Hi, Ive actually been through this all before (setting up the graphics that is) DOH!
I recently re-installed condor due to a corrupted scenery (one Im building - rather inexpertly, but its coming together) and updated my NVidia driver so lost all the settings.
The thing to do - and this for all you out there using laptops - is to first make your NVidia (or whatever) graphics card the default card, you can do this in the Nvidia control panel or through the main Control Panel. The condor Set Up screen will still show Intel as the graphics processor but just ignore it.
Then, you don't need to go into BIOS (which is a bit beyond GUI types like me) use the NVidia control panel to set things up specific to Condor itself:
Go to: Mange 3D settings / Programme settings, add Condor to the list as it wont show if you have it correctly installed outside of the main Programmes folder.
change 'Antialiasing mode' to 'application controlled'.
change 'Power management mode' to 'Prefer consistent performance'.
change 'Texture filtering quality' to 'Performance'
lastly turn 'Vertical sync' on, set to 'Use 3D application setting'
The most important setting above is the 'Prefer consistent performance' one - this keeps the clock speed in check and stops it from overheating (which is what makes it freeze up - to recover and cool). Thermal is correct in that regard - not arrogant!
With my settings as above Condor goes from freezing every ten seconds to running cleanly - I still only get about 85-90 FPS and occasionally there is a very brief pause with FPS dropping off but no freezing at all. I only experience this (insignificant) pause when circling or going really fast and using the high hat a lot simultaneously.
In conclusion I'd have to say that its our equipment that's lacking and nothing really to do with Condor itself! Laptops simply aren't really designed for running Gaming software.