4/29- Added Assassin's Creed to Boot Camp Performance Section
3/22- Added Sins of a Solar Empire Demo link.
3/9- Added Penumbra Overture as a MacBook playable game as long as your model includes the X3100 chipset or newer. Added Penumbra Overture and The Witcher to the MacBook Pro list in the Game Performance via Boot Camp section.
3/1- Added link for IMG Thread regarding Gears of War via Bootcamp and WinXP
2/10- Added help for The Witcher and installing the Uncut Mod in the specific Game Help section.
1/27- Added Witcher Demo Link
1/23- Added Improving Vista Performance to the Understand Windows Section on Page 2.
1/2/08- In Part 1 under Game Specific issues added blurb on BioShock Activation Revoke Tool and in Part 2 addes a blurb in the Understanding Windows section on restoring your Recycle Bin. (Don't ask how I would know about this...)
12/28- Added game performance for Crysis, Hellgate London, Sims Societies, Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood on a MBP.
12/17- Added game performance for Team Fortress 2 on dual core iMac and for TF2 and HL2 on MBP.
12/16- Added new game performance for iMac and UT3
12/15- Added new game performance for MacBook Pro/Vista: UT3 + Elder Scrolls 4:Oblivion.
11/25- Updated Boot Camp Info in Part II under Known Issue.
11/23- Updated DirectX info in Part II.
11/6- Added a blurb to Game Performance via Boot Camp regarding Vista vs WinXP.
11/5- Added New Titles to Game Performance via Boot Camp for MBP.
11/3- Added Connecting your Intel Mac Running Windows To Airbase Nework in Part 2 under Networking.
Disclaimer: Links are perishable. All attempt was made to provide accurate info, but use this at your own RISK!
Page 1 Contents
* Boot Camp/New Mac Hardware/Windows/Parallels Related Links
* Demo Links
* Good Misc Links
* IMG Threads
* Game Specific Help Pages
* Game Performance via Boot Camp/WinXP/Vista
* Game Videos
Page 2 Contents (Second post)
* Known Issues
* Networking Mac & PC
* Parallels Links
* Understanding WindowsXP on Your Mac
-Don't use Internet Explorer for Windows Browsing
-Direct X- What version do you have?
-IP Address in Windows- What is it?
-Windows XP Home versus Pro Edition Article
* Your Windows Game No Longer Works/Uninstalling a Game in Windows
* Handy WinXP Utilities
Reader additions are welcome! This FAQ compiles links for Boot Camp and solutions for Windows gaming on a Mac. I don't presently own an intel Mac. If you have run into a problem such as Windows networking, please post here and I'll compile issues/links in the top post.
If writing a solution please layout basic steps for novice users. For example Windows networking while playing games... It's possible that Mac users don't know how to access the Airport Utility in Windows. So you would need to tell them which control panel to open. Things like does the Windows Airport Utility need to be downloaded?
Demo & Download Links
*Gamers Hell.com- recommended Download Site, good speeds and minimal hassles.
new- Sins Of A Solar Empire Demo.
- UT3 Beta Demo.
- Two Worlds Demo.
- BioShock Demo.
- Battlefield 2142 Demo.
- Medieval Total War 2 demo
- Europa Universalis
- Silver Fall RPG Demo
-Gamer's Hell Supreme Commander Demo.
-Theatre of War demo.
new- The Witcher Demo.
Boot Camp/New Mac Hardware/Parallels/Windows Related Links
new- LapTopsToGo- Excellent Source to download Nvidia beta drivers for your Mac running Windows. These drivers are installed in Windows.
ForceWareUpDater's Quick Start Guide.
Installing Vista Drivers with pictures.
Installing XP Drivers with pictures.
Driver General FAQ.
Find Drivers Here.
- Crossover- Allows intel Macs to run older Windows programs without a copy of the Windows operating System.
-Direct X (Version 9c) for Windows XP.
-IMG Feature Boot Camp: Installation and Implication
new -12" iBook vs 13" Macbook- mostly hardware specs comparision.
new -Barefeats.com SHOOTOUT: MacBook 13" versus MacBook Pro, PowerBook and iBook.
-Windows XP Home Edition versus Pro Edition:What's the Difference?
-Switcher's Guide to Windows/OSX- from ExtremeTech.com a guide to help switchers in both directions focusing on inexperienced Mac and Windows users on an Intel Mac.
-AnandTech-MacBook Pro:Using it as a Mac and PC
-Apple's Boot Camp
-Barefeats.com Boot Camp performance on a MacBook Pro.
-MacWorld Boot Camp report.
-MacWorld- PC World Report.
new -Moving the Steam Application.
-WideScreen Gaming Forum
Note: I've tried to list notable threads, but not all are listed here. If you don't see an item of interest, use the search box to check the forum for all posts.
