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

iGOOGLE

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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
 

sjinsjca

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BTW I use Win XP Pro(40GB) via VMware

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.
 

0098386

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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.
 

Erendiox

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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.
 

ARF900

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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.
 

El Cabong

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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.
 

JackAxe

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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.
 

jakeguy99

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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.
 

reberto

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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
 

0098386

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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.
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.
 

MRU

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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.
 

reberto

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Even when there is a Mac version, usually Bootcamp is the better option ;)
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
 

Sambo110

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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
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.