Shutting down graphics card


I have a lenovo y560 with opensuse 11.4 installed on it.
My graphics card gets really hot in opensuse, so I am trying to shut it down permanently as I dont need it.
I added radeon.modeset=0 to grub and even though the module is not getting loaded, the graphics card is still powered on.
This is my lspci

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Madison [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series] [1002:68c0] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

Is there any way to power it off?

Thanks in advance.

What are you going to use instead?

I would be using the Integrated Intel GPU present instead. I have set radeon.modeset=0 in the kernel boot parameter. So I presume that I am already using the intel. But the ATI is still consuming power and eating up my battery.

I don’t know if it’s possible for it not to consume anything at all, as long as it is plugged in.