- Boot Camp/Windows On Mac Solutions.
- Which Windows Version is Best?
- Which Windows Version is Best?
- Getting a Gaming PC.
- Gaming PC Build.
- MBP w/DX10?
- Vista Home Works Great.
- DX10 vs Open GL.
- Game installation: Mac v.s. PC, Could a game be installed on both?.
-iMac Gaming X1600 WindowsXP
-Best games on a MacBook?
-I just installed Vista on my iMac...
-New MacBook Gaming Performance
-Best Windows Games to Play on your Intel Mac.
-Has Dual Booting Changed Your Gaming Habits?
-Windows Home or Pro
-Windows Gaming on a Mac, Is there a downside?
-Apple Boot Camp
-BootCamp: The Death of Mac Games?
-BootCamp gaming benchmarks?
-Boot Camp tested, does it really work?
-MacBook Pro in use, My findings so far
-Where'd you guys get your copy of Windows from?
-WOW under XP/BootCamp on Intel Mac
new- Gears of War on MBP.
new- The Witcher Just Hit the Streets.
new- The Witcher FAQ.
- UT3 on iMac.
- Crysis Demo, Who's Played it- includes a discussion of downloading Nvidia beta drivers.
- Bioshock Tips.
- Bioshock in one week-raise yer hand.
-Oblivion Tips and Cheats FAQ.
- Morrowind vs Oblivion, Would anyone like to rank them?
- Elder Scrolls 4:Oblivion links moved to Oblivion FAQ.
- Questions about Steam and running HL2 on a Mac, What's the deal? (04/26/06)
- GuildWars via Boot Camp?
new -Moving Files and Folders between Windows and Mac HSs
new- XP Safe Mode on Boot Camp?
-Games Running Via BootCamp
-MacPro Audio Wrinkle.
-MacPro and Boot Camp.
-List of Games that don't work on Laptops
-Prepare for Disappointment!
Game Specific/Genre Help Pages
What can I do when I get a Can't find install folder or Newer version is already installed errors when I'm trying to patch?
This is caused by a bug that somehow prevents directory info for the game to be placed in the registry when it is originally installed. It seems to be a common problem with this game. The easiest thing to do is to uninstall the game, but don't be surprised if the uninstaller does not work, cause it can't find the game! This is what happened to me.
First I tried to follow Electronic Arts Tech Support advice and make some registry entries for the game. To see these instruction click on the link, fill in your computer specific info and search on "Patch errors". This can be really dangerous if you mess up. Open the registry and add version and install directory information for BF2142.. I tried this but it did not work for me cause I was not sure of the version and build number info.
Even following the advice of making a backup of the registry, I had difficulties restoring it using EA's instructions. BTW here is a MS link on backing up the registry. In my case I run a utility called System Suite, which has a built in registry saver that makes it very easy to revert to an older version of the registry.
So I reverted to the previous copy of the registry. Because neither the game's uninstaller or the WinXP Control Panel for uninstalling programs worked, I went to my game folder and manually removed the Battlefield2142 folder, then I ran System Suite to clean up whatever Registry errors it could find. Then I reinstalled the game and this time the patch worked.
new- Bioshock Activation Revoke Tool
Bioshock will allow a couple of installs. The game is activated over the internet with a 2K server. I'm not exactly sure how many activations are allowed with a single serial number, but there is at least two as I have it installed on my P4 and on my MBP (running Vista). 2K Games has released an Activation Revoke Tool to allow at least one of the legal activations to be revoked. It looks like they are working to make this tool so it will revoke all activations, but that is not online yet. Visit The Cult of Rapture link to read more about it. Those who know me, know that I think activation of games sucks mostly because it complicates the sale of a used game. However this seems like a good compromise.- submitted by Hunt'n 1/08.
Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion FAQ
Galactic civilizations II submitted by sduf
Ran into weird bug running this on macbook pro, core 2 duo, 2.16 ghz, 1gb ram, 128 mb ati x1600, win xp home sp2, updated all the way (except int explorer, screw that thing). System randomly _reboots_ if 'software cursor' selected (which is the default). selected 'hardware cursor' and no random reboots so far...
Half Life 2
-Resetting a used HL2 key- would be necessary if purchasing a used registered copy of HL2. Purchasing a used copy of HL2 puts you at the mercy and totally depends on the honesty of the seller. If a particular CD code has been banned, Valve will not reset it. See the link.
Theatre of War- submitted by DavyJJ
For those with ATI cards you might find that something odd happens when in Boot Camp ... the game starts and runs upside down. Simple fix ... first start it up and navigate to the graphics options screen and set your resolution as required (mine 1680x1050). Save and quit. Then open the ww.ini file in the game directory and edit the state "true" to state "false" in the line - "changeScreenRes". Then restart and it'll be fine.
