EVE Online on an old Macbook?

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  1. 7254278 macrumors 68020

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    Hey Guys,

    I got a little bored of WoW so I figured Id give EVE Online a try. Here is my question. I have an old macbook 2.16ghz with 3GB of ram and the intel GMA 950. I know the GMA 950 is a terrible gaming card but I still managed to run WoW at low-mid settings and get 15-30 FPS depending on where and what my character was doing. I wanted to know will EVE run on the lowest settings at all? Not expecting it to be perfectly smooth but is it playable? How about if I installed it through bootcamp? (would rather not, I try and use windows as little as possible).

    Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Patmian


    PS: I tried Vendetta Online for mac (I love space sims, was addicted to EV Nova and Freelancer for years) and it seems like a cool little game but the player-base is sooooooo small its not worth playing. Such a shame. . .
     
  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I have no experience with Eve Online, but I would be doubtful. Integrated graphics is the weak link. This EO page says you need a min of: Video: ATI X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or higher with 128 MB of Video RAM.

    There was a point where the MacBooks were upgraded to support Shaders 2. I don't remember if the 950 is before or after, but that could be a factor.

    Maybe someone who is actually playing or tried to play EO on a similar MB will report in.
     
  3. SingaporeStu macrumors regular

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    If you check the EVE forums, you'll know that intel GMA950 + Mac OS X = assured trouble playing EVE in Mac OS.

    If you must, Boot Camp into Windows & play the Windows version. It's much more stable.

    I'm playing on an early-2009 MacBook (White) with C2D 2.0GHz + 9400m & 4GB RAM. In OS X it's playable most of the time, but Boot Camp into Windows just to play EVE (or any other GPU intensive game) seems more stable.
     
  4. 7254278 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Decided to bite the bullet and just give it a try on a trial account. Ill post how it runs in OS X and Windows XP. . . I hope its at least playable on min settings. . . Gonna be awhile, the download is taking forever. . .
     
  5. 7254278 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok in OS X I barely get 10 FPS on the LOG IN SCREEN! The game is 100% unplayable with the GMA 950 in OS X. . . Ill post the Windows XP results tomorrow. I suspect it will run ok due to the lower minimum hardware requirements.
     
  6. 7254278 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Windows Update. . .

    Just downloaded the client(I read a lite client was available but I couldnt find it) and with everything on low during the tutorial I get 15-20 FPS and while warping 5-9 FPS so its kind of playable. . . So I am gonna try it out and see if I like it.

    Does anyone know if there are any new GMA 950 drivers or something that might boost performance?
     
  7. savvos macrumors regular

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    Intel posts new drivers on their website. I've updated drivers for my X3100, but they mostly seem to be increasing stability or compatibility, not improving speed. Good luck!
     
  8. SingaporeStu macrumors regular

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    Patmain,

    As advised here in & EVE forums, your best bet is to bootcamp into Windows & play from there. You might wanna check out Apple's latest Bootcamp drivers (if you haven't already installed it), or find something from nvidia directly (for Windows, of course).

    If I were you, I'd sell off that old Macbook & trade-up to a newer 1 with at least the 320m. Even the Whites have them. IMO, they're a good buy if you already like white and don't need firewire.

    Personally, I waited until they put the 9400m on the MacBook White before I bought it, just with an eye to playing EVE on it. Before that, I was using an iBook G4 for other stuff, and it worked just fine.

    Either way, welcome to EVE, and good luck.
     

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