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Discussion in 'Games' started by jknight8907, Jun 22, 2004.
Has anyone had any experience with using X-Plane v6 or 7 on a 12" 1.33ghz Powerbook?
XPlane v7 should do very well on it.
All the 1.33 GHz PowerBooks have decent grfx cards, and the CPU is fast enough. It doesn't need the horsepower of a G5, nor a "super" grfx card like the Radeon 9800. Take a look here .
It does like RAM, though, I recommend at least 512 MB of it.
BTW, if it gives you any idea:
On a PowerMac G4 500 MHz with Radeon 8500 and 1 GB RAM it ran perfectly. Medium settings, 1024 x 768 resolution.
On a Dual 1.25 GHz G4 with Radeon 9800 it ran super, all settings high, @ 1600 x 1200 resolution.
Thanks for the fast reply. I guess if it runs good on the 500mhz, it should to great on a new PB.
I currently run X-Plane V7 on an iMac 1GHz, 256 RAM; it runs prety OK, but sometimes has frame glitches, because of the low RAM.
I used to run X-Plane V6 on an iBook, 800 MHz, with 128 RAM; it was pretty bad, but playable...
Also don't forget the pretty low-end grfx cards. X-Plane might not need an 9800 orso, but likes 64 MB VRAM.
I downloaded the demo last weekend and have just started playing with it. Besides being a big adjustment from FS2K4 on Windows, I would describe the performance as being on the lower-end of being acceptable. You might find yourself lowering some settings to maintain playability in certain situations. (FWIW, I have been focusing on the Cessna in southern California since that is what I fly in real life.)
Does anyone have a recommended joystick? I have the original MS Sidewinder but I haven't even tried hooking it up to my PB yet. Also, has anyone tried the SoCal scenery? How does that affect performance?
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I doubt if you would be able to get the sidewinder working good on the PB considering its a gameport connection.
The Sidewinder included a GamePort->USB converter, but I think you are right.
i tried one of the v7 demos on my 1.5ghz/128mb vram/512mb pbook, and it was horrible.
Bad performance on that beauty?
yea, i didn't get it either... i might try again some other day.
I have the same pbook, 1.5ghz/128 vram/1gig ram/ 5400rpm. It seemed to run ok, sorta slow at times, takes for ever to load up, but I just don't know how to fly! MS flight sim is easy to fly, but I know nothing about real planes, just wanna zip around between buildings. So Just need how to learn how to take off in this advanced program!