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#450818 64-bit apocalypse

Posted by macdude22 on 13 June 2019 - 05:13 PM in Mac OS Related

There is not currently passthrough GPU support for macOS guests, on Fusion 11 anyway. Some software rendered stuff works fine, but generally slow. I am unsure if that is the case for virtualization using hypervisor.framework. Veertu is the only GUI virtualization solution using the hypervisor framework afaik. That might change now that hypervisor.framework supports bridged networking in Catalina. Bridged networking is a deal breaker for me at work. Now that the native framework is  more full featured maybe vmware or virtual box will take advantage.



#450817 Jeff Vogel announces new game: 'Queen's Wish: The Conqueror'

Posted by macdude22 on 13 June 2019 - 05:08 PM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

View PostMatt Diamond, on 13 June 2019 - 01:55 PM, said:

I admire Vogel and have tried out his shareware over the years, but I never spent hours on one title, not long enough to register my copies. So you are not alone. (hangs head)

(whispers) they're just... so big...

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#450806 Jeff Vogel announces new game: 'Queen's Wish: The Conqueror'

Posted by macdude22 on 13 June 2019 - 06:30 AM in Mac Adventure, RPG & MMOs

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 13 June 2019 - 01:09 AM, said:

I haven't actually ever played on of Jeffs games.. This is one of my most embarassing Mac gaming issues.

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#450802 Upgrading MacBook Air (2015) SSD drive?

Posted by macdude22 on 12 June 2019 - 09:05 PM in Mac Hardware

We have upgraded Air's at work with both OWC and Transcend drives with no issue.



#450790 Borderlands 2 strategy, tips, rants

Posted by macdude22 on 11 June 2019 - 09:01 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

I've confirmed it by playing it. System Requirements are now minimum version of mac OS 10.12.

I don't have anything earlier than 10.13 installed on a machine right now to verify how accurate that is. I believe the 1.8.4 system requirements was 10.8 minimum version.

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#450781 Mac Upgrade path for a gamer?

Posted by macdude22 on 10 June 2019 - 12:41 PM in Mac Hardware

I boot off the external TB (2TB Micron). I use the internal 256 for scratch space if i'm working on a project in iMovie or something. I don't really have to juggle or dick around with symlinks. I appreciate that class of storage when i'm trying to cut a video.



#450778 Borderlands 2 strategy, tips, rants

Posted by macdude22 on 10 June 2019 - 11:10 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

Welp, Mac version just downloaded a 10.2 GB patch. Looks like the DLC and HD packs are live now.



#450777 Mac Upgrade path for a gamer?

Posted by macdude22 on 10 June 2019 - 11:10 AM in Mac Hardware

The storage is not overpriced for the performance, just your average consumer doesn't need 3600MB/s R/W. I run my imac off a thunderbolt external.

OWC has 4TB Micron SATA drives for $400.

https://eshop.macsal...ron/AK3T8TBY1A/

SATA performance is fine for my needs. If I needed faster (but still not the literal fastest storage in the universe) I would probably get an OWC Envoy Pro EX.



#450775 Mac Upgrade path for a gamer?

Posted by macdude22 on 10 June 2019 - 10:25 AM in Mac Hardware

i5 is the sweet spot of price performance in the mini line. The I7-8700B is faster but not THAT much faster IMO. They are both 6-core, and single threaded performance barely has a 5% change. There is a more appreciable performance delta in multi threaded workflows because HT.

https://browser.geek...seline=11516356

I would not spend the extra money on the i7 if the primary concern is game performance.



#450772 Borderlands 2 strategy, tips, rants

Posted by macdude22 on 10 June 2019 - 08:52 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

Core game was updated to 1.8.5 (and is now 64-bit!), I successfully joined a PC game this morning. But 90% of games in the browser are DLC games so I can't join them.

I tried verifying the files but the HD pack and Lilith DLC both show as not installed. idk, probably valve fraked something up.



#450770 Borderlands 2 strategy, tips, rants

Posted by macdude22 on 10 June 2019 - 07:26 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

"listed as Mac compatible", the DLC and Texture Pack don't actually install. Who knows. Aspyr sent out an email so one would assume they should be working soon.



#450763 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 09 June 2019 - 02:30 PM in Mac Hardware

I like that a lot of the presentations are given by deeply technical people instead of smarmy salespeople *cough Angela Ahrendts*



#450761 A Kickstarter Project Retrospective

Posted by macdude22 on 09 June 2019 - 02:23 PM in General

Update #5 specifically stated the original trilogy will be included for every backer at $20 "without needing emulators, on PC or Mac".

Sorry inexile, don't try to retcon history to a historian.



#450747 A Kickstarter Project Retrospective

Posted by macdude22 on 09 June 2019 - 09:36 AM in General

How generous to develop the ALREADY PROMISED mac version of the Bard's Tale Trilogy. This is the kickstarter project that killed my interest in kickstarter projects.



#450745 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 09 June 2019 - 09:35 AM in Mac Hardware

I am unsure of the prospects of Hackintosh come 10.16 when system level kernel extensions are removed. It has been a while since i messed around with a hackintosh, but the last time I looked they relied on custom kexts. Also I am confident that when T2 hardware hits critical mass the ability to change secureboot settings will go away (this is probably a 5+ year timeline). Plus sweet sweet ARMacs.

