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#21 Eric5h5

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 04:28 PM

View PostAskilfeasd, on November 4th 2006, 12:53 PM, said:

Boy, you guys are making me feel worse and worse about my 7500.  :angry:

There's no need for that.  After all, your 7500 is better than drawing a bunch of scribbles on a pad of paper with some crayons and then flipping through the pages.  Slightly.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 07:58 PM

Actually, when loading a Flash or graphic-heavy webpage, I found that I can use a pad of paper easier.
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:42 AM

I'll give you my magic marker and pad of paper for your macbook.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:26 AM

go to macgamestore.com and look for the games under digital download section.  this way, you wont have to carry around those pesky CD/DVDs.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:19 PM

A helpful thread cause my wife wants to upgrade her G3 ibook to get some PC game playing accomplished.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 07:00 PM

Games that run good on my core solo mini (yes you can play games on a mini) with 512MB of RAM:

Call of Duty (lowest settings)
Legion Arena (highest settings)
Civ III
Age of Empires II
Ghost Recon (highest settings)
Redline (highest settings)
Unreal Tournament (highest settings)
Starcraft
Eternal Lands

Games that run ok or bad:

Call of Duty 2 demo (ok-ish but crashes)
Quake 4 demo (bad)
Second Life (ok)
Lego StarWars demo (crashes straight away)

I've heard that CoD2 runs good with 1GB or more of RAM on a mini.

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 10:40 PM

View PostTimmy, on November 26th 2006, 07:00 PM, said:

Games that run good on my core solo mini (yes you can play games on a mini) with 512MB of RAM:

Call of Duty (lowest settings)
Legion Arena (highest settings)
Civ III
Age of Empires II
Ghost Recon (highest settings)
Redline (highest settings)
Unreal Tournament (highest settings)
Starcraft
Eternal Lands

Games that run ok or bad:

Call of Duty 2 demo (ok-ish but crashes)
Quake 4 demo (bad)
Second Life (ok)
Lego StarWars demo (crashes straight away)

I've heard that CoD2 runs good with 1GB or more of RAM on a mini.

Could you verify these are all native Mac games your running? (I assume so.) And no Boot Camp action. Thanks!

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:36 AM

All mac OS X, I want to install XP for some games but i haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 04:09 AM

View Postbookman, on November 3rd 2006, 12:35 PM, said:

Also, the Half Life 2 demo worked pretty well, despite autosave crashes.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 07:15 AM

View PostTimmy, on November 27th 2006, 01:36 AM, said:

All mac OS X, I want to install XP for some games but i haven't gotten around to it yet.

Thanks Tim!

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 09:15 AM

Though I recall having a hard time finding some of the files you need to get the OSX port of Unreal Tournament running.

And a lot of the game doesn't work, since the port didn't really get finished. It locks up when looking for multiplayer games, etc.

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 02:53 PM

View Postwal9000, on November 28th 2006, 04:15 AM, said:

Though I recall having a hard time finding some of the files you need to get the OSX port of Unreal Tournament running.

And a lot of the game doesn't work, since the port didn't really get finished. It locks up when looking for multiplayer games, etc.

Yeah i notice that; even the single player missions aren't finished and it does seem a bit buggy al-round.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 04:41 PM

If I were looking to play games on a MacBook, in all seriousness I would install WindowsXP into BootCamp. There are a crazy number of great, free games out for PC across all possible genres, and many don't necessarily need a great secondary graphics processor.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 06:22 PM

View Posthambone, on December 1st 2006, 04:41 PM, said:

If I were looking to play games on a MacBook, in all seriousness I would install WindowsXP into BootCamp. There are a crazy number of great, free games out for PC across all possible genres, and many don't necessarily need a great secondary graphics processor.

I wonder with Boot Camp/WinXP installed on a MacBook what would be the min PC System game requirement that one could expect decent performance- processor speed and graphics/vram?

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 09:30 AM

I've found the integrated graphics handles shaders alright, but absolutely chokes with polycount. I can run WoW with no major hit between low and mid-range settings, but regardless it slows to a crawl when a lot is on-screen.
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 03:55 PM

Melty Blood works great on those low end macbooks.
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 03:56 PM

What I don't get is how some people seem to mean that you can't run ANY game other than puzzle games on a GMA950 or an older Radeon like a 9200 even older games. Some have even suggested that you'd have to turn down the detail in Alice on a 9200 when it fact you can max it out. I bet they'd also say UT'99 would need for you to turn down the detail when in fact you can max that out too out and put in the S3TC textures. Heck, I was even able to do that on an older GMA and have great performance believe it or not. So don't let them discourage you from trying even older games on there. Pretty much any Quake 3 Arena game should run good on there too and not on low detail in fact I just installed Star Trek Voyager Elite Force on the aforementioned older GMA and maxxed it out and it runs great.

So no you can't just run 2D Games or Puzzle games. There's a lot of games out there that don't even require a 9200.
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Alex Delarg, A Clockwork Orange said:

It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.

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Slower and faster? I'm sorry to hear such good news?

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 04:04 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Just because the GMA950s can't run recent titles perfectly(and I'm talking about titles that require bump mapping, and addtional geometry), doesn't mean it can't run games from 9 years ago or other recent games that don't require a great graphics card inorder to run them. Melty Blood for example doesn't need 256 mb vram radeon X1xxx type of card to run.
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Posted 03 December 2006 - 04:04 PM

View PostDrinniol, on December 3rd 2006, 08:30 AM, said:

I've found the integrated graphics handles shaders alright, but absolutely chokes with polycount. I can run WoW with no major hit between low and mid-range settings, but regardless it slows to a crawl when a lot is on-screen.

Probably because they only have software T&L.
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Alex Delarg, A Clockwork Orange said:

It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.

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Slower and faster? I'm sorry to hear such good news?

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