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  1. #1

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    Jan 21, 2009
    Empire Total War On Mac?
    Hi Folks,

    In a nutshell my question is - can Empire Total War be played on a MacBook which has a Windows partition?

    I'm been running Windows on my Macbook after partitioning the hard drive a few months back and my son and I have happily played Rome Total War with no problems.

    Having heard about ETW I read up a bit on it and though the forums show lots of problems with bugs / patches plus frustration with having to operate the game through Steam we nevertheless decided to buy the game and give it a try.

    I loaded it on to my Windows today and everything seems to go okay apart from having to change the filesystem from FAT32 to NTFS, which was easy enough to do thanks to the article I was directed to.

    I haven't been able to launch the game but I think this may be down to the Steam client which you have to use.

    However, I'm now also concerned my system may not be able to run the game if I were able to launch it. My Windows set up has 30gb of hard drive space with 2gb of RAM, which meets the specs, but I've been told my graphics card is 'integrated' which I'm led to believe is not up to requirement? Can anyone advise me if this is so? Is it possible to change or upgrade to another graphics card that will work?
    Any help would be most gratefully received.

    Thank you,
    PS - my specs:
    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version: 1.31f0
    Serial Number: WQ808H7F0P1
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled
    Intel GMA X3100:

    Chipset Model: GMA X3100
    Type: Display
    Bus: Built-In
    VRAM (Total): 144 MB
    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
    Device ID: 0x2a02
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Color LCD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Depth: 32-bit Color
    Built-In: Yes
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Display Connector:
    Status: No display connected

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Jan 21, 2009
    Can Empire Total War Be Played On A Mac?
    It seems like a simple enough question, but I can't seem to find a definite answer.

    More experienced game sites say even the new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT aren't going to deliver a 'satisfactory gaming experience".

    Has anyone played ETW on any of the Macs, and if so what's the verdict?

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jan 21, 2009
    I guess it can't be THAT simple a question if 49 people have viewed this and nobody has any idea!!!

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Depends on which Mac you have - system requirements per Steam are:

    Supported OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista™
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® or greater or AMD® Athlon® equivalent CPU
    Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP,) 2 GB RAM (Vista™)
    Graphics: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible hardware accelerated video card with shader version 2.0 support, 256 MB video memory
    Display: Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
    Sound: Directx9.0c compatible sound card
    Hard Drive: 15 GB free hard disk space formatted as NTFS
    Peripherals: Windows compatible mouse and keyboard
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  5. #5

    Member Since
    Feb 28, 2010
    Hello everyone I have played the game on my mac, the only problem I think is that I have my graphic card which is GMA 950, I can play it but slowly, and since I cannot ask a question there because it takes too much times, I am going to past it here:

    Hello to all,
    I have mac, and i have partitioned with windows xp.
    I have bought the game Empire Total War. I have install without any problems steam and the game. But it play with low requirements. It loads but slowly but it plays. I need to play it with at least medium requirements or high. My CPU is 2.0 and it requires 2.4. Many people told me that the CPU does matter, but the graphic card and the SDRAM is more important, however I meet all the rest, except maybe the graphic card and the CPU. have macbook base white, 2003 - 2009, so I was wondering what good graphic card at a fair price would be good for the game and its possible to insert it in the mac.
    Here are my mac spec:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook 2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Intel GMA 950:
    Chipset Model: GMA 950
    Type: GPU
    Bus: Built-In
    VRAM (Total): 64 MB of Shared System
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Online: Yes
    Built-In: Yes

    Size: 512 MB
    Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Speed: 667 MHz

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Feb 28, 2010
    Can mac graphic card be change?

  7. #7

    Member Since
    Mar 11, 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by rtybgh View Post
    Can mac graphic card be change?
    Depends on the Mac. Generally, no.

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