How do I run a Microsoft Games game on my Mac

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  1. Ryanwynn macrumors newbie

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    I recently bought Fallout 3 for the computer. It says that it is a "Games for Windows" game but I need to run it on my Mac (specs are in my signature). I have the newest version of VMware Windows XP and when I put the game in it automatically opens it up. When I try to play the game it works for the menu but the screen goes black when I click start and after a few seconds it goes back to the desktop. I have not done anything with boot camp assistant if that is important. Anyone have any advice?:confused:
     
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    VMWare Fusion might not be able to play that game, as it might need the proper graphic card support only available in a native Windows environment, which you can get by using Boot Camp and installing Windows.

    Also have a look at the settings of your virtual machine if 3D acceleration is enabled.
     
  3. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    More explanation?

    Thanks for the help but I kind of need u to dumb it down for me. I dont know how to look at the settings of my virtual machine, I dont even know what that means. Can u please tell me what I have to do.
     
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    Have a look at this guide: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-1110

    I currently don't have VMWare Fusion installed.

    You need to select your Windows virtual machine (VM) and get to the settings, via right click or look into the Menu Bar options.

    They look like this:
    [​IMG]

    There you select Display and look if 3D acceleration is enabled.
     
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    The game has the following requirements:

    Minimum System Requirements:

    Windows XP/Vista
    1GB system RAM (XP)/ 2GB system RAM (Vista)
    2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
    Direct X 9.0c-compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better)
    Recommended System Requirements:

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    2GB system RAM
    Direct X 9.0c-compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)

    Depending on what MBP 2.53GHz you have, there was one with the 9600M form 10/2008 to 6/2009, and the current one from 6/2009 til today only has the 9400M, you might not be able to play the game after all.

    If you have the one with the 9600M you have to install Windows via Boot Camp, here is a guide:
    http://guides.macrumors.com/A_Beginner's_Guide_to_Running_Windows_on_a_Mac
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461
     
  7. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    F**K I have the 9400
    is there anything I can do still?
    Can I make the graphics of the game lower or do something to the settings to make it work?
     
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    you can make it work in BootCamp, however the acceleration offered by Vmware is much to anemic to support a 3D-intensive title like that.
     
  9. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what does that mean?
     
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    from http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=6554177&postcount=131
    via http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=fallout+3+9400m&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8


    So that does mean you need to install Windows via Boot Camp.
    http://guides.macrumors.com/A_Beginner's_Guide_to_Running_Windows_on_a_Mac
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461
     
  11. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure you dont have a 9600? You realize that some 15 inch MBPs have both 9400 and 9600. Either way, you need to run windows NATIVELY, not VIRTUALLY. I really dont know how to make this simple, look at it this way, when you turn on your computer, Mac OSX comes up, you need to make it so that when you turn on your computer, Windows XP comes up. You can do this by installing XP via bootcamp, which a quick google search will show you how to do. Understand?
     
  12. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks, i understand
    only 1 prob
    how do i switch between OS X and Windows
    I dont want XP or 7 on my Mac permanently
     
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    Only the 2.53GHz MBP from 10/2008 to 6/2009 had the 9600M, the 1.53GHz MBP from 6/2009 til now only has the 9400M.

    But I think I know where you are getting at.

    OP, look into System Preferences > Energy Saver and see if you can have the following options there:
    Better Battery Life
    Higher Performance
    [​IMG]
    If you have those, you also have a 9600M graphics card, but you still need to install Windows via Boot Camp.


    By restarting the MBP, holding down the Option/Alt key and selecting Windows or Mac OS X.
    Or in Mac OS X you go to System Preferences > Startup Disk and select Windows and click Restart.
    Or in Windows you go to the Boot Camp icon in the system tray (where all the icons in a Windows task bar are) and select to restart your Mac using Mac OS X

    from http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...&postcount=131 - the thread the quote was taken from, thus the word "from"
    via http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 - the Google search, that has me brought to the thread I quoted from, thus the "via"

    http://guides.macrumors.com/A_Beginner's_Guide_to_Running_Windows_on_a_Mac - A beginner's guide to running Windows on a Mac
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461 - the knowledge base from Apple on how to install Windows
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  14. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have that except for the power failure thing
    it doesnt matter
    i checked and I know I have the 9400
     
  15. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    well the important part is the graphics option at the top. Where it gives the option for increased performance/battery life.

    But again as said above you still need to install windows via bootcamp.
     
  16. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, just install Windows on bootcamp.

    Game wouldn't run as good as it can on VM anyways.
     
  17. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Theonly problem I have is that I dont want Windows instead of OS X
    Is that what is gonna happen?
     
  18. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    No silly :D

    The bootcamp assistant will allow you to partition your hard drive. So you will be able to choose whether you want OSX OR Windows at start up, you will just have to reboot to switch.
     
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    You can multi quote via the [​IMG] button and edit your posts via the [​IMG], both at the bottom right of a post, except the [​IMG] button of course.

    And as ARF900 said, the options at the top
    Better Battery Life
    Higher Performance
    are important. If you have those, you also have the 9600M.

    I don't know how much knowledge you have about Mac OS X, but have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/ - text
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/ - videos
    http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/ - text
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343 - keyboard shortcuts


    Please check the links I provided, especially http://guides.macrumors.com/A_Beginner's_Guide_to_Running_Windows_on_a_Mac, as that will resolve some confusion of yours.
     
  20. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    Yes read that last link if you take the time to read it it will make your life a lot easier in the long run.
     
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  22. Ryanwynn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What r u talking about?
     
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    Nooooooooooooo, now you have opened another can of those delicious worms.

    Wine is a tranlator to play and run Windows applications in Mac OS X.

    http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX
     
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