2007 iMac - Unreal/2 Game Problems

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Frommel, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Frommel macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    Has any one tried the old, but still cool game Unreal 2 or 1 on the new Alu, iMac?

    I use Windows XP with Bootcamp, and the games are just choppy but at the same time very speeding!

    Do I have to wait for new (bootcamp) drivers for the ATI 2600XT?
    or has any one else already have a solution?
    or.. is it something else?
    please help me!
    thanks in advance :)
    oh, and the game I use is the Unreal Anthology pack.
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I'm not familiar with those 2 versions however I play UT2004 which flies but only because the developer has shipped the UB update to work with the Intel based Macs. The older versions most likely will not get the update and so they will play very slow and choppy because the game is being ran under Apple's Rosetta technology.
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    I know from reading the reviews on the card that it does really well (not great but fairly good) with newer games and doesn't do so hot against older games.

    However, that being said, I decided to try something I saw in the Apple Discussions about loading the Catalyst drivers in bootcamp and WOW ZOMG (to use this generations catch phrase) my BF2142 screamed!!!

    I was really happy, no lock ups or cut outs. You can try that.

    The idea was pretty simple and I know there's instructions here on Macrumors and in Apple discussions but to paraphrase:

    While in bootcamp...
    Download the catalyst drivers 7.9 (Windows XP since that's what I'm running, unsure how the vista ones work but this works for Windows XP)
    Run the install up until the point where it says it can't install them (that's ok, we just want the installer to unpack the files)
    Then goto the device manager and click on display adapters and "update driver"
    "Not at this time" (for internet search), then "I will choose the drivers... yada yada" then click "Have disk" and point it to the C:\ATI\Support\I can't remember the rest of the path.inf
    let it do it's thing then reboot.
    You can also (if you like) install the ATI Tray Tools.

    I did that and it removed a lot of artifacts in bootcamp as well as playability was extended and hasn't locked up all night.
  4. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    The games you're trying are so old now, they might just have trouble with any graphics card from the last few years. OpenGL and Direct3D have moved on a lot.
  5. Frommel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    I tried your way but still a have the same problem!
    with is weird because if a try a other game, from the 1999 Re-Volt its working pretty nice! same with Alice..

    while Unreal Anhology is from 2006.. :)
    and Unreal Tournament is working well, as well Unreal Tournament 2004.

    oh well there is nothing more i can think of..
    thanks for your help :)
  6. Zaibatsu macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2007
    I don't know about Unreal 2, but Unreal 1 has a problem with dualcore cpus, which results in veeeeeery speedy animations, but choppy framerates. I am 100% sure, that it's related to this problem an not the hd2600.
  7. Frommel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    yup! thats exact what the problem.

    is there any patch out there for that kind of problem?
    or tweak?
  8. PCRanger macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2006
    London, UK
    If you start up the game, then control + alt + delete to the task manager, then find the game's process ie unrealtournament.exe. Then right click on it, go to set affinity, then uncheck CPU 1.
    Then you can quit task manager and go back to the game, and hopefully it'll be running ok!
    I think that should sort it, it does on my Core Duo Macbook anyway! :)
  9. Dr. Rengers macrumors member

    May 9, 2007
    The Netherlands

    Maybe a bit off topic, but can someone try the new Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Demo? I would really want to know how it runs on the new iMac.

    Dr. Rengers
  10. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    I wonder if it has a test bench built in it? Iam running the demo on a AMD4200/7600gs with 2 gigs and had to turn it down to 1024 x 768 to really get what I call good playable frames and smootheness. Pretty cool, its still UT but just faster card would be nice. Should run about the same maybe just a lil better on the imac.
  11. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    Look in the Apple Games section, I wrote a little mini review
  12. Frommel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    Hey thanks!
    That did work.. but I had to do that every time a started the game..
    I figured out that if you go to the Unreal 2 icon, right click on it, preferences/compatibility/and check windows 98/ME.
    Sinds then its working like a charm! :D
  13. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    I tried it briefly (an hour or so). Seems to run well from what I can tell. However, unless I did something wrong, the demo was buggy. It starts out with all graphics settings reduced, and it looks awful. It took a few goes of bumping up the settings before they would stick. I also couldnt get it to display the fps (Yet a friend with a normal pc could do it). But it seemed fast enough.
    Should be a good game :)

    While im here.. UT2004 is the number one app that makes my new alu iMac freeze consistently. Somewhat annoying, as its the only game I really like to play. Oddly, it does this in OS X, as well as XP. Other games play fine (I tried a couple of demos).
    UT2004 seems well known to cause these iMacs to freeze too. Heres hoping Apples forthcoming update will fix it, even if this doesnt explain why some folks can already play it fine :(
  14. NeonKingKong macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Thanks! Worked for me.

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