Graphics performance in VMware Fusion 2.0

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Molopo, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Molopo macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    Is there any way to get the graphics performance I get when booting into windows on my Macbook Alu 2.0ghz that I get with VMware? I hate having to boot up windows every time I want to play some TF2. Because of that, I usually just stay in windows, even though I prefer OS X far more and do most of my downloading/multimedia in it. I'm VM'ing windows XP pro SP3, and i've tried setting 1GB + memory to it, but it didn't make any difference. Whenever I try running games inside the virtual machine, framerate is cut down to a third, and the games I play warn me beforehand that my graphics card does not meet the requirements of the game, but that I can proceed anyway.

    Thanks for the attention you've given my post.
  2. lee.anderson macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2006
    VMware Fusion is a virtualization application. It has to virtualize everything, so from what I know, I don't think you would be able to achieve native performance from your graphics card without natively running windows. Parallels and Fusion aren't meant for heavy use like games etc... you will need boot camp for that.
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Agreed, for gaming you need to use bootcamp to properly install Windows on your mac, its easy to use (in my opinion its easier than VMware) and its also faster and allows games to run better and free. Use 32bit XP.

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