My Macbook Pro can't handle a 3 year old game.

#1 Posted by PeepingTommy (65 posts) -

I really want to purchase this game. Even though I have it on 360, I love the developments they've made on Steam. However I can't get a half decent frame rate from this game even if I turn everything down to low. 
 
My Macbook Pro = 2.26 GHz Dual Core Duo, 4GB Ram,   NVIDIA GeForce 9400M.

#2 Edited by MattyFTM (14420 posts) -

I run it on virtually maxed out settings on my laptop on windows, with a 2.0Ghz dual core intel processor, 3GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce 9500M.
 
So it seems that either the Mac version is extremely poorly optimised compared to the widows version, or something is wrong with your Macbook.

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#3 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4978 posts) -

Hehe...Macs...

#4 Posted by ElegantRuby (516 posts) -

Hmm...Maybe because...ITS A MAC!!!

#5 Posted by Skytylz (4033 posts) -

MACS SUCKZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!11!
 
That's weird, Matty is probably right.  My laptop is about those specs, except my gpu is a 4650.  I don't have Team Fortress, but my laptop plays Portal fine.

#6 Posted by Jazz (2293 posts) -

I can run Crysis in medium settings on my 3 year old macbook pro which has lower specs than yours. 
I can run Borderlands and Mass Effect under wine in osx just fine. 
So i'd say they've done some terrible optimisation compared to the Windows version..but it's only just been released so give it time. 

#7 Posted by n00bosaurusRex (175 posts) -

Thats really weird.  Based on your specs I'd say you should be able to run the game just fine... and not with everything cranked down to low either.  I'd say just sit back and see what kind of updates they come up with.  I'm sure if you're having a problem other people are too, and they'll be quick to get started on a fix.

#8 Posted by Djeffers03 (2545 posts) -

Don't get a mac if you want to play games. Thread over.

#9 Edited by Zen313 (94 posts) -
@Djeffers03 said:

" Don't get a mac if you want to play games. Thread over. "

True. Thats the only bullet point to get a PC is the fact that they play games.
EDIT:And Macs can also....so,again the point in buying a PC would be?
#10 Posted by MiamiRedHawks (914 posts) -

I've ran this game on my 06' Macbook. What settings are you using?

#11 Edited by amoremono1 (128 posts) -
@Djeffers03 said:

" Don't get a mac if you want to play games. Thread over. "

Dont waste your breath on a thread so obviously beneath you.  Thread continues.
 
@ OP: Thats strange...is your Hd completely full?
#12 Posted by odintal (1095 posts) -

Why would you want to play TF2 on a mac? 
You can't even cloak as a spy...

#13 Posted by NickLott (793 posts) -

I was a little disappointed when I first ran Portal on my MBP to see that the ran way better under my old Vista boot camp than it did natively in OSX. There've been patches every week making improvements and there's no doubt it'll be improving over the next few years but for now I'll stick my desktop for the more intense games and leave my MBP to handle Telltale, Civ, etc.

#14 Posted by LiquidPrince (16032 posts) -

I can run Crysis on Max settings at 1920x1080 and get like 10-15 frames on my laptop, and if I bring it down to 1280x720 I can get well over 30, so I assume I could play Team Fortress with no hitches.

#15 Posted by Codeacious (960 posts) -

It's because of the drivers. Valve has said that even though the game was re-written to be native in OS X, the drivers that Macs have used were never meant to be used for gaming- as such, the game runs much worse than it does on a PC. The only solution is to wait until nVidia/ATI makes new drivers for OS X, and then Apple pushes them out in a software update.

#16 Edited by MonetaryDread (2084 posts) -
@Zen313 said:

" @Djeffers03 said:

" Don't get a mac if you want to play games. Thread over. "

True. Thats the only bullet point to get a PC is the fact that they play games. EDIT:And Macs can also....so,again the point in buying a PC would be? "
pc's are a third of the price and don't get loaded with crapware like OS X.
 
to the o.p.  there is probably something wrong with your mac. ive seen nothing but great benchmarks for valve titles on mac latey
#17 Posted by Lukeweizer (2716 posts) -
@PeepingTommy: I couldn't even download it on to my Macbook. Steam kept crashing. Makes me sad. I want my earbuds.
#18 Posted by Lukeweizer (2716 posts) -
@odintal: You could always use a different mouse.
#19 Posted by Seedofpower (3941 posts) -

Just complain to apple that your mac doesn't work and they will fix it right? Cuz they are the only ones who can......

#20 Posted by eldiax (632 posts) -
@odintal said:
" Why would you want to play TF2 on a mac? You can't even cloak as a spy... "
zing!
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#21 Posted by Psykhophear (940 posts) -

I had problems running Team Fortress 2 on my Mac as well. The game was so laggy, making it unplayable. Half-Life 2 and Portal work fine though. I think Mac can't handle big online/ multiplayer games.

#22 Posted by gunslingerNZ (1908 posts) -
@Zen313 said:
" @Djeffers03 said:

" Don't get a mac if you want to play games. Thread over. "

True. Thats the only bullet point to get a PC is the fact that they play games. EDIT:And Macs can also....so,again the point in buying a PC would be? "
Because it's a shitload cheaper? Because you can choose your own parts? Because you don't want to look like a tool?
#23 Posted by MisterMouse (3561 posts) -

 I am running it on a macbook pro as well, similar specs and havent had a problem at all... and our macbook pros have very similar specs... your doing something wrong.    

#24 Posted by Zidd (1852 posts) -

10.6.4 was causing issues with steam. Valve suggested not to update. This could very well happen with Windows too.

#25 Posted by SenorTrampoline (122 posts) -

Im on a pc. Where mah i5's at? :D

#26 Posted by StarFoxA (5161 posts) -

My Macbook has an integrated graphics card that is incompatible with most Steam games.

#27 Posted by AndrewB (7670 posts) -

I think it's a combination of many factors. The "faulty" Mac update, the fact that Mac Nvidia drivers haven't been updated in ages, a poorly optimized mac port, and the fact that the 9400m integrated is woefully underpowered (my old Thinkpad with a low-end business graphics card got better performance in Half-Life 2. I could max things out just fine on it, whereas the mac port runs merely okay at medium-high settings).
 
Things will improve. Or at least, they will if Apple is serious about gaming (and they should be). The number one thing they need to allow is regular video driver updates. The unfortunate thing is that Apple doesn't really treat their "old" hardware right; they'll be quick to let support lapse once they've released another series of Macbooks.

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