I want to force the GPU on my 2011 MacBook Pro 15 (A1286) to remain on the integrated GPU while I run VMWare Fusion 5.x.
The gfxCardStatus software doesn't work on 10.8. Is there another solution?
With OS X 10.8 gfxCardStatus is no longer capable of enforcing Integrated Graphics card only.
When one uses VMWare Fusion, the discrete graphics card is enforced, which drains the battery too fast.
I have not found any solution online to fix this. But I managed (thanks to PePe) to discover one.
How to use Integrated Graphics Card with VMware Fusion on OS X 10.8:
I confirm the latest version of Krieger's gfxCardStatus won't compile on 10.6.8. The compilation fails with hundreds of errors. He must have added some 10.7+ only features.
I picked a random, earlier version from his github, and it could compile on Xcode and seems to work without problems.
Download 1.8.1 from:
Older versions allowed you to switch to Integreated only (gfxCardStatus) its when you have an updated version you wont be allowed.
And this i bacause (as the creator stated) that it will not always shut down the dedicated gfx anyhow. And it can mess up and hang the VM (yes i happend). Also it can make it start with "black" -screen. (fixed by restarting).