6550, WiFi N, 6-cell Battery, Win 7 Prem EXPIRED

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Best Buy has Asus K53TA-BBR6 Laptop for $449.99 with free store pickup. Thanks sukr4deelz

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  • AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M 1.4GHz APU
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB HDD
  • 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit Hgh-Definition Widescreen Dsplay
  • 1GB AMD Radeon 6650 Graphics
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
  • WiFi N
  • 6-cell Battery
  • Windows 7 Premium

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Edited October 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM by sukr4deelz
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ASUS K53TA-BBR6 Laptop / AMD A-Series Quad-Core A6-3400M 1.4GHz APU / 15.6" LED / 4GB DDR3 / 500GB HDD / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6650 Graphics - Brown Suit - $449.99

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#586
Driver update: (Thanks to mahmoud elfar)
AMD Catalyst 14.4 WHQL SG FIX Apr 25 >>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=388630
all notes are updated in wiki. Installed as an adminstrator & works fine on my Win 7x64 laptop with working configure switchable gfx menu.
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Quote from atoneapone View Post :
Driver update: (Thanks to mahmoud elfar)
[COLOR="Red"]AMD Catalyst 14.4 WHQL SG FIX Apr 25[/COLOR] >>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=388630
all notes are updated in wiki. Installed as an adminstrator & works fine on my Win 7x64 laptop with working CCC & switchable gfx menu.
I just got this amazing laptop off Craigslist. I swapped out the drive with a 128gb ssd but after using the restore discs only had about 30gb left (including the 25gb untouchable restore partition). how much space could I get back by removing the bloat ware?
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#588
Driver update: (by mahmoud elfar)
AMD Catalyst 14.6 beta V1 SG FIX May 23>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=389511
AMD Catalyst 14.6 RC2 SG FIX June 20>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=390542

I'm just passing on info about these new updates.
The mod allows a working configure switchable gfx menu like past drivers, BUT....
I'm sticking with 14.4whql because of a couple major "bad" changes to the CCC. There is Missing AMD Radeon Dual Graphics menu and loss of [Muxed]Fixed mode (switchable graphics method menu). (see pic) Without enable dual graphics on newer 14.6, you lose crossfire capability, but I usually like setting it to disable dual graphics or crossfire off, so may not be a big deal. Games will probably play fine, and maybe even better for some games (eg. Watch Dogs which has better utilization).

So we have the option to stay with 14.4whql or go with newer 14.6betas.
(I'm staying with 14.4whql until I need newer drivers for a newer game in the future. Hopefully Dual Graphics menu returns, so we sometimes have the choice to do crossfire (6720g2).)

http://i.imgur.com/haLtxZ6.png
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#589
14.4whql SG fix "MOBILITY Version" has been updated to mahmoud elphar's original post of driver. (previously we were all using desktop version)
Link>> http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=388630

One user with an Intel i7 4th gen +8850m claimed it to have better FPS on NFS games, AssassinsCreedIV,Crysis games, & better for DX9 games, but not really sure if it will be any different on our laptop. I may not try this unless I get bored one day (since previous driver has been very good as it is).
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Quote from atoneapone View Post :
Driver update: (Thanks to mahmoud elfar)
AMD Catalyst 14.4 WHQL SG FIX Apr 25 >>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=388630
all notes are updated in wiki. Installed as an adminstrator & works fine on my Win 7x64 laptop with working configure switchable gfx menu.

Do I still need to install 13.4 and the install the modded 14.4 over it or can I just do a clean install?

I tried clean install, but seem to only be showing the one GPU in msi kombustor (the slower of the two). Using the previous modded 13.12 I could run the burn-in and it would show both cards working. Also couldn't seem to get unofficial overclock to work in afterburner.

Below are the steps taken-

1. Express uninstall AMD drivers
2. reboot
3. reboot in safemode and run DDU
4. install modded. 14.4 (I didn't do it as admin, maybe that is the cause, will try again)
5. reboot
6. disable ULSP
7. install MSI afterburner and modify config to allow overlocking
8. here is where things weren't working, couldn't oc the second card in Kombuster or overclock it with msi afterburner.

