Optimizing my MBP's graphics in windows

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  1. Cushdaddy macrumors newbie

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    I currently own a Macbook pro with the dual core 2.0 ghz processor, the upgraded graphics card (256), the 7200 rpm hard drive, and (originally) 1 gig of RAM. I do a lot of 3D animation/ video editing on the OS X side but still wanted to be able to game if need be through a boot camp partition. Recently, I installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 and updated all of my drivers. I loaded several games and was extremely disappointed. I figured that the problem was my RAM so I ordered another Gig but game performance did not increase at all. For all intents and purposes, it remained the same. The graphics, essentially, look like crap.

    I installed F.E.A.R expecting it to look fairly nice (not a top of the line machine but not bad) but everything looked grainy and washed out. My frame rate was also struggling. Is there anything I can do to optimize performance on my machine? Is there anything anyone would recommend? I figure problem has to be in setup or drivers and not in the machine. Its not a laptop designed for gaming but it has a good bit of power and should be able to do a decent job?
    Thanks for any help and thanks for reading my post.
     
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  3. macman2790 macrumors 6502a

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    download ati tool and overclock the graphics card to a safe setting. I don't know how fast is too fast for the core duo mbp because of heat issues.
     
  4. wyrmintheapple macrumors regular

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    Ram only ever helps If Ram was the problem in the first place. Why do companies just suggest "Add more Ram" as a standard answer to all speed issues. Why don't users bother questioning this? What ever made you think more Ram would help your games get prettier??

    That said, you should be getting quite good performance from F.E.A.R. I'm running a 128Mb GeForce 6600GT, with a Sempron 2600+ and a gig of old PC2700 Ram. Speed is good, and it looks quite acceptable too.

    Driver may be an issue, you may need to update them, sometimes you get more speed, rarely, but often they fix bugs that make games look ugly.
     

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