Graphics Card check

Hello! I just recently installed Linux into my HP Laptop for my first time ever and everything is running smoothly. I want to check which graphics card the laptop is using. The laptop is equipped with its own integrated graphics card as well as a Radeon graphics card. I did some really light research online to see if I could find the answer, but nothing is specifically answering my question so I thought I’d post here.

I ran the command " inxi -Fxxxrz" and it showed that the laptop detects the intel graphics as Driver 1 and the Radeon graphics card as Driver 2. So that means it senses that there exists two graphics cards…but it doesn’t specify which one it’s using. How can I figure out which one it’s using and if it’s stuck using the integrated graphics card, how can I switch it to use the Radeon one instead?

  Kernel: 5.15.0-56-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.3.0
    Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.23 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm 4.16.1
    vt: 7 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Linux Mint 21.1 Vera
    base: Ubuntu 22.04 jammy
  Type: Laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP ENVY m6 Notebook PC
    v: 0882110000305B10000620100 serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 18A5 v: 73.50 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: Insyde v: F.27 date: 09/07/2016
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 27.9 Wh (100.0%) condition: 27.9/27.9 Wh (100.0%)
    volts: 12.6 min: 11.1 model: 13-54 MO06062 type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: Full
  Info: quad core model: Intel Core i7-3632QM bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    smt: enabled arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 cache: L1: 256 KiB L2: 1024 KiB
    L3: 6 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1219 high: 1372 min/max: 1200/3200 cores: 1: 1197
    2: 1198 3: 1197 4: 1372 5: 1197 6: 1198 7: 1197 8: 1197 bogomips: 35120
  Flags: avx ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3
  Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    driver: i915 v: kernel ports: active: LVDS-1 empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,VGA-1
    bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0166 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: AMD Thames [Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series]
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: radeon v: kernel pcie: speed: 5 GT/s
    lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:6840 class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: Suyin HP Truevision HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo
    bus-ID: 1-1.1:3 chip-ID: 064e:c33c class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: compositor: xfwm v: 4.16.1 driver:
    X: loaded: ati,modesetting,radeon unloaded: fbdev,vesa gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1366x768 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 361x203mm (14.2x8.0")
    s-diag: 414mm (16.3")
  Monitor-1: LVDS-1 model: Chi Mei Innolux res: 1366x768 hz: 60 dpi: 101
    size: 344x193mm (13.5x7.6") diag: 394mm (15.5") modes: 1366x768
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 4000 (IVB GT2)
    v: 4.2 Mesa 22.0.5 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
    chip-ID: 8086:1e20 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.0-56-generic running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.99.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: speed: 2.5 GT/s
    lanes: 1 port: 2000 bus-ID: 07:00.2 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie:
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 08:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:0887 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel Centrino Bluetooth Wireless Transceiver type: USB
    driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-1.3:4 chip-ID: 8087:07da class-ID: e001
  Report: hciconfig ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
    bt-v: 2.1 lmp-v: 4.0 sub-v: fc00 hci-v: 4.0 rev: 1ebd
  Hardware-1: Intel 82801 Mobile SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci
    v: 3.0 port: 4060 bus-ID: 00:1f.2 chip-ID: 8086:282a rev: N/A
    class-ID: 0104
  Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 41.14 GiB (8.6%)
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Lexar model: 512GB SSD size: 476.94 GiB
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 373 scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / size: 467.89 GiB used: 41.14 GiB (8.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
  ID-2: /boot/efi size: 511 MiB used: 5.2 MiB (1.0%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/sda1
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 2 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2
    file: /swapfile
  System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C mobo: 43.0 C gpu: radeon temp: 42.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Packages: 2127 apt: 2119 flatpak: 8
  No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
    1: deb vera main upstream import backport
    2: deb jammy main restricted universe multiverse
    3: deb jammy-updates main restricted universe multiverse
    4: deb jammy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    5: deb jammy-security main restricted universe multiverse
  Processes: 264 Uptime: 0m wakeups: 1 Memory: 7.66 GiB
  used: 945.5 MiB (12.1%) Init: systemd v: 249 runlevel: 5 Compilers:
  gcc: 11.3.0 alt: 11 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: xfce4-terminal
  inxi: 3.3.13

Hi Darenxo - and welcome to the Forum.

I am no expert on this (as on so many other things) but in my experience the external graphics card takes default priority.
inxi is a very useful tool, but you can get graphics information also using:


which will list all GPUs; and

lshw -C display

which will list the current one.
At least I think I’ve got that right. Have a look here for this info.

Hope that helps.