Any suggestions? As said in step 4, I did not do it as admin, going to try that tomorrow.
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Quote from D3ADPIX3L View Post :
Do I still need to install 13.4 and the install the modded 14.4 over it or can I just do a clean install?
Any suggestions? As said in step 4, I did not do it as admin, going to try that tomorrow.
Thanks for the feedback; I haven't had any complaints about 14.4 desktop so I haven't tried mobile version yet.
I usually uninstall using control panel (program uninstall), or you can use revouninstaller or iorbit uninstaller. Then I continue like your steps 2&3, but I install as admin,13.4 and then reboot & overlap install 14.4.
I always install 13.4 first so I can configure the switchable gfx menu apps (the apps that later become locked to power save in later ccc versions eg. firefox browser, google chrome, wmc, MPC video players, skype, etc; I select either high performance or based on power source but they cannot be changed again unless clean installed; some apps are stuck in power save like mpc hc & vlc. ).example >>http://s15.postimg.org/d7lxqfguj/mor...cked_items.jpg [postimage.org]

So, Then continue exactly like your steps 5-8 and it should work. It's also possible that the mobile version mod made by mahmoud isn't working properly or as well as other drivers on our laptop...but it should work since all his other driver mods are good.
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8. here is where things weren't working, couldn't oc the second card in Kombuster or overclock it with msi afterburner.
For gpu overclocking after installing all CCC drivers, reboot and do the registry hack to turn ULPS off so overclocking is possible, reboot again, then ready to use.(Hdwingnut posted years ago)
Link>>http://forum.notebookreview.com/a...ost7861621
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#592
All the Most Recent Graphic Driver choices (10/30/2014)
AMD Catalyst 14.9.2 Beta SG FIX OCT 10>>Win8 64bit &Win7 64bit later >>http://mahmoudelfar.blogspot.com/
Latest driver seems as good as 14.9, possibly better and smoother and more game optimizations.
(ALSO See update notes in later posts about SG FIX PATCHER to use on official AMD driver or using an edited INF file for Win7 64bit.)

AMD Catalyst 14.9 WHQL SG FIX SEPT 15>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=393375 --supposed to be better than 14.8 & returns enable dual gfx functionality. But I found it difficult to tell differences between all past drivers from 14.4 thru 14.9. (I'm presently on 14.9). There may be trade offs in different game's performances (new and old); so more game testing is needed. Some may prefer older drivers if their games play better on them.
I have backed up the most recent driver that I'm using since links at guru3d were removed(see next post):
Backup download links (File is divided into 2 rars)
http://www54.zippyshare.com/v/9363665/file.html
http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/79199724/file.html
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(note:Regarding 14.8 14.7RC3, 14.6RC2, & 14.6b1 you lose "enable dual graphics" menu option in CCC, and there is loss of fixed mode muxed graphics capability. 14.4WHQL was the last driver to work properly for Fixed Mode.)
NOTE 2: I recently realized that the drivers above lose ability to crossfire so no more 6720G2 capability. Only single gfx (6650m) is functioning, but that's ok since 80-90% games functioned better&faster with crossfire off. [Latest drivers should provide better game performance on newest games. eg. Watch Dogs, GridAutoSport, Wildstar, Battlefield HardlineBeta, PlantsVsZommbies, etc]
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AMD Catalyst 14.8 WHQL SG FIX Aug 30>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=392410 --better benchmarks than earlier drivers.
AMD Catalyst 14.7 RC3 SG FIX Aug 14>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=391976
AMD Catalyst 14.6 RC2 SG FIX June 20>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=390542
AMD Catalyst 14.6 bV1 SG FIX May 23>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=389511
AMD Catalyst 14.4whql SG fix "Mobility or Desktop Version>> http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=388630 (Desktop version has been perfect for me, so I've never tested mobility version.)
...wait for 14.9 to see if anything changes about ccc enable dual gfx option & switchable gfx options.

(Below is another mod using 13.12+ 14.6 game profiles, but it may only be for Intel+AMD since it's called "ENDURO-Fix" ; The modder stated it has best gaming performance, but I've never tested it, so YMMV...and anyways this one may not be for AMD APU gfx.; But I recently installed them on another laptop with Intel 3rdgen i5+7670m Win8 and it's working fine.)
AMD Catalyst 13.12whql +14.6RC2game profiles SG FIX July 7>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showpost...tcount=104
or direct links:
https://yadi.sk/d/NGrP5iaeW8qsk
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B...edit?pli=1
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#593
Mahmoudelfar has stopped posting new drivers at guru3d & links there were removed.


