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#446881 Windows gaming via Parallels or VMware Fusion?

Posted by Frost on 18 October 2017 - 04:28 PM in Windows Gaming

Last time I played with Parallels (admittedly years ago), it was passable but pretty underwhelming compared to just rebooting in Boot Camp. Probably worse now that Parallels changed their business strategy to throttle the hell out of the program's capabilities unless you "subscribe," which is why I jumped ship to VMware.

I have not played with modern versions of those programs though. I'll do an unscientific side-by-side between Boot Camp and Fusion on my MacBook Pro when I get a chance and let you know how it goes.

#446829 Read this if you are new to the forums!

Posted by Frost on 12 October 2017 - 02:32 PM in IMG Website Network Feedback

View PostSneaky Snake, on 12 October 2017 - 07:01 AM, said:

I think it's hilarious how I mentioned missing having him around a few weeks ago, and then BOOM! he's back after years of not seeing any posts.

Welcome back Steve :teehee:

Steve Ballmer is the David Hasselhoff of the computing world. Just when you think he's receded from the scene, he comes flying back out. Except, you know, without that creepy thing where he draws crowds in the millions if he so much as eats a hot dog in Germany.

#446782 Is there really a such thing as a Mac game?

Posted by Frost on 10 October 2017 - 01:53 PM in General

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 10 October 2017 - 09:32 AM, said:

Actually, now that I've been thinking about this for awhile it wasn't Steve Ballmer, it was the guy who had the Wilford Brimley avatar.  Sorry for the confusion.

Milbop Dippleberry!

That guy was something else.

#446765 macOS 10.13 - High Sierra

Posted by Frost on 08 October 2017 - 09:08 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostJanichsan, on 08 October 2017 - 01:52 PM, said:

Which is actually a relatively minor problem and fixable (I found you don't even have to modify the .vmdk file as described in the Knowledge Base article I linked to in that thread).

However, I think High Sierra might be the first major OS X/macOS upgrade I will roll back and won't install again until (probably much) later.

I know from discussions on MacRumors that, when High Sierra was announced, I wasn't alone to expect a Snow Leopard-like system upgrade with mostly under-the-hood improvements. Snow Leopard wasn't perfect when it came out and caused a bunch of problems initially, but the advantages it brought (e.g. smaller footprint on the hard drive, better performance) outweighed the disadvantages.

High Sierra currently only has disadvantages for me. I see no reason to use it at the moment.

Me, after Sierra's stellar release (I had skipped Yosemite and El Cap), I figured Apple got their groove back and the software guys no longer had an anal-rectal inversion going on. Sierra finally got me to dump Mavericks by being so fast and killing dead some compatibility issues I'd had for a while with the previous two.

Whoops. Anal-rectal inversion is back and I already upgraded. Not worth the trouble to downgrade at this point for me so, eh, whatever.

Regarding Fusion, my Boot Camp-based VM would not function with SIP reenabled without modding the vmdk.

#446739 Is there really a such thing as a Mac game?

Posted by Frost on 06 October 2017 - 03:14 AM in General

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 05 October 2017 - 07:26 PM, said:

Mr. Ballmer is fine. I don't think he is a troll. He loves that company! He can't even help it. He still loves that company. He will always love that company. This is just something the man needs to do. We are like heathen needing redemption to this guy. He is just trying to help us in his own enthusiastic and direct way.

You guys do know that between posts Mr. Ballmer is sweating and out of breath from dancing around his PC screaming, right?


#446738 Windows Gaming on a Mac FAQ

Posted by Frost on 05 October 2017 - 09:39 PM in Windows Gaming

Thankfully tBC remembers to wind me once a week. The wait for technology to be invented to replace my internal fusion battery is grueling. It wouldn't bother me as much if he didn't use a giant engraved toybox key. I think he just likes the humiliation.

Kyle Reese sucks. This new timeline's pace of invention is dog slow.

#446684 Apple CPUs to Replace Intel in Macs?

