Upgrading Macbook's graphics card?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Visualgap, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Visualgap macrumors member

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    I'm trying to play a game on VMware Fusion (using windows xp). But I get this message: "3D acceleration requires features that are not present in your Mac's graphics processor. You can enable 3D acceleration, but some programs may not behave as expected, or your virtual machine might unexpectedly quit. If you encounter problems, disable 3D acceleration."

    The game runs, but with terrible lag. Can I fix the problem by upgrading my video/graphics card?
    I have a white Macbook 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of memory.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Don't play games in a virtual machine
    2. Lag isn't the same as low frames per second
    3. Mac laptops have built-in video cards that cannot be upgraded
    4. Try the game in Windows but via Boot Camp
    5. What game?
     
  3. logana macrumors 65816

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    No - MacBooks have integrated graphics - you are stuck with what you have.

    Maybe Tuesday's update to the Apple laptops will bring something more suitable....
     
  4. Visualgap thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh crap, I knew I should've bought a Macbook Pro. The game is Rakion.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It should playable via Boot Camp using the latest drivers from Intel for the GMA X3100.

    You'd be better off building a PC for games. A little more research into the hardware would have helped as well.
     
  6. Visualgap thread starter macrumors member

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    Isn't the GMA X3100 a weak video card?

    I used Boot camp before, don't like it.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The GMA X3100 is basic in its 3D gaming support.

    Boot Camp is your only solution short of a new Mac or PC. Why didn't you like it?
     
  8. Visualgap thread starter macrumors member

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    I had to reboot, wait to load,etc... Fusion is way faster. I do have a PC where I can play it with no problems. I just wanted to play it on my macbook but o well.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    VMWare/Parallels isn't a reliable gaming platform to begin with.

    If you want to play it on your MacBook (Pro) it's going to be via Boot Camp.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well laziness isn't an excuse. :p
     
  11. janat macrumors newbie

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    Can't you change the motherboard

    If you unlock battery on macbook, you will have access to HD and RAM, and thus probably memory isn't integrated into motherboard, and is connected via... That means that basically you will have to detach processor, and find motherboard same size, but with better graphics card.

    I would also like to know if you upgrade driver for your graphics card while on windows, will it effect performance on Leopard?
     
  12. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    That's not going to work and no, it won't affect it.
     
  13. janat macrumors newbie

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    You mean I will have to upgrade my drive on both OS. Why won't it work?
     
  14. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Drivers, and hardware. If your computer isn't designed to accept it, it won't. Simple as that. Macs aren't designed to be messed around with.
     

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