My Powerbook Sucks at Gaming!

Capt Underpants

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Well I knew my powerbook wouldn't be perfect at gaming, but I thought it would play Medal of Honor decently, so I bought MOHAA. Playing on 1024x768 with everything on low or minimun, no weather effects, etc. my framerates still dip as low as 10. I am very disappointed...
 

applekid

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How the hell?

My iMac with its crappy GeForce4MX is doing great with MoH:AA. As in 30 FPS is quite realistic. Something is wrong. But, I think you knew that already :D
 

Capt Underpants

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applekid said:
How the hell?

My iMac with its crappy GeForce4MX is doing great with MoH:AA. As in 30 FPS is quite realistic. Something is wrong. But, I think you knew that already :D
Yeah, I thought something was wrong. There's no way a 500 MHz G4 w/ 16 MB VRAM is required to play, and I can't play decently with a 1.33 GHz G4 and 64 MB VRAM. Does anyone have any ideas on how to remedy this?
 

Capt Underpants

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Phat_Pat said:
do you have all the updates... drivers, game updates, OSX updates?
I'm running Mac OSX.3.7, and I don't know of any Spearhead game updates, or Nvidia graphics driver updates. I thought all of the driver updates were inculded in 10.3.7.
 

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Not to imply that you haven't already checked, but sometimes it's the most obvious things which can cause problems:

  • Have you checked Activity Monitor to ensure that nothing else is eating up your CPU?
  • Do you have sufficient RAM?
 

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Capt Underpants said:
Downloaded and installed. Framerates are still in teens... :(
My 17" Rev C PB sucks on gaming, too. I figured it was just Aspyr being a crappy company. Some games run ok, like Warcraft 3 and Dungeon Siege. I didn't have any issues with the Wolfenstein 3d demo. That one ran GREAT on my Rev A 17" (later sold for the C) however, Aspyr and MacSoft games all seem to run very poorly. (Read: halo and simcity 4)

Steve
 

Capt Underpants

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Rezet said:
A. Set it on highest. It helps. But I doubt it will bring your fps from teens to 30s. :eek:

B. If (A) fails, drag and drop your laptop on ebay and get a desktop. For gaming, get a PC.
A freakin game isn't worth giving up a mac over. I've already saved up 50% of the money I need for a gaming PC. I'll get the rest eventually, and then I'll have the best of both worlds. Until then, though, it would be nice if I could p lay games on my mac. If not, then oh well. I'll get over it...
 

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As stupid as this sounds, try turning some of your settings UP. When i was playing MoH:AA on my Powerbook, I found that medium/high graphics gave me better overall frame rates than lowest/low... even on 1280x854.
 

Capt Underpants

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Okay. I am now getting 30-40 FPS when I'm just walking, but when I get in a fire fight, my FPS drop down into the teens. I guess I can handle that...
 

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Capt Underpants said:
Okay. I am now getting 30-40 FPS when I'm just walking, but when I get in a fire fight, my FPS drop down into the teens. I guess I can handle that...
Still too odd. And this is just in MoH:AA (no expansions MoH)? And we're talking about a 12-inch PowerBook (like in your sig), correct?

Any other games under-performing lately?
 

Capt Underpants

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applekid said:
Still too odd. And this is just in MoH:AA (no expansions MoH)? And we're talking about a 12-inch PowerBook (like in your sig), correct?
It's on both MOH:AA and the expansion pack "Spearhead". Yes, it is the 12" powerbook in my signature. You're right, this kind of performance is not acceptable on my machine. I just don't know what to do about it...
 

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That's very weird. I run MoH: AA at 1024x768 on my 933 MHz machine and I get perfect framerates. It requeres a 500 MHz G3 minumum, so something is wrong.
 

Capt Underpants

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pgc6000 said:
That's very weird. I run MoH: AA at 1024x768 on my 933 MHz machine and I get perfect framerates. It requeres a 500 MHz G3 minumum, so something is wrong.
By "Perfect framerates" what do you mean? Does it go below 30 ever? 25? 20?
 

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I have a 15" G4 1.5 Ghz with 2G of ram, the fast BTO hard drive, and the fully upgraded 9700 w/ 128 megs.

Mine sucks at WoW :)

Honestly, I think mine is the hard drive.
 

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Capt Underpants said:
By "Perfect framerates" what do you mean? Does it go below 30 ever? 25? 20?
With my machine, gunfights don't even bring me down so low it gets choppy.

I think you'll have to try giving Aspyr an e-mail. Tell them you've upped the settings to see frame rates actually improve and all of the details. Never heard of anything like this before.

Now, in Spearhead, it's not dropping at the particular single player mission with the truck and machine gun, right? I'm sure you've read the few threads we've had of it before. Because that's a universal bug, so there's nothing that can be done. But that's only for one map. Anything weird happening when you play online? Some huge amounts of lag, graphical glitches, etc.
 

Capt Underpants

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applekid said:
With my machine, gunfights don't even bring me down so low it gets choppy.

I think you'll have to try giving Aspyr an e-mail. Tell them you've upped the settings to see frame rates actually improve and all of the details. Never heard of anything like this before.

Now, in Spearhead, it's not dropping at the particular single player mission with the truck and machine gun, right? I'm sure you've read the few threads we've had of it before. Because that's a universal bug, so there's nothing that can be done. But that's only for one map. Anything weird happening when you play online? Some huge amounts of lag, graphical glitches, etc.
I'm getting these bad framerates in online multiplayer, not the buggy single player mission. I'm getting really good pings when I play online, but my framerates just aren't cutting it. There aren't any graphical glitches either. I guess I will have to email them :(