Posted by Frost on 02 October 2017 - 01:10 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostG_Player, on 01 October 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

But Intel has some of the brightest scientists and a R&D budget that cannot be matched in the industry. The initial success of the PowerPC was short lived. And we all know how that story ended.

With PowerPC dominating big iron, continuing to be the best server and cluster CPUs, powering the two upcoming Summit and Sierra supercomputers, and becoming ubiquitous in the embedded industry? ;)

It's an excellent, and definitely more modern technology. The fact that they held pace on the desktop with Intel as long as they did with 1/10th the R&D budget says a lot. IBM and Motorola were both going different places than the desktop market though and did not have a big interest in holding onto it anymore. Looking back, Jobs saw the writing on the wall and made the right call.

Although it would be more correct to call it just plain "Power" these days. IBM unified the PowerPC and POWER ISAs into just Power a while back.

#446679 High Sierra vs Bootcamp Partition

Posted by Frost on 01 October 2017 - 07:04 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostUmarOMC1, on 30 September 2017 - 07:33 PM, said:

Is this because you formatted to APFS?

Unless I missed something, there's no option not to switch to APFS if you're on a SSD (I am).

View PostJanichsan, on 01 October 2017 - 12:15 AM, said:

As the same problem seems to rear its ugly head randomly every time Apple releases a major OS X/macOS update, I don't think there's a connection. I had the problem when Mavericks was released, and if I recall correctly, tBC had it with either 10.10 or 10.11.

It appears this applies to everybody this time: https://support.appl.../en-us/HT208123

VMware Fusion 10 also can't start off my Bootcamp partition now. Ugh.

#446661 High Sierra vs Bootcamp Partition

Posted by Frost on 29 September 2017 - 08:25 PM in Mac OS Related

Update: Zero issues here booting natively into Bootcamp. Installed latest Bootcamp software, plus NVIDIA and Logitech drivers and a Windows update, and still no trouble. Next I'll give VMware Fusion 10 a try since I just upgraded my license from Fusion 8.

Update 2: Spoke too soon. Installed another Windows update and now when I use the restart in Mac OS utility, it informs me it can't locate the Mac boot volume. FFS. So, have to go back to MacOS by holding option on restart.

#446637 High Sierra vs Bootcamp Partition

Posted by Frost on 27 September 2017 - 12:14 PM in Mac OS Related

I'm upgrading today and rely on my Bootcamp partition as well, so I'll let you know how it goes.

#446609 Local documents on your computer

Posted by Frost on 24 September 2017 - 10:21 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostG_Player, on 24 September 2017 - 10:03 PM, said:

Sorry for using the wrong name, been up and down on 20 foot scaffolding all day hauling and nailing up siding. Really tired.

It's all good. That "name" for Janichsan is a bit of an inside joke going back a good ways. Seeing someone use it made me laugh. :D

#446607 Local documents on your computer

Posted by Frost on 24 September 2017 - 02:29 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostG_Player, on 23 September 2017 - 09:14 PM, said:

@Jugger Bugger


#446598 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by Frost on 22 September 2017 - 02:51 PM in General

I've also been replaying Strider (2014). Originally played it on the PS4 when it was initially released, now playing the Steam version. Higher res + insane framerate FTW. Still just as fun as it was in 2014! GREAT remake of the classic from the Sega Genesis.

#446585 Apple Sept Event......!

Posted by Frost on 21 September 2017 - 11:32 AM in Mac Hardware

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 21 September 2017 - 09:55 AM, said:

I'll vouch for claymores with tripwires from personal experience.  Absolutely devastating.  Everything in the directional cone of fire dies shredded and broken.

It's basically equivalent to firing 44 shells of 12-gauge #1 Buck simultaneously... except make the shot balls steel ball bearings instead of steel-plated lead shot, and put a frakton of energy behind them like they got launched out of a 50-inch barrel with way too much powder.

