- Oct 9, 2008
Starcraft 2 Windows 7 vs Mac osx Snow leopard + can a Unibody Macbook 2.4 ghz 9400m gt , 2 gb's of ram run Starcraft on a 1920x1080 monitor?
Yeah the drivers for 10.6.4 are just completely FUBAR. Hopefully can do something about it soon...Tested this out last night. First I played on my mac os x boot and at 1920x1080 resolution (geffen hdmi adapter to projector) I had to run on medium settings and I was the last to load the game every time. From my windows 7 boot I was able to bump the setting up the high and it still played better than it was on mac os x.
Right now I think it's an intricate mix between 10.6.4s crap drivers and the SC2 Os x shader bug . Once one or both of those are taken care of it'll be a whole nother ball game....that's still behind windows.Yeah the drivers for 10.6.4 are just completely FUBAR. Hopefully can do something about it soon...
Roll back to 10.6.3 if you can. If you feel up to it you could download the 10.6.3 combo update, use Pacifist to extract the nVidia drivers in the /System/Library/Extensions folder (I think it's just all NV* kexts and GeForce* kexts), copy them to the /System/Library/Extensions folder on your root drive, run Disk Utility's repair permissions on your root drive and restart.24-inch iMac
NVIDIA 8800GS 512MB
Snow Leopard 10.6.4
When loaded from within Mac OS X, the best I can do is medium graphics settings at 1280x720, and even then I get a lot of slowing and choppy framerate
If I bootcamp directly into Windows 7 and load from there, I can play on Ultra graphics settings, everything fully maxed out, at max resolution 1920x1200
At the time, my iMac was the highest end iMac available. I paid extra to get the NVIDIA 512MB graphics card over the ATI 256MB graphics card, and at the moment I'm getting pooped on by Apple. It makes me very angry. The NVIDIA drivers have been borked for a long time and Apple seems to be in no hurry to fix them. Apple wants the Mac to be seen as a viable gaming platform, but when the graphics drivers are this screwed up...
I am also curious about this "os x shader bug" which I think is also referenced on the SC 2 Performance Guide in another thread here and stickied on the Battle.net forums. I'm running in 10.6.3 in a 2010 Macbook 13" (320m, 4gb ram) and find that I can manage medium shaders just okay (low 20s FPS), with some hitches and slowdowns (only playing the campaign at the moment).What exactly is the SC2 os x shader bug?
I'm running a 2.66 core 2 duo iMac with 4GB ram and a Radeon 2600 pro. I know that card isn't very good, but I'm able to run the game fine until I move the shaders up to any setting above low. Once I do that, even at lowest res with everything else on low, the game runs FPS in the mid-teens.
However, with shaders on low, I can run everything else on high at full res and get 30-40 fps. Sure, it's nice, but it kinda looks like Warcraft 3 with a graphics upgrade and some shiny effects.
Anything wrong with Radeon's drivers? We already know about the Nvidia issue. And I know the card sucks, so don't tell me again, please.
Hey anubis, it looks like you have the same iMac I do. Try installing the Snow Leopard graphics update, I saw a huge improvement in Starcraft 2 on this machine after installing. I still wouldn't call it *great*, but it's much, much better and the shader bug appears to be fixed. (I saw no improvement on my MBP though).24-inch iMac
NVIDIA 8800GS 512MB
Snow Leopard 10.6.4
When loaded from within Mac OS X, the best I can do is medium graphics settings at 1280x720, and even then I get a lot of slowing and choppy framerate(
I realize this -- and unfortunately I didn't get a chance to choose the graphics integration when I bought my 13MBP. My point is that I have everything else tricked out, so it's obviously all on the graphics, and from everyone else who say they can dual boot into Windows and run SC2 on the same hardware at higher fps and higher quality, then clearly the problem lies in either nVidia, Apple, or Blizzard software. Are any of those companies going to do anything about this?the 9400m is a POS and very old
gaming has very little to do with having a SSD or some other gee whiz tech. you need good graphics card with fast graphics RAM. the 9400M is integrated into the chipset and uses system RAM