nvidia geforce 9400m 256 mb

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  1. Paskell, Feb 3, 2013
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    Paskell macrumors member

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    Wondering if there is a way to tune the drivers for this.. To slighty improve it etc. have mid 09 13" 2.2ghz 2gb ram soon to be 8gb will the 8gb improve the graphics lag etc at all?
     
  2. chelch macrumors regular

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    I have a late 2009 Mini with the same graphics "card". I tried to find an update myself but I don't think nVidia has updated the drivers in a long time, nor will they.

    The 9400m shares memory with the CPU, so increasing the RAM should help the GPU as well. But don't expect a significant performance increase. You will not be able to increase the graphics settings, but you may notice a decrease in lag during long gaming sessions. Or not...
     
  3. Paskell thread starter macrumors member

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    ah ok well thats good to hear i think having just 2gb of ram is not enough anyways so the 8 should help a bit for gaming i just get some chop so hopefully it will stop..
     
  4. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

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    The only thing you can do driver wise is to install Windows on boot camp and download Nvidia drivers there. It will improve game performance...but you shouldn't expect anything great out of that IGP.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I just recently handed down my old mid 2009 MBP to my mom because it had stopped suiting my usage needs. I had upgraded to 8GB of RAM and installed a 256GB SSD, and eventually even that wasn't enough.

    What I'm saying is that even with some upgrades, that laptop is probably nearing the end of its useful life. At least for anyone who is trying to game or do any processor intensive work.
     
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    So it won't type documents, send emails, play in Ps/Ae, watch DVD's, Rip/Pay music and movies, manage photos in Aperture etc?

    What is no longer usable exactly? When do you think these tasks will overcome the processor?

    Or has it perhaps reached the end of it's useful life because it doesn't have a core i something in it.
     
  7. Paskell thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree with you completely towards the gpu not being sufficient but the rest is fine for school work and web browsing etc basically what a laptop is for but I'm just asking for the time being I plan to get a Mac mini when the next one is released. Just trying to make due for now
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It does all of those things just fine, but the problem comes when I try to do several tasks and run a VM using Parallels.

    No, it has reached the end of its useful life for me because it doesn't have a quad core processor and a discrete GPU. It used to handle the tasks I needed to perform just fine in the past, but increasing software requirements are just too much for the Core2 Duo and the 9400m to handle.
     
  9. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    uhh huh
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Do you have a point here?
     
  11. Paskell thread starter macrumors member

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    If anyone cares or wants to know I did update from 2gb to 8gb ram from owc and it runs much smoother actually. Hope this helps some people with same gpu
     

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