Claymore: Because frak your infantry advance, we've got shotgun mines.

#446582 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by Frost on 20 September 2017 - 08:03 PM in General

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 24 August 2017 - 12:00 AM, said:

I am hopeful and expecting that unlike Destiny or The Division, Titanfall 2 actually has a real, solid, enjoyable single player experience that preps you at least somewhat for the ensuing online carnage. That is what I feel the competition I have looked at sorely lacks. I felt this way about Star Wars Battlefront also. Basically, I thought the game sucked myself. I thought it was half-assed.

Not sure if you're playing Titanfall 2 on PC or console, but while the SP campaign I LOVED and it will definitely get you well-versed in the mechanics before you ever touch multiplayer... console players are kind of pushovers, but if you're on PC where the mouse and keyboard unlock the full insanity that is a Titanfall character's capabilities, pepper your angus before diving into MP. There are a lot of me's in the Titanfall PC userbase, to the point sometimes they even out-me me. If you manage to get ahold of the speed and parkour though, oh my, Titanfall's movement feels like you've lived in chains all your life and have just been freed.

Luckily they also added a fun as hell Frontier Defense coop mode as well in which you can get a lot more practice as well as just play for its own sake as it's a lot of fun. That was one of the fanbase's favorite modes in Titanfall 1, and they finally got around to adding it to Titanfall 2.

#446581 What games are people playing these days!?

Posted by Frost on 20 September 2017 - 07:58 PM in General

I LOVED Trine. One of my favorite platformers.

Still hooked on Ghost Recon: Wildlands here. Finally stopped screwing around playing it like GTA: Bolivia long enough to finish the main campaign. Now on to the Fallen Ghosts DLC, which is excellent thus far.

#446580 Apple Sept Event......!

Posted by Frost on 20 September 2017 - 01:59 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 19 September 2017 - 10:12 PM, said:

Having you considered laying some mines in strategic locations where the animals wouldn't be hurt but somebody who does not belong where they are might run into a little trouble? All's fair in love and war as they say and I am pretty sure it isn't love that is keeping you up at night, well not for the poacher certainly. It sure would be terrible if he lost a leg or two in a hunting accident, wouldn't it? Hmm, and then there is always good old fashioned bear traps. You could go to sleep and not worry about it. I'm sure you'd hear something when one of them snaps.

My kit is pretty impressive, but land mines are beyond even me. :P

Otherwise claymores with tripwires would've been the first line of defense.

#446571 Suggestions For Windows 10 Performance Tuning

Posted by Frost on 19 September 2017 - 08:26 PM in Off-Topic

If you're interested, I've got a 256GB Micron M600 SSD sitting around in its box that I'd be willing to pass along if we agreed on a price. It's probably about 0.5% or less into its usable lifespan and is pretty darn fast for a 256 with enormous endurance.

#446559 Suggestions For Windows 10 Performance Tuning

Posted by Frost on 18 September 2017 - 03:38 PM in Off-Topic

View PostSneaky Snake, on 18 September 2017 - 02:19 PM, said:

I would strongly recommend buying an SSD and putting that in. That should completely clear up the performance issues that you are having and make the machine feel faster than it was when it was brand new. A 250 GB and even 500 GB SSD are quite inexpensive these days. At my work, we have been refurbishing older laptops (4-5 year old Dell Latitude's) with new SSD's and fresh Windows installs and none of the users find them slow. These are only dual core machines with 4 GB of RAM, but they run Windows 10 and all office tasks flawlessly.

It should be a crime to have a 5400rpm HDD as a boot disc on a computer these days. I cannot stress enough how much of a difference an SSD makes compared to an HDD.

What he said. SSD or bust these days. It makes the whole computing experience so much nicer.

#446555 Apple Sept Event......!