The Witcher FAQ includes a blurb on installing the Uncut Mod which removes censorship (concerning language and some mild nudity) from the game that was imposed by the U.S. publishers. See the link for more details.
MMORPG.com- An excellent resource for MMORPG info.
Game Performance via Boot Camp/WinXP/Vista
Window XP or Vista- Which for gaming? As it stands right now Nov07, Windows XP is the better choice for running Windows games under Boot Camp. Vista has higher overhead and the Windows community is still trying to get the driver issue corrected. In other words, Vista drivers tend to be slower. The primray appeal of Vista is Direct X 10 which has a higher graphics quality than DX9. However it could be argued that if you have to run your game on low settings what's the point? You might as well get good performance on WinXP.
If you must try Vista, try it on a MacPro or MacBookPro. MacBooks are a "no" to Vista, iMacs are a "?".
* Half Life 2 demo worked but had autosave crashes.
* Medieval Total War 2 does not run (reported by bookman)
* Morrowind runs great (reported by bookman)
new* Penumbra: Overture- runs on MacBooks with x3100 chipset or newer. Older MacBooks won't run this game.
* Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War runs great (reported by bookman)
MacBook Pro (2.0-2.2)GHz, 2Gig RAM, 7,200rpm HD):
new-* Assassin's Creed (4/08) Assassins creed runs good on my MBP, albeit on lower res (1300*768) and low-medium detail. (I have a first generation MBP, with a X1600) Although you need to install new drivers, if you are still running Tiger, with the Bootcamp Beta 1.3. (Don't know about the newer leopard bootcamp drivers). The latest Omega Drivers should do the trick, if you are getting crashes on "Memory Block 3", in the game. It crashed every time I tried to get to Acre or Jerusalem, and sometimes at random in Kingdom. (submitted by QuantaCat)
-Additional Notes: Runs on XP, game runs almost 2x as good on the X1600 using Omega Supplied Radeon Drivers. (submitted by AussieMacGamer)
new-* The Witcher runs well. (2.2 Ghz 15" MBP, Mac OS 10.5, 4GB RAM, Geforce 8600M GT, 128MB VRAM, Boot Camp- 32bit Vista)
* Penumbra: Overture runs without any problems.
*Team Fortress 2 & Half Life 2- runs well!
*Elder Scrolls 4 runs about about 30 fps with mid range settings on 32bit Vista. More testing needed. (submitted by Huntn 12/07)
*Unreal Tournament 3 runs well on the 2.2Ghz MBP depending on settings 30-60 fps on 32bit Vista. (submitted by Huntn 12/07)
* Tabula Rasa runs great on 2.2 Ghz MBP. (submitted by Huntn 11/06)
* Crysis runs well, 20-50 fps range, with medium to low settings (2.2 Ghz 15" MBP, Mac OS 10.5, 2GB RAM, Geforce 8600M GT, 128MB VRAM, Boot Camp- 32bit Vista (submitted by Huntn 12/07)
* Crysis Demo: With 169.04 Nvidia beta drivers runs in high 20's at 800x600 on 32bit Vista/DX10 with adjustments to graphic settings. See this thread for specifics. (reported by Huntn 11/05/07)
* Enemy Territory : Quake Wars : crashes when joining or making new game (off- and online), but only randomly (might be punkbuster related) - works fine as soon as connection is successful, turned up high. (reported by QuantaCat 11/04/07 hardware: MBP w/ 17", X1600 Radeon, 2,33GHz, 2Gb RAM, latest Firmware and updates for OSX 10.4)
* Sword of The Stars 1.4.1 (+Born of Blood Expansion) : works fine under native settings (1600*1050), turned up high. (reported by QuantaCat 11/04/07)
* Sacred Gold : works fine under native settings, turned up high. (reported by QuantaCat 11/04/07)
* Fallout 2 : works fine under native settings. (reported by QuantaCat 11/04/07)
* Command & Conquer 3 : works fine under native settings, turned up high. (reported by QuantaCat 11/07)
* Lord Of The Rings - Battle For Middle Earth 2 : works fine under native settings, turned up high. (reported by QuantaCat 11/04/07)
new- *Hellgate London: runs great. Note: the walls are invisible with model quality set to high. Correct situation by setting model quality to medium. (MBP w/ x1600) (reported by QuantaCat 12/07) Update: I believe wall issue was resolved by running game at lower resolution- Hunt'n.
