How to Disable Intel Extreme Graphics on a Motherboard


Intel Extreme Graphics, housed on a chip built into the motherboard, enables a computer to render graphics without a video card. However, desktop computers with onboard graphics nonetheless include an available accelerated graphics port, peripheral component interconnect, or PCI express slot to which a video card can be installed. You can upgrade the computer to a dedicated card to improve graphics performance, but the operating system won't recognize the new hardware unless you've first disabled Extreme Graphics in the BIOS -- the software that controls and manages hardware inside the computer.


  • Turn on or reboot the computer. Follow the instructions on the boot screen to go to the BIOS.

  • Select the "Advanced" tab using the directional keys. Scroll down to "Chipset" and then press "Enter" to view the Advanced Chipset Settings screen.

  • Highlight "Graphics Adapter Priority" and then press "Enter." Select "AGP/Int-VGA" if a graphics card is installed to the AGP slot; select "PCI/Int-VGA" if a graphics card is installed to the PCI slot.

  • Press "Enter" to disable Intel Extreme Graphics. Select "Exit" from the tabs and then select "Exit & Save Changes."

  • Press "Enter" twice to apply your changes and restart the PC.

Award BIOS

Intel BIOS

  • Press "F2" when the Intel logo appears on-screen. Select the "Configuration" tab using the directional pad.

  • Select "Video" and then press "Enter." Highlight "Primary Video Adapter" and then press "Enter" again.

  • Choose "Ext PCIe Graphics (PEG)" if the card is installed to the PCIe slot, or "Ext PCI Graphics" if the card is installed to the PCI slot. Press "Enter."

  • Press "F10" and follow the on-screen prompts to save and quit.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you've installed an AGP card to the computer, leave "Init Display First" set to "Onboard/AGP," unless the BIOS provides a separate "AGP" option.
  • The BIOS menu and its options vary depending on the make and model of the motherboard.Consult your product's manual, for further assistance, if necessary.

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