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    Macbook pro has trouble running games

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    Macbook pro has trouble running games
    Hi, I'm running windows 7 on a partition and I am trying to run assassin's creed 2 but it lags even on the lowest settings. Also when I use the website 'can you run it' it says my graphics card fails the test, but it passes the graphics card sub catergories like graphics memory.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    these are my specs:

    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    System Model: MacBookPro8,1
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
    Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 8104MB RAM
    Page File: 1169MB used, 15034MB available
    Windows Dir: CWindows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

    Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0126&SUBSYS_00DB106B&REV_09
    Display Memory: 1696 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 64 MB
    Shared Memory: 1632 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
    Monitor Model: unknown
    Monitor Id: MS_9003
    Native Mode: 1280 x 800(p) (60.223Hz)
    Output Type: Internal
    Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx 32,igd10umd32,igd10umd32

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    Macbook pro has trouble running games
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    The graphics adapter in your MBP is an Intel integrated HD 3000. When in OS X it will allocate 512 MB of memory if your machine has 8 GB of system memory installed - which yours does.

    Notice I said above when you're in OS X. When in Windows, I'm not sure how much memory gets allocated to the HD 3000. Users have reported problems running graphic intensive games in Windows with the same GPU so I suspect it may not be allocating enough memory from the main memory when running in Windows.

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    Macbook pro has trouble running games

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    thanks for the reply.

    Is there any way i can allocate more memory when in windows?

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    Macbook pro has trouble running games
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    Quote Originally Posted by kippo268 View Post
    thanks for the reply.

    Is there any way i can allocate more memory when in windows?
    Not that I know of. The discrete graphic controllers don't have that problem because the VRAM is included with the chipset and Windows "sees" that OK. But with the integrated chipsets like yours and others, it seems like Windows just uses the default amount. (256 MB)

    Also, the HD 3000 performs well when gaming in OS X, but it's a rather mediocre performer with Windows games. Check out Tom's Hardware site and look up the HD 3000 to see what they say about it. Interesting reading.

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    Righto, thanks for your help. So if i had the same game running in OS X it would be able to run fine?

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    Macbook pro has trouble running games
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    Running the same game in OS X would probably surprise you how well it plays when compared to Windows. I know that Windows games are more popular and it seems as though all the good ones are for Windows. But Mac games are starting to rise to the level. I no longer buy Windows games and my iMac has plenty of horse power to run most of them.

    Only exception for me is MS Flight Simulator X.

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