Posted by Frost on 18 September 2017 - 12:54 AM in Mac Hardware

View PostAussieMacGamer, on 17 September 2017 - 08:40 AM, said:

I get what you mean, but I personally don't unlock mine in this type of scenario very often. For the vast majority of users I think Face ID will be fantastic, myself included. Unfortunately, if you often find yourself in a situation where your face is covered or the sensor cannot see a nose, mouth and two eyes ( either you wear a niqab, drive a race car for a living, have a physical deformity that has led to you having no mouth or nose, wear IR blocking glasses most of the time, have a trunk instead of a nose, have an upside down nose, have an imaginary nose, have two noses, have two mouths, or you have three mouths, four noses and only half of one eye).

Har har har. How about spending a few hours a night on stakeout for a persistent poacher for about a month with law enforcement on speed dial, with face covered so you don't stick out like a sore thumb and aren't covered in welts the next day from the mosquitos?

Touch ID on my iPhone 7 still worked. Hell, I even added my gloves' touch capacitive right thumb to it (interestingly enough it can tell the difference between the fingers on the glove as I guess there are tiny variations in the texturing; that's kind of cool).

#446532 Apple Sept Event......!

Posted by Frost on 13 September 2017 - 11:27 PM in Mac Hardware

Face ID is dildos. Extra steps, doesn't work unless your phone is looking at you, won't see through various job and other related gear... right now I can unlock my phone and then tell Siri to play something on my car's sound system by reaching in my pocket, no removal necessary. Face ID can't do that.

I'd buy the crap out of an iPhone X if they'd made, say, a 4.3 inch model with the 4.7-inch iPhone's screen size (my iPhone 7 is just too big; I get sick of fumbling it when using it one-handed) and found a way to keep Touch ID.

#446500 My ISP Hates Me

Posted by Frost on 08 September 2017 - 09:00 PM in Off-Topic

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 07 September 2017 - 05:25 AM, said:

Internet is up and running. All is well in my world again. The tech was a really nice young guy who did a good job here on what turned out to be a project for him taking four hours altogether. He had to run a new line to me from the pole.

Now, with a whole terabyte of data per month I can come here and just write up all kinds of interesting stuff for you guys to read while you should be working!

You need to decide between 2-3 competing products again. Those writeups are a hell of a hoot.

#446478 GeForce NOW for Mac - Beta Invite

Posted by Frost on 05 September 2017 - 02:16 AM in Windows Gaming

So you're saying you're Guaranteed That Price For Life*

*Assuming you die within 3 years

#446472 GeForce NOW for Mac - Beta Invite

Posted by Frost on 02 September 2017 - 10:30 PM in Windows Gaming

View PostDirtyHarry50, on 02 September 2017 - 02:40 PM, said:

That is very nice to hear. I am missing my Mac and want a MacBook but it will probably be a while. This might be pretty nice for some PC titles I wouldn't get with consoles on a MacBook by the time I own one. It would be compelling for me at that point if I could install anything I wanted to from my Steam and GOG libraries and have it just work. The stuff I want to play isn't even all that demanding either. Honestly, the number one PC game I'd like having good access to is EverQuest of all games because I love it so much and occasional visits for a few hundred hours of quality time with a fully twinked out alt is good, good times for me. I do not ever want to install Windows on a Mac again and reboot, etc. I'd be willing to pay for this if it works well and access to what I own isn't a problem on those two major services.

Oops... I just realized something. Data caps may screw me for this unfortunately. Oh, well. I will worry about that when I have reason to be looking at it seriously which for me is going to be a while.

If you're on Suddenpopsnizzle like me, you should be able to get unlimited data by calling them up and paying another $10/month. That's what I did when I kept hitting my 500GB data cap on my gigabit connection.

#446470 GeForce NOW for Mac - Beta Invite

Posted by Frost on 02 September 2017 - 01:52 PM in Windows Gaming

Man, the updates that addressed mouselag as well as NVIDIA adding a central US server made a HUGE difference for me. Mouse lag in the Steam UI is almost nonexistent compared to before, and my input lag is down heavily. At least for Texans, GeForce NOW for Mac just got a whole lot better!