Skyrim Does Not Detect Dedicated GPU

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On the Skyrim launcher, under the 'graphics adapter' section of the options menu, only my integrated graphics show up (NVIDIA Geforce 8800 GS). I have a GT 555m on my computer with the most recent drivers, and it does not appear as a usable alternative in the drop down menu. The game runs at about 5 FPS on low settings with native res, and after investigating issue with MSI afterburner, the GPU usage will remain at 0% when Skyrim is running. As a control, I ran BF3, and the usage jumped up to around 90%-100%, showing that the GPU actually works.
After looking around for a fix, the two solutions I've found (and they haven't helped, in my case):
1. In the NVIDIA control panel, set TESV.exe to use the GPU, as opposed to what the program specifies - resulted in no change.
2. Right click the executable file, and select 'run with graphics processor -> High performance NVIDIA GPU'
I'm running an alienware 14x laptop.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
 

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Power management is set to "High Performance".
Kind of wary of disabling the integrated graphics, but if nothing else works I guess I'll be forced to try it.
No, my computer is not using Nvidia Optimus.