The strangest thing happened today whilst playing Half Life 2.

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by MasterHowl, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    I've finished all my exams no (woo!), so I started gaming again for the first time in months.

    I played Half Life 2 (brilliant game), everything on highest graphics (it's not that intense right?), and everything was fine. Hitting 30 fps 90% of the time, hitting a low of around 22 fps every now and then. I was playing like this for around 2 hours.

    I came back to continue playing this evening, and I'm on 15 fps maximum! WHAT?! I've tried restarting my Mac and everything... but it's not playing ball.

    Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong?

    MacBook Pro
    2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
  2. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    It's called a ****** port. The Mac versions of Source games are generally crap. For example, TF2 I can barely manage 30fps on an 8v8 match at 1280x800 with all medium settings, high shaders, 2x AA and AF. In Windows, they're all set to high (except shadows which are kept at medium), 2x AA, and 4x AF and it RARELY drops below 50 on a 16v16.

    If you can, load Windows onto your iMac. If you can't. Then go into Steam, right click on HL2, Properties, Local Files, then defragment your cache and see if that helps. Beyond that you can lower your settings and just stomach through it I guess.
  3. FroMann macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2011
    North Carolina, USA.
    Turn off Anti Aliasing, you will get a major boost in FPS.
  4. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2009
    Get 10.6.8 update, helps with graphics related stuff.
  5. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    The OSX versions aren't too great. TF2 was fully playable on my old iMac under Windows but wouldn't run at all on OSX. If you can install Windows I'd recommend that. That 22-30fps range would jump to a constant 60fps on Windows.

    I imagine you stumbled onto a larger map or something like that. The game wouldn't magically start running bad for no reason, unless there's an overheating/hardware issue going on.
  6. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Thanks, I didn't know 10.6.8 was out already.

    When I used software update, it doesn't mention anything about new drivers for graphic cards?
  7. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    Seems to be working fine now... updated to 10.6.8 last night so could have something to do with it :D

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