UPDATE1 :

mahmoudelfar is back! his modded drivers can still be found at his blog site. So go there for the latest modded driver.
>> http://mahmoudelfar.blogspot.com/


Update 2: I recently got official AMD 14.9.2beta for Win7 x64, & made the edits in the .INF(see DL link below) & the display driver and CCC seem to have installed fine...however I did get an error on install - "package source could not be found"--but everything seems installed ok-all version numbers were updated & overall performance is great
These are my INF files if you want to use this method (for Win7 64bit only). But keep in mind you may get package error on install. Also CCC states older number but it's really new 14.9.2 since mantle and framepacing are mentioned, display version numbers are newer. The CCC software info may not be identified as 14.9.2, but it really is (mine was still stating 13.4 since I install that prior to 14.9.2). I fixed the CCC id by editing the registry>>http://www.kn00tcn.net/site/fix-f.../#comments
INF DL link (Win7x64 only)>> http://www35.zippyshare.com/v/35712456/file.html
First download Official Win7 64bit 14.9.2beta [amd.com], and then extract driver contents and locate INF file & replace it with the one I made above. Location is here:
Packages>Drivers>Display>WB6A_INF
Then Install the AMD driver like you would normally do with a clean install (eg. uninstallCCC-DDU safe mode-install13.4-overlap install14.9.2).

UPDATE 3: Leshcat also shared a SG FIX Patcher for any official AMD driver -made by user FunkyMike. This may be the easiest method to getting SG Menu to function again better than above INF edit. I have not tried this yet, but this may be all we need in the future.
Direct DL Link>>http://www71.zippyshare.com/v/3901800/file.html
or
thread>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showpost...ostcount=5
Note: This method was proven to work if patcher is run in safe mode. Cool
see post>>http://forum.notebookreview.com/a...ost9830968
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#594
AMD CCC 14.11.1 for HD 5000 & HD 6000 GFX is available>>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthre...ost4956843

note: This is not modded for SG fix menu. So after clean installing this, you will have to use the "SG fix Patcher [zippyshare.com]" in safe mode to get configure SG menu working.

note: I heard game performance is nearly identical to 14.9.2, but noted for optimizations to new games eg. Assassins Creed Unity.

update: (modded driver below, for the old way to install working updated driver.)
14.11.2beta MODDED SG FIX Win7x64 & Win8.1x64 by mahmoudelfar >> http://mahmoudelfar.blogspot.com/
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#595
Update5 (most recent update): 7/12/2015
Mahmoudelfar has stopped making modded drivers, since his dGPU recently burned out. So if anyone needs a newer modded driver then try using SG FIX PATCHER shared at guru3d forum >> http://forums.guru3d.com/showpost...ostcount=5
[First install official new drivers; then reboot in safe mode and run SG FIX Patcher. (Always backup system before proceeding. There may be blue screens or hangs so YMMV. Try rebooting and it usually installs ok with working SG menu).]

Alternatively, you can use older drivers eg. 14.4whql, and use DLL files from any newer/older driver & place them in game folder & enjoy benefits of any gfx driver for each specific game. Note AMD 14.4whql drivers were the last to support FIXED MODE manual switching of gfx if you had the Bios mod for fixed mode installed.

update4:
AMD 15.5 Beta, or newer >>http://mahmoudelfar.blogspot.com/
Archive of DLL Files (Collection of graphic driver DLL files from 13.1 thru 15.5 & newer.) >>http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=399547
Allows you to choose any graphic driver you want for each game (whichever runs the game best), without going through a long installation process.
other notes about new DLL file method>>http://forum.notebookreview.com/t...t-10017274

update3: 4/2015
MD 15.3 Beta, 15.4 Beta
Not much has changed from the last driver so I'm still on 14.12whql om
ega since it's been ok. Not sure if any games play better or not. Latest games (GTA V) might benefit a tiny bit, but unsure.

update2: Tried it all over again, and it worked, but I didn't notice any significant improvements. Maybe it makes some difference on latest games. I had initially had problems scaling it properly with all my hdtvs via hdmi (getting black bars around my picture), but that's all fine like before.

Driver notes: many fixes and new functions regarding 4K movie viewing etc added + slight extra performance; hopefully this will be the best driver to date, but unsure for our laptop. ...more testing is needed.; A couple of older games crash more than they used to eg. BF3

update1: It did not install properly for me, so I rolled back to 14.11.1beta which was fine for me all along...maybe I will try again later if I get bored.
AMD CCC 14.12 WHQL OMEGA for Win7x64 Win8.1x64 SG FIX is available>>http://mahmoudelfar.blogspot.com/...9043121215
(Also AMD 15.x modded driver based on Dell Alienware Amplified driver-but I never tried this.)
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