VMWare, Ram, and old games.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by keerf, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. keerf macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    Got a question for everyone. I'm currently running vmware fusion (the beta), and I have a bunch of older games installed:

    BG 1/2
    Planescape
    Icewind Dale 1/2

    My question is this, currently I'm running fusion with an XP install, 1gig of ram, and 1 vcpu. Should I dedicate more memory to the vm? Or would that bog the host system to much.

    The only reason I'm asking is because I noticed sluggish performance in Icewind Dale. So I wondered if perhaps I needed more ram dedicated to the machine.

    Thanks all!
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    What are the specs of your machine, we could do with some more information. Its not going to hurt having more ram allocated but it might harm your osx install.

    VM ware is not very good at playing games.
     
  3. keerf thread starter macrumors member

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    My apologies for not listing the specs.

    Macbook Pro (June 2009 model)
    2.8ghz
    4gig of ram

    Sorry bout that.
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    Thankyou, I would allocate some more RAM to VMware. I have 4gb of RAM also and have 2gb allocated to windows and 2 to OSX. It should help the gameplay a little.
     
  5. Zortrium macrumors 6502

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    Also make sure you're letting XP use both your CPU cores.
     
  6. keerf thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought that was kind of a no no. From what I've read it is actually recommended to just use the 1.
     

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