Borderlands - Full Screen toggle?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Mozek, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Mozek macrumors newbie

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    When I play Borderlands it looks amazing on my 27" Cinema Display from Apple. Problem is, I can't toggle out of it without crashing the game.

    When playing single player offline, cmd-h seems to work fine. But when hosting in multi-player it aborts the game and either gives me black screen or sends me back to Feral where my window says I aborted the game.

    I need to be able to check emails while playing to look like I'm working! ;) Anyone know of a way to toggle back to the desktop without crashing?
     
  2. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    alt + enter = Windowed mode (not officially supported but works fine)

    Apple + Tab = Pauses the game and tabs you back into the previous application (usually the Finder)

    If you enter GameRanger while playing an online game (by hiding Borderlands for example) GameRanger will abort your game, this is GameRanger standard behaviour. A work around is to make sure you don't allow GameRanger to become the front most app when playing online.

    This is a little weird but is a deliberate design decision by GameRanger.

    Edwin
     
  3. Mozek thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Edwin,

    Thanks for the reply. The Cmd-Tab and Cmd-H both work when playing single player.

    However, I tried it a couple times when playing multi-player and they didn't work. Cmd-H gives me black screen. Cmd-tab will take me back to Finder and Game Ranger, but ends my Borderlands game and I have to "re-join" and relaunch to go back in and keep playing. It doesn't just pause like it does in single player.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  4. vanvalkinburgh macrumors newbie

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    Try keeping something else open, like your web browser. Then click cmd tab and select web browser, then your game shouldn't end. I've never tried cmd h, but cmd enter works fine, puts the game in windowed mode.
     
  5. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    As I mentioned in my last post if you command tab or command h and make the active application GameRanger (GameRAnger will be in the top left of your screen) then GR will send a kill signal to the game telling it to quit. The reason you cannot get it to work is you are still making GameRanger the focused application when leaving Borderlands. If you do that while playing an online game you will get kicked out of the game and have to rejoin.

    This is a "feature" of GameRanger. As vanvalkinburgh mentioned using the windowed mode or double tabbing so the active application is never GameRanger are both valid work arounds.

    Just to be clear this is a deliberate and designed feature of GameRanger. It does have advantages but it also means you have to be careful if you want to tab out of an active GR game. As you noted when it the game is not using GR (Single PLayer and LAN) this side effect does not occur.

    Edwin
     
  6. Mozek thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks vanvalkinburgh, makes sense.

    And thanks to you to Edwin - totally my bad - I didn't read your reply closely enough obviously. Sorry to make you repeat. I've got it down now.

    I'm totally new to Game Ranger, but so far have really liked the experience and the community. Will likely make Feral games/Game Ranger my primary port for online gaming!

    Thanks again.
     
  7. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    No worries glad you got it sorted and thanks for the kind words!

    Edwin
     
  8. vanvalkinburgh macrumors newbie

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    I'm liking Feral games too, my new MacBook has intel HD 3000 video, which isn't that great, but I can still play the game. I'm sure some companies wouldn't care about supporting the intel HD 3000 video. Also shows how good their port is, if the game can run decently without them releasing a patch. There's still some problems, but either apple and/or Feral will fix them, if they can.
     

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