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Buying a Mac
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Author:  bakechad [ Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:35 pm ]
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I have been debating between an Ubuntu machine and a Mac. At this point I am pretty sure I am buying an imac with Leopard.

Has anyone had any problems running the current version of Oolite on Leopard?

Any idea how it will perform on a 2.0 ghz imac?



Author:  Cmdr James [ Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:03 pm ]
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it runs fin on my macbook pro 2.33 with 2gb ram, and ran fine on the old one 2.16ghz with 1gb ram.

Both on tiger and leopard.

Author:  Commander McLane [ Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:44 am ]
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On a 2GHz MacBook Pro (Leopard Tiger, stupid me! :oops: ) with 512MB Ram the framerate rarely drops below 99.

So you should just be fine.

Author:  JensAyton [ Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:20 pm ]
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Oolite on a 2.4 GHz iMac performs admirably at HDTV resolution with full shaders. It’s quite nice. :-) I doubt it would be noticeably worse on the 20" with the lower graphics chip option… but I can test it at work next week.

I also run Ubuntu on the iMac, but currently only under Parallels. There’s no hardware support for OpenGL under Linux in Parallels, so the performance there is less than stellar.

Author:  bakechad [ Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:07 pm ]
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Okay – I changed gears. I was all set to get an iMac. Due to space constraints and portability needs, I have decided to get a Macbook 2.2GHz with 4Gb of RAM.

How will Oolite run on this machine? Oolite is the only game I plan on playing and my decision is hinging on this.



Author:  Cmdr James [ Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:15 pm ]
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Um, it will run pretty much perfectly. That is a slightly higher spec that the machine I am on right now, and I can run oolite with debug and all sort on at a pretty much perfect speed. I dont know about framerate, it looks good enough, and thats all that matters to me. The proper build, without xcode and stuff running will be faster, and more stable.

Author:  Commander McLane [ Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:11 pm ]
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As I mentioned above, my MacBook Pro with "only" 2GHz and only 512MB in enough for a framerate of almost constantly 99 fps.

With a little more processor-power and eight times more RAM I really don't see how you could ever run into problems. So just do it! :D

Author:  bakechad [ Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:49 pm ]
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I figured the processor and RAM were more than adequate.

My concern was the lower end on-board graphics in the Macbooks. I keep reading how bad Macbooks are for gaming.

Author:  Cmdr James [ Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:28 pm ]
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It will not be an issue.

Author:  nijineko [ Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:00 pm ]
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i've been able to play a surprising number of games on the macbook. of course, i'm mostly interested in older games, not the cutting edge. i've been playing with descent:freespace 2 for a while now with few issues. and that's fairly graphics hungry. oolite should run great!

Author:  mark_au [ Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:38 am ]
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The only problem you will have if you are migrating from pc to mac is that there is no joystick support.. most annoying

Author:  nijineko [ Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:45 am ]
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that's what usboverdrive is for!!! ^^

Author:  harry747 [ Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:49 pm ]
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if you get an analogue joystick to work using USB overdrive, please let me know how.

Author:  Zbond-Zbond [ Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:38 am ]
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I have run Oolite on Leopard (10.5.1) and it was visually very crisp
I liked it -- no probs at all
....although I junked Leopard for work-related reasons: yes, I know, very poor prioritising!

& an almost, but not quite, unrelated Q., what's MacMini like?

Author:  ovvldc [ Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:03 pm ]
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My concern was the lower end on-board graphics in the Macbooks. I keep reading how bad Macbooks are for gaming.
That used to be very much the case. Nowadays, all new MacBooks have nVidia 9400M units integrated, and they manage reasonably. A lot more than the previous Intel GMA units, anyway.

Best wishes,

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