Yes. In AMD Catalyst or Crimson software you should be able to select which is the default and/or create a global profile to use the AMD card.
Also, it sounds like it is trying to use intels GPU that is included on the CPU. You can disable the integrated GPU in the BIOS so it doesn't try to use it in the future for other items. I'd do that first.
You go into AMD Crimson and set each application you want to use high performance mode etc.... and others should use low by default.
Normally when the laptop is doing lightweight tasks it will use the integrated gpu as it will save power. When you do things that require gpu power like gaming, it should switch to the discrete gpu automatically. Is this happening in games or for simple things like browser?