Video card drivers on the iMac, both in bootcamp and on OS X

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  1. Theraker007 macrumors regular

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    Hi everyone,

    I have a 2 1/2 year old iMac that I am hoping will run the game "Rift" which is windows only when it comes out in a couple of months. I installed the beta last night on windows 7 x64 and it told me my video card drivers were out of date and to go to the website: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/gpu88-catalyst-10-10e-hotfix.aspx to update them.

    However, if you go to that website, the link is dead. Anyway, I am hoping you guys can help me, I have a ATI Mobility 4850 radeon graphics card (full computer specs are listed conveniently at the end of this thread) and I was hoping you guys could point me in the right direction for upgrading this graphics card in windows bootcamp. In addition, is it also necessary for me to update this card in OS X? I've never done so, I always assumed the software update would take care of it, but maybe that isn't the case?


    Thanks for the help!


    ATI Radeon HD 4850:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 4850
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 512 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x944a
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-B9090C-181
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.327
     
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  3. Theraker007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, there is nothing you can do with OS X. Graphics drivers are included in OS X updates and you cannot download them separately.
     
  5. Theraker007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright sweet.

    One last question, is it possible this game will run in Parallels or will I have to use bootcamp every time?
     
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    Generally speaking, Parallels or any kind of virtualization software is horrible for gaming or anything else graphics intensive. Some older games might work but newer games with good graphics are unlikely to work well.
     
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  8. robo456 macrumors 6502

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    If you have access to the beta test this weekend and you have a spare minute or two, can you post how it ran in Bootcamp? Thanks!

    --rob
     

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