Mac mini video accelerator

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nemesis0, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. nemesis0 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    Hey everyone! I just got a Mac Mini 1.66 GHZ intel core DUO that i use for alot of music stuff (i hav a $6000 recording studio in my bedroom) Anyways, I got a copy of "The lord of the rings Battle for Middle Earth II" and so i was planning on setting 20 gbs of my hard drive aside to use bootcamp and throw windows on it so i can play it. The game itself works fine on my moms laptop which has the intek GMA 900, but the graphics have to all be set to LOW!!!

    I know the mac mini has the Intel GMA 950 with 64MB shared memory. Now I know with my PC i can open the BIOS and pump 256 mb into it, but how would i go about doing that on my mac??? I just wanna be able to put some of the settings up and run it nice (i have 1gb ram and the game only requires 256)... Does the 950 support hardware T&L or Shaders??? Im not fimilliar with that GPU.
  2. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD

    Windows will automatically allocate up to 224MB of RAM for the integrated video. OS X will not go beyond 64MB.
  3. nemesis0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    So i dont have to do anything?!? it will do it automatically??? will i be able to run games with higher settings? and does the 950 support T&L or shaders (although i dont think so, it might)
  4. nemesis0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    Ok wait... ive figured almost everything out... just... will windows automatically give 224 mb ram to video? or do i have to set something (cuz here i do it in the bios... but elsewhere?
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6

    Sadly, the graphics are as good as they are going to get on your Mac Mini. :eek:
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    It's automatic as long as you properly install the Bootcamp drivers like the instructions say. You couldn't get to the BIOS even if you wanted to (there IS no BIOS--it's EFI, with a sort of hack to get Windows to boot on it), but thankfully you don't have to. Just install it and go. There are some adjustments you can make from the control panel for it in Windows, but the RAM is handled automatically.

    And I THINK the 950 supports programmable shaders and such, but it's still a weak chip for gaming. It'll perform somewhat better than the GMA 900, but don't get your hopes up.
  7. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    gma 950 supports T&L in software which the cpu handles, and shader model 2 in hardware.
  8. nemesis0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    Allright thanx everyone! Im getting a pc for gaming, but as of right now since i have an audio studio up in my room im using my mac. Haha ill just play with what i can until i get my pc. Thanks :)

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