I'm so disappointed... :( (games do not work well)

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  1. iGOOGLE macrumors member

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    I'm wondering why all games do not work well on my mac in my signature??????????

    I planned to install GTA IV on mine after I made sure it would work. because I've seen many videos on YouTube about GTA IV on MacBook Pro 13" and they were very perfect.

    But after I installed GTA San Andreas I have been so disappointed because it is very slow. So how if I installed GTA IV ?? maybe it wouldn't work :(
    And I have many games do not work well


    BTW I use Win XP Pro(40GB) via VMware
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    Well there's your problem. First, you're splitting CPU cycles between OS X and WinXP. Second, you're limiting the amount of RAM that the WinXP instance can access, further slowing things by forcing XP to use virtual memory (that is, "pretend" RAM that is actually disk space, much slower than real RAM).

    Install WinXP in Boot Camp and it'll be a different story. Meanwhile you can try increasing the virtual machine's RAM allocation; that might help, but a virtual machine instance can never be as fast as a native boot, which is what you get when you boot XP in Boot Camp.
     
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  5. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Nope, you need Bootcamp, so that your notebook boots up as a Windows PC. You're taking a massive performance hit when running Windows under VMWare.

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    Here's info on setting it up. It will basically create a Window's partition, which you'll be able to boot into;
    http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/
     
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Yes you can also run it as a virtual machine... but for playing games, you don't want to do this, you want to boot bootcamp directly.
     
  7. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    When did they add this feature? :eek: I'd rather not have to buy VMWare or Parallels, of course I don't want to buy another copy of Windows, since XP 64 isn't supported. :eek:
     
  8. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    You can run your Bootcamp partition as a VM in Parallels or VMware.
     
  9. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Ahh, I misunderstood what was written earlier. I thought that Apple introduced their own app to do so.
     
  10. Dagless macrumors Core

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    You can't run GTAIV on a 13" Macbook under Bootcamp, let alone under something that hinders performance like VMWare.
    Don't trust youtube videos. I saw one a while ago that was just playing some rendered video of GTAIV on it. Ridiculous. Again. I don't know why people believe stuff like that.

    Install Bootcamp. Download Steam. Buy anything that uses Unreal Engine 3, Source and Crysis. The latter you'd have to play on lowest settings.
     
  11. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    Your MBP has an integrated video card. Fraid it's not going to perform very well with 3D games, regardless of how you set up Windows.
     
  12. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    You really shouldve done research before you bought the computer. Bootcamp will help you, but even still, the MBP is not a gaming machine, gaming is not good on laptops in general, ive known a lot of people who have ruined their GPUs playing games on a laptop with a mobile graphic card, those cards arent meant to take that kind of abuse.
     
  13. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    San Andreas should run fine on a MBP. It's no Crysis in terms of graphics, and it was made at a time when Rockstar still cared about optimizing its games for PC (unlike GTA IV which requires NASA hardware to run well). Just do Boot Camp and forget virtual machines for gaming.
     
  14. JackAxe macrumors 68000

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    Are you saying NASA is using low-end desktop PCs El Cabong? :p

    The 9400m in his MBPro is a decent GPU, it will at least run SOURCE games at his MBPro's native rez. This guy is happy.

    Something to consider is heat management. That's what will kill your portable. If you touch the upper left area above the keyboard and it's burning to the touch, invest in a notebook cooler. Also check the heat of your AC adapter. I know that on my 17" MBPro aluminum and this unibody, that it would get dam hot when doing heavy work -- just blowing a little fan on it makes a difference, something like this, which is what I bought.
     
  15. jakeguy99 macrumors regular

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    The author stated it is a *MAC BOOK PRO* not a mac book. his computer will run the game perfectly under boot camp and windows XP or vista. he just has to install that now and he will be set.
     
  16. reberto macrumors 65816

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    VMware has horrible 3D support, Parallels isn't all that much better. You'd be better off just using Boot Camp and installing XP or 7
     
  17. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Not exactly. It wont run unoptimised games like GTAIV and Crysis very well but everything is fine. Bioshock, UT3, Left4Dead 2, Fallout 3 etc all run perfectly on my 9400M Macbook.
     
  18. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    As others have clearly stated. You should not attempt to play 3D games using anything other than a top of the line macpro and massive GPU if you expect to see anything 'near' playable if at all.

    The main driving force of any game is GPU. An emulated GPU is not the same thng as the real mccoy.

    Bootcamp is the only real option. Unless of course there was a mac version of the game.
     
  19. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    Even when there is a Mac version, usually Bootcamp is the better option ;)
     
  20. reberto macrumors 65816

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    It's always the better option. The Sims 3 in OS X on my sisters black Macbook (2.0ghz Core 2 + GMA950 + 2GB ram) is unplayable at native resolution, but run it in Windows and she can crank the settings up to medium at native resolution without taking a major performance hit
     
  21. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    It's not always the better option, Blizzard games are great in OS X. And Sims 3 runs like crap because it is a horrible Cider port.
     
  22. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Plays fine in MacBook Pro with a dedicated video card.
     
  23. reberto macrumors 65816

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    They will still run better in Windows :eek:
     
  24. masterofbuckets macrumors regular

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    Maybe its because GMA 950 is not officially supported on the Mac version ?

    http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq
     
  25. reberto macrumors 65816

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    It's not supported under the Windows version either ;) The Sims 2 was exactly the same and it supported it. Crap under OS X, great under Windows
     

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