How to UPDATE nVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT DRIVER ON MAC !!!!

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  1. tomxe36 macrumors newbie

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    So I bought my macbook pro about a year ago, and ever since I have never update my graphic/video card. I need to update it because I am trying to play this game (Left4Dead) and It says that I should update it and I have tried playing the game without updating but when I get to the Main Menu it is blank. :( So I went to nvidia's website and I could not find an update for GeForce 8600M GT for mac. HELP ME PLEASE!
     
  2. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    Err...you ran Software Update from the Apple Menu, right?
     
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  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Since Left4Dead is Windows only… just pick the latest one from this site:
    http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/drivers

    And then install it. Just be sure to download the INF enhancer or it won't install.
     
  5. tomxe36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Whats the INF enhancer and is it easy to install ?
     
  6. tomxe36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes i did but no graphic card update
     
  7. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    Just to be sure you've got this right.

    Are you trying to play a game on Windows or on MacOS?

    If you're playing it on Windows, then you need to download the Windows driver for the 8600M GT from nVidia - NOT the Mac version.

    If you're using MacOS to play the game, then driver updates are included with the OS Updates - they're not necessarily mentioned anywhere, but they are there.
     
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  9. eXan macrumors 601

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    Then it wont work.
     
  10. tomxe36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    like i can open the game , the intro movie plays , i get to the main menu its fine but the text is not there i just see the background and music
     
  11. eXan macrumors 601

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    You either open it with Crossover or its a ciderized version. None of these methods are 100% guaranteed to run and/or to run well.
     
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  13. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    I played that game a ton when it came out in boot camp. You do need to get the laptop to go drivers. Read the instructions to installing the mobile INF to the drivers and you'll have no problem running that game.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    There is no cider version of L4D unless it's cracked… then well it's kind of pointless since you can't play online. If it's not cracked and you're in Windows, download the drivers. It will ask for the extract location. Choose your desktop. Then download the INF enhancer. Don't rename it or anything. Then move the INF file into the extracted folder on your desktop. It will ask if you want to replace or not… yes replace it. Then open the folder, and run the setup.exe

    Depending on the version of Windows your running, it may tell you the driver isn't signed. Ignore it and just continue. After installation be sure to restart your computer.
     
  15. tomxe36 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the thing is im not running windows. im on macosx and im just running crossover to run the game. but when i get to the main menu of the game i cant see any text or writing :[
     
  16. ayeying macrumors 601

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    It doesn't work that well under crossover. You're better off using boot camp.
     
  17. jeffspc88mx macrumors newbie

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    Agree. I have a few windows games and NONE of them work under Fusion. Launch windows natively under bootcamp and you should be fine. Once you're in windows, go back to the nVidia website and get the driver for your version of windows and install it while running windows.

    Macs are good gaming computers....except there just aren't many games for it. It's pretty much all I use windows for is to run games. (sigh).
     
  18. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    I love people who only give 10% of the information, and it takes 3 days of detective work to figure out what the actual problem is. :rolleyes:
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Oh Left4Dead doesn't run in CrossOver. I've tried that already.
     
  20. eXan macrumors 601

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    Agreed 100%.
     
  21. palebluedot macrumors 6502a

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    I believe Left 4 Dead and L4D2 now run in Crossover. (I'm an Advocate and I get e-mails from them but I actually don't use Crossover or have it installed). They said they just released (in beta) the "Zombie Mallard" version of Crossover Games so if you wait about a month there should be a Crossover Games version out that will let you play L4D in OS X well.

    Until then Bootcamp it (Windows XP). And to answer your specific question, you can not "upgrade" the graphics card drivers in OS X. They are automatically upgraded by OS X Software Update (and on top of that the drivers in OS X are awful and are rarely updated).

    You are getting that message because Crossover emulates Windows and Steam (not knowing your emulating Windows on OS X) thinks your drivers are out of date because something looks weird to the Steam program. Ignore the message as it's unimportant and is just indicative that you are using emulation.
     

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