Valve games crashing on new Macbook

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Dunnewos, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. Dunnewos macrumors newbie

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    I just got a new MacBook Pro (15 in, $2500 model). I partitioned off a portion for Vista with the intent of playing Valve games on it (Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead mianly). This worked... alright, but not great. The audio over the whole system in Vista would become very choppy for a few seconds every 4-5 minutes, Left 4 Dead would play but would freeze up every hour and a half to two hours for 10 seconds or so before resuming play. TF2 would crash entirely after 2-3 minutes, causing a black screen and looping audio that I had to manually boot out of.

    Since I was already sick of Vista, I thought I'd try solving these problems by switching back to XP. I did that and things got worse. Left 4 Dead now crashes with the same regularity as TF2 (2-3 minutes of gameplay max). I updated my video card drivers, updated the operating system, and updated Direct X, all to no avail. In fact the problem spread to Bioshock which previously had been running just fine. It seems like Valve just has something against me.

    Any ideas? Help? If I want to game should I just abandon mac entirely? I Googled all over the place and couldn't find anyone else with similar problems. But yeah, I'm at a loss. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cg165 macrumors regular

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    Look for my post in a thread titled mbp gaming issues or something
    Like that. Google "mroogle" and search for it. I've explained some things that worked for me as I had the same issue. If you can't find it let me know and I'll post it here when I'm at my comp.
     
  3. OS X Dude macrumors 6502a

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    There have been some dodgy nVidia drivers for the new MBPs and indeed MBs too. Both for Windows and OS X.

    I was reading another thread on this site and it mentioned downloading alternate nVidia drivers for the laptop and that this usually sorted everything.

    I find it ironic that these driver issues usually only found on Windows are prevalent right now on the Mac too :p

    EDIT - If you're serious about gaming (more than casual, I mean) you'd be MUCH better off with a Windows rig. I love Apple and MS equally but Macs were never gaming rigs.
     

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