HL2 with Parallels on iMac.

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by pulsewidth947, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    I've got a white C2D iMac at work, that's running 10.4. I'd like to be able to install Parallels on it so I can play HL2 at work during down time. Has anyone tried to do this? I've searched but all the results seem to mention that 3D support 'is coming' in Parallels, I thought it had come out!

    I actually regretted getting a MacBook over christmas - wished I'd ponied up the extra cash for a MBP so I could have played the orange box. But I prefer my 160 GB drive in my black book!
  2. McCarron macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2006
    Can Parallels even play any 3D at acceptable speeds? It's 3D support was slim to none when I stopped using it a while ago, I use VMWare now which isn't any better at 3D rendering from what I can tell.

    You're better off with Boot Camp and playing HL2 there.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If you must run it in OS X, you should use Cross Over. People have good results even on MacBook (with integrated GPU), so iMac with GPU should run fine.

    Reason: no windows overhead, as CrossOver does not require installation of windows.
    Compatible apps are much fewer than full windows virtual machine, but it's a good trade off if you must run a windows game on OS X.
  4. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    OK I'll try that. I can't use boot camp as I have 10.4 and the beta is not available for download any more. I think I'll just stick with tetris as I don't own cross over. Oh well! Thanks for your responses guys they were helpful.
  5. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    You can give the demo a test run to see how your system handles it -


  6. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    I have parallels on my MBP CD 2Ghz and it handles games based on the Quake III engine nicely (Medal of Honor Allied Assault runs very well) but HL2 doesn't run well at all. Very low frame rate and textures are really poor. OK, so my machine is less powerful than yours but it isn't much less powerful.

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