Hackintosh is like windows, it's great until it's not. Driver breaks this, update breaks that. No thanks. I need to be using my computer not fixing it. All the power to the car/computer hobbyists that like fraking around. I don't.

With how great mini and accesory options are these days I can't fathom why any Apple fan would want to build a hackintosh. Why not just use windows if frakin around is your bag?



#450737 Borderlands 2 strategy, tips, rants

Posted by macdude22 on 07 June 2019 - 10:53 AM in Mac Action & Shooters

One might dream that the BL2 update delay has been because Aspyr has been working behind the scenes on this DLC along with the HD update. I don't think that is the case but I am dreaming it is.



#450709 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 07:04 PM in Mac Hardware

https://www.theonion...-120-1835216045



#450707 64-bit apocalypse

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 05:38 PM in Mac OS Related

View PostCougar, on 04 June 2019 - 04:28 PM, said:

Anyone want to take bets on when Valve will finally make steam 64-bit?

It is 64-bit. There steam executable is 64-bit. For reasons I can only speculate are sheer pettiness on Valve's part the initial bootstrapper that you download is 32-bit. You can copy 64-bit executable into the App bundle in /Applications after the bootstrapper downloads and/or updates the full client.

https://steamcommuni...358239836500807



#450706 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 05:28 PM in Mac Hardware

View PostSpike, on 04 June 2019 - 05:13 PM, said:

"Back in the day" Apple's desktops were far superior to what they have now.

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View PostCougar, on 04 June 2019 - 05:05 PM, said:

Again, the "fantasy world" would be an xMac: consumer GPU, PCI slot-expandable with replaceable GPUs. It's not hard to imagine.


It's easy to imagine but I think you drastically over estimate the market for this "xMac"



#450702 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 03:38 PM in Mac Hardware

"Back in the day" prosumers were apple's bread and butter and they were hungry. This is no longer the case. The G4 mini was hardly comparable to the G4 and G4 towers of it's era whereas the 2018 mini now fills the prosumer niche well. I never expected it to release with 4 TB3 ports but here we are. It's plenty machine, plenty expandable, and I am very happy with it as my daily driver. We deploy TONS of them in dual monitor configuration with Dell U2415 monitors (some with eGPUs).

Idk what this fantasy world of the past people want to go back to but I for one am happy to not have 2 meter tall desktops with an independent port for every thing I might ever use on the backside. I hear HAF makes great cases for the folks that desire a return to that era.



#450699 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 02:38 PM in Mac Hardware

View Postmattw, on 04 June 2019 - 01:36 PM, said:

No doubt this will be great for the genuine professional but no attempt has been made to offer an affordable version for the hobbyist.


The Mac Mini is the prosumer model in Apple's lineup.



#450694 Classic Mac Pro Upgrade Guide

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 09:53 AM in Mac Hardware

Bear in mind that the single threaded performance of these older Mac Pro's is getting long in the tooth.



#450693 Mac Upgrade path for a gamer?

Posted by macdude22 on 04 June 2019 - 09:51 AM in Mac Hardware

The most "future proof" option would be a Mac Mini + eGPU. You can connect an eGPU to an iMac but the support is kind of janky. mini->eGPU-> monitor everything is accelerated to the connected display.

I personally don't have any issues with gaming on my 2017 iMac (Radeon 560) but I am admittedly a low maintenance gamer.



#450684 64-bit apocalypse

Posted by macdude22 on 03 June 2019 - 09:36 PM in Mac OS Related

https://developer.ap...s?language=objc

macOS frameworks are now thinned for the x86-64 architecture. Apps that execute i386 code now fail with the EBADARCH error code. The remaining stub frameworks are nonfunctional and exist only for compatibility purposes. (51236070)

32-bit is decidedly dead. Any 32-bit binaries that ARE still working are the bug/edge case.



#450679 The new Mac Pro has wheels…

Posted by macdude22 on 03 June 2019 - 02:36 PM in Mac Hardware

The spec sheet lists up to 4TB storage, probably similar to the dual SSD arrangement on the iMac Pro. 8 PCIe slots, you'll be able to slave in plenty of extra storage.

View PostJanichsan, on 03 June 2019 - 02:29 PM, said:


That baffled me as well. A $5000 display without any stand by default? The audience at the keynote also seemed somewhat confused by that, judging by their reaction.


This is all perception. If they had announced it at 5999 with the stand included people would have cheered to the rooftops. Only to have the stand tossed in a storage closet by 80% of customers. 100% should come with the vesa mount standard or they should bill the base price as 5199 not 4999.

View PostJanichsan, on 03 June 2019 - 02:29 PM, said:

From the pictures on the Mac Pro webpage, the SSDs appear to be replaceable, but they are Secure Enclave encrypted. I assume that will make aftermarket upgrades at least difficult.


Only regarding the secure boot chain, and only in the default secure boot configuration. None boot volume aftermarket storage, is not an issue on T2 hardware in the default configuration. I have a stack of drives slaved to my office 2018 mini.