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Wednesday, October 4, 2006
 
Run HL2 on a MacBook with CrossOver
9:10 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

A forum post on the CodeWeavers website details how Freeverse Software's Justin D'Onofrio managed to load Half Life 2 on his MacBook (not Pro) using the CrossOver Mac beta. Although reverting to DirectX 7 was necessary, and a variety of glitches still occurred, the game was playable.

Anyway, just in case anyone else wanted to get things running on a MacBook, here's what to do:

1. Install Steam and install HL2 through it.

2. Set launch properties for HL2 to:

-console -heapsize 512000 -dxlevel 70 -width 1280 -height 800 -novid +cl_drawmonitors 0 +r_shadowrendertotexture 0

(Depending on your amount of ram, you may want to cut down heap size to 256000. I'm running on 2GB RAM.)

3. In-game, you can set the following options for a good prettiness/framerate balance:

Models @ Medium
Textures @ Medium
Shaders @ Low
To read more about the process click on the links below.

CrossOver Mac Beta Forums: HL2 on a MacBook?
CodeWeavers


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