* Heroes of Might and Magic V: Runs fine on native settings, turned everything up high. (reported by TomatoCow)
* KOTOR II: Runs fine on native settings, turned everything up high. (reported by TomatoCow)
new- * KOTOR 1 & 2: both have rare crashes, so save often, but they work fantastically on a MBP w/ x1600. 2x FSAA + 8x Trilinear Filtering + Soft Shadows (also, it automatically stretches to widescreen, so choose 1280*960 instead of 1280*1024, to prevent extreme stretchiness.) KOTOR 2 has a slightly lower framerate, but still fantastic. (reported by QuantaCat 12/07)
* Oblivion: Runs fine on native settings, but some settings were turned down for when outdoors. (reported by TomatoCow)
* Star Wars Empire at War: Runs fine on native (1440x900) settings, and everything turned up high. (reported by TomatoCow)
* Rome Total War: Runs fine on native settings, turned everything up high. (reported by TomatoCow)
* Silent Hunter III: Runs fine on native settings, turned everything up high. (reported by TomatoCow)
new * SimCity Societies: very rare crashes. 1400*852 (MBP w/ x1600) (although framerate is rather low, so MBP w/ x1600 is minimum) (reported by QuantaCat 12/07)
iMac- 2-2.4 GHz, 2GB RAM, RadeonX1600 256 MB VRAM- different configurations will be listed for specific games.
new * Team Fortress 2 (original Intel Core Duo iMac, 1600 card at 256MB of video RAM and 2GB of main RAM reported by DaveyJJ) game runs well. 12/07.
new *Unreal Tournament 3 reported to run at about 20-40 fps running at 1440 x 900 High Settings with VSync off and Post Processing at Intense. (2.4 Ghz 2gig ram w/ HD 2600 Pro Imac running XP Pro SP2 mentioned by Natamos) 12/07
* Blazing Angels - Runs very well with most settings maxed. Only terrain texture quality had to be lowered, otherwise one would get black slabs of nothingness. 1280x796 (submitted by Pegasus)
* Bloodrayne 2 - Flawless performance with max settings. Strangely enough, there's no gamepad support. Odd. (Something high)
Far Cry - Runs extremely well with max settings at 1280x796 with only one area near the end of the game making it slow down a bit. 32-bit version only. (submitted by Pegasus)
* Brothers in Arms - Smooth at 1680x1050, everything maxed. (reported by Gloops)
* Call of Duty 2 - Runs OK at default settings (800x600, everything else at high, textures at extra supadupa). (reported by Gloops)
* FarCry - Runs like butter at 1024x768 everything maxed. Even runs OK with the 64 bit to 32 bit conversion patch - but some of the textures look a bit screwy. The extra view distance and content is nice though. (reported by Gloops)
* FIFA 2007 - Runs very well in lower resolution. Slows down significantly on higher ones. One could lower the graphical details, but that makes the players look butt-ugly, and it doesn't seem to help performance gain much.
* Galactic Civilizations II - Runs perfectly fine at max settings. Not that it is a very demanding game from the start. 1680x1050 (I think)
* Ghost Recon 1, 2 and 3 - super smooth maxed out at 1680x1050. (reported by Gloops)
* Half-Life 2 - Runs smooth everything maxed out (except no FSAA) (reported by Gloops)
* Half-Life 2: Episode one - Runs fine, although it tells me I need to update my graphics drivers. Not sure how to do that as Apple have their own Bootcamp drivers. There's a few minor visual glitches (bump-mapping shininess). No biggie. (reported by Gloops)
* Lego Star Wars II - Perfoms flawlessly with everything maxed out. (some high resolution 4:3 format, no widescreen support)
* Max Payne 2 - Perfoms flawlessly with everything maxed out. 1680x1050 (submitted by Pegasus)
* Pirates! - Runs without a hitch at max settings. (4:3 only, no widescreen support) (submitted by Pegasus)
* Prey - Runs very well on high settings with only very rare minor slowdowns in certain spots. 1024x768
* Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones - Runs perfectly with max settings. Just be sure to deactivate one of your processors for this one. 1280x796
* Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines - Runs perfectly with everything maxed out. 1900x(I forget, 4:3 something, no widescreen support) (submitted by Pegasus)
* Stronghold 2 - Smooth as butter with maximum detail. 1280x796 (submitted by Pegasus)
* Stronghold Legacy (Demo) - Same engine as Stronghold 2. Seems to run about the same. (submitted by Pegasus)
* Titan Quest - Runs pretty well for the most part with some details (i.e. shadows) lowered. 1280x796 (submitted by Pegasus)
* Lord of the Rings Online:Shadows of Angmar- intel Macs with ATI 1600 card (reported by XBRoughneck).
Game Video on Intel Macs
-Battlefield 2 Videos.
-Doom3 and BG2 Video.
-Half Life 2 Video.
-More HL2 Video.
Edited by Huntn, 29 April 2008 - 08:49 AM.