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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:10 pm    Post subject: Intel Core Duo mini and XP gaming? Reply with quote

Anyone use Boot Camp to install XP on their Mac mini Core Duo?
If so, can it play Windows games (like Far Cry or Half Life 2)?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello. Anyone up there. BootCamp lets you install WINDOWS XP on a partition of your hard drive. YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS. This means you can play WINDOWS GAMES!!!! Anyway, I have heard that at least games that run on Windows and Mac are faster under XP.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ranger1021 wrote:
Hello. Anyone up there. BootCamp lets you install WINDOWS XP on a partition of your hard drive. YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS. This means you can play WINDOWS GAMES!!!! Anyway, I have heard that at least games that run on Windows and Mac are faster under XP.


I know you can play Windows games - duh!
I meant because of the Integrated Video Card on the Mac mini