Games are weird in Windows XP SP3 on Vmware 2.0

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by grimreaper1377, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. grimreaper1377 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2007

    I recently installed windows pro sp3 on my mac with vmware fusion 2.0 I installed halo demo, but it seems really laggy and the graphics don't work properly. Here are some screenshots:


    Thanks in advance
  2. cg165 macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    Simple, run it in bootcamp. You won't get anywhere near the performance running in virtual as you will running it natively through bootcamp. Restart into Windows and you'll have no problem (or less than you are at least heh)
  3. grimreaper1377 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2007
    cg165, I was hoping I wouldn't have to end up going to boot camp. Is parallels any faster? Ideally, I would like to try and avoid boot camp since restarting is such a pain.
  4. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    While I'm amazed at some of the games I got working in Fusion, it is not for playing games. Truthfully you need to bootcamp to have the best experience playing a game on a Mac. That said, I use Crossover Games and Fusion for several games that happen to work that way. Crossover Games lets me run Civ 4, Dawn of War, Star Wars Empire at War and Forces of Corruption (I already had the PC version of the former, and there's no Mac version of the latter). I can play MOO2 in DOSBox. I can play Battle for Middle Earth 2 in Fusion (with medium graphics settings for decent frame rate). Sins of a Solar Empire seems to work in Fusion, too, as does Galactic Civilization 2.

    However, if I'm going to play Mass Effect or Fallout 3, I have no choice but to bootcamp to XP to do so.

    Seriously, if you can't get a game to work from Mac OS, you just have to deal with the restart. It is either that or buy a separate game system (console or PC) and have the best of both.
  5. grimreaper1377 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2007
    I knew that the performance was bad, but this is unusable. Any other ideas?
  6. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Yes, suck it up and use Boot Camp. Running Windows (XP, Vista, 7, anything) in virtual machine (VMWare, Parallels, whatever) is TERRIBLE for gaming (awesome for productivity though). All it takes is a restart and you get native performance from your machine.

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