Hosting Parsec on a Laptop With Multiple Graphics Cards

This shows how to tweak Parsec or the game to use your integrated GPU on laptops. This is required on desktop sharing to fix error 14003. On Arcade this is only needed if your dedicated GPU isn't supported, to fix error 15000. Note that your integrated GPU must be supported, so check the list of supported GPUs beforehand.

NVIDIA control panel (If you have an NVIDIA graphics card)
  • Right click the desktop of your laptop and select NVIDIA Control Panel

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  • Select Manage 3D Settings and keep Preferred graphics processor as Auto-Select.

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  • Select Program Settings and click Add to add a new program

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  • Select the correct program based on where you're hosting. If you don't find it in the list, manually find it clicking Browse...

    • Desktop sharing: Select Parsec (Manual path is C:/Program Files/Parsec/parsecd.exe)
    • Arcade: Select the game you want to host

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  • Click Add Selected Program

  • Change the preferred graphics processor to Integrated graphics
  • Click Apply

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  • Lastly, restart the computer to ensure these settings are properly applied

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If at any point you cannot proceed through the instructions because of the message below, try through Windows' own settings as told in the message. There's a section in the bottom of this article that goes through the steps.

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AMD control panel (If you have an AMD graphics card)

AMD has recently stopped providing an option of its own to switch the graphics processor. You may want to use Windows 10's graphics settings, for which there's a guide at the bottom of this article.

You must set a program to power saving on AMD's control panel, then restart the computer.

  • Hosting on desktop sharing: Set Parsec to power saving
  • Hosting on Arcade: Set the game you will host to power saving

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Windows 10 graphics settings
Do this only for AMD cards, or if you're given an explicit warning by the NVIDIA control panel shown in the image below.
 

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  • Open the Settings app
  • Go to System > Display
  • In "Multiple displays", open Graphics settings
  • In "Graphics performance preference", select Desktop app
  • Click Browse and select the correct program depending on where you're hosting
    • Desktop sharing: Select Parsec (Manual path is C:/Program Files/Parsec/parsecd.exe)
    • Arcade: Select the game you want to host
  • Change to Power Saving
  • Click Save
  • Restart your computer to ensure these settings are applied