Crash Crash Crash - Unibody (Fallout 3)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by akm3, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Playing Fallout 3 under Boot Camp / Win XP ? Nope. Guaranteed crash.

    So far, I've tried using SMC Fan control to keep the fan speed at maximum - this helps for awhile. I've installed all the Apple updates and patches.

    Next step I suppose is upgrading to non-Apple Nvidia drivers and perhaps underclocking the already underclocked 9600GT.

    Anyone have any solutions?
  2. Blaine macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2007
    Abilene TX
    Please keep this thread updated. I would also call apple and see if they offer to replace the machine.
  3. Lyshen macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    I'd definitely recommend upgrading the Nvidia video drivers. If anything you should see a performance increase and hopefully more stability.

    When I installed XP or Vista (swapped back and forth), one of the first things I did after installing Bootcamp drivers was upgrading the video drivers.

    I'm using MBP but not the unibody version, with XP32 or Vista32/64 & Fallout3 works flawlessly.

    Just in case you need to know where to get the drivers, check out:
    Laptop Video 2 Go

    Besides that, I have been reading about the MBP unibody having issues with games where they eventually crash the laptop due to overheating.
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    I feel sorry for you, I dont have any problem what so ever playing Fallout 3 on my 15" MBP, which version do you have the 256 or the 512?

    Fallout 3's the best game ever :p .... after Halo.

    Oh it may help to know im using 64bit XP and not the ancient relic of a 32bit.
  5. NS31 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2008
    I know this post is not really dedicated to my question, but I' about buying a Titan 256 SSD for my early 08 2,4 Penryn MBP. Isaw you've got one so I couldn't help myself asking you a few questions. If its ok with you, could you tell me the results of such disk using Xbench? are you happy with this SSD?
    Thank you very much for your advice & remarks.
  6. SoybeanStasher macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2008
    The game is pretty crash-prone anyway, but it shouldn't crash constantly (although it was constant for me during the outdoor scenes of Tranquility Lane; I rushed through it and quicksaved constantly). I've logged dozens of hours on my MBP with few issues.
  7. Skemo macrumors newbie


    Feb 22, 2007
    What kind of crash? My MBP was crashing to the point where the screen would go black but it would still be "on" anytime I stressed the video card. Apple ended up replacing my logic board.
  8. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Yes, I'm having the crashes due to over heating with a stressed video card. The sound will futz up and the screen will go black but the computer is still 'on'. It requires a hard reboot to start over.

    I called Apple and they said they they don't support games in Boot Camp, but if I could replicate it in OS X *maybe* they could help.

    I don't have an Apple Store within 5 hours of me.
  9. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I need your help; Apple won't work with me on fixing the 9600GT issue because it is only appearing under Windows XP/Boot Camp. I don't have any OS X games to use to cause the black screen of death. Can anyone recommend a very graphically intense OS X game, that is very inexpensive, that I can use to recreate the issue so that Apple will at least let me move further towards them not fixing it?
  10. PeterQC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    CoD 4?
  11. P90Xfit macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    You guys think Empire: TOTAL war will work ok? I cant wait for it to come out!!
  12. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    I wonder if re-creating it in crossover would be considered Mac OS X to them? You can't run fallout 3, but there are some graphically intense games supported you could try to recreate it with.
  13. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I run Boot Camp w/ XP with sp3 and it runs Fallout 3 perfectly. I highly recommend you turn off this feature on the gpu where it uses multi-gpu-cores, I read that creates a lot of problems for games in general.
  14. Nik73 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2006
    I had the same issue with playing games under Bootcamp. My MBP was only a week old.
    I phone Apple and they couldn't have been more helpful. The guy went through some stuff and said it sounded like a faulty 9600. He gave me a lot of options but recommended a replacement. This arrived in a couple of days and *crosses fingers* has worked faultlessly so far when gaming in windows. I played LOTRO for about 4hrs straight last night with everything on full and the MBP got hot but never above 70C. Also the fans kicked in and out when needed without using SMC fan control.

    I'd push for a replacement bud. The guy I spoke to didn't push about it happening on Windows as it was happening on more than one game. Maybe I got lucky.
  15. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Not familiar with this feature, how do I disable it?

    I'll give Apple another call, maybe I'll get a more helpful person.
  16. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Aha! Major progress.

    I downloaded the Nvidia System Tools 6.02 which allow you to overclock (or underclock) your card.

    I set it to the slowest it can possibly go, and voila no crashes. I was able to up the resolution and settings to ultra high and didn't even think about crashing.

    This was after I could consistently crash the thing in less than 10 seconds.

    Of course, being underclocked as slow as possible really hurt the frame rates. So, I will experiment will slowly cranking up the clock until it fails again.

    This may be the solution, but what a PITA.

  17. smacman macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2006
    You paid a lot of money for a system that clearly has an overheating / malfunctioning GPU. Be stern with Apple and don't settle for anything but repair or replacement.
  18. freejack macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I went through two mbp's that exhibited this behavior. At first I noticed it in bootcamp but since I figured they'll just blame it on windows, I found a free game called Nexuiz for mac that should crash the machine to a black screen nicely.

    Give it a shot if they need proof. COD4 should do the trick also.
  19. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Unibody 512MB 2.53, no crash here...ever...unless I cheat-increase the run modifier and start running around outside.
  20. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Thank you, I'll try that game. A freeware OS X crash candidate is exactly what I'm looking for

  21. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Gahhhhhh it gets super hot under that game, but hasn't crashed /rollseyes
  22. Nik73 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2006
    Probably a daft question, but have you got the 9600 enabled when using OS X? As far as I know Bootcamp will always use it but OS X will default to the 9400 until it's selected.

    Sorry if that sounds patronising, just thought I'd mention it, just in case. :)
  23. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Funny you mention that, I *just* noticed that and rushed here to post that I had forgot to turn the 9600 on under OS X, but see you've beat me to this suggestion.

    No, I forgot that.

    That said, I'm pretty happy with how the 9400 performed under that game =D I'm going to turn the 9600 on and have another go at wiping this puppy out.

Share This Page