Question - Gaming on Macbook.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by klaze, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. klaze macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    When I try playing the sims 3, and sometimes I try to minimize the game and try to surf on Safari, it's impossible to surf because it's so laggy.

    Is this normal for Mac??

    I played some games on the Bootcamp side and it's normal( I can play games and surf the net at the same time).

    The only reason I'm asking is because my Bootcamp is mainly just for school stuff while my Mac is for anything else.

    I really want to play games on the Mac side and not the Bootcamp side but I want to be able to surf the net while the game is being minimized.

    I have a White MacBook, 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB ram.

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No idea, but have you tried a different browser?
  3. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    No, it's definitely not supposed to do that on the Mac. It's not normal. It should run smooth.
  4. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    I have a high end iMac with the mobile 4850 chip, which is a rather good chip, and I still get choppy window movement/scrolling and flash video while on safari and a demanding game is active in the background.

    The gpu effects the smoothness with which all of that stuff works (videos,window movement and scrolling) to a certain degree, so a good part of it would be your gpu putting all of its resources into the game. My only guess as to why it happens on osx side and not windows side is because of its implementation of open gl rather than direct x. As it stands, osx runs on inferior drivers compared windows-- in fact gaming is usually met with higher performance on windows side of things.
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    OS X doesn't handle multitasking with games very well. Unless it's WoW.
  6. klaze thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Oh I forgot to add, it's not just trying to surf the net, it can be anything, it's super choppy. If I put my mouse over anything over dock, it takes over 5 seconds to reach each icon. I just included surfing the net because that's what I want to do while my game is minimized, but really, it can be anything that is laggy/choppy.

    I was wondering because I'm going to get Starcraft 2 next month, but I really want to play it on my Mac and not my Bootcamp, but if the Mac side will be this laggy, then I guess I'll have to play on Bootcamp.
  7. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Oh you'll definitely want to run starcraft 2 on windows. The difference in performance is huge.
  8. klaze thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Okay thanks, I'll probably play all my games on the Windows side.
  9. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I get the same thing. However I also find it's actually easier just to press Cmd-Enter to go into Windowed mode, and then Cmd-Tab into another app to do something. It's much, much smoother this way and you can keep an eye on your game.
  10. klaze thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Okay thanks, I'll give it a try, hopefully it will be better.

    Though I am disappointed because I really just wanted my Windows side to be pure school work, now the only thing I'll probably do on the Mac side is surf the net?

    Edit: I just tried the game in Windowed mode(Cmd-Enter), and it's a lot better now to do other stuff. It's not as fast but I guess this will do, thanks a lot!!
  11. marsmissions macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2010
    Washington, US
    All of the previous posters failed to mention that Sims 3 already runs terrible on the mac, which is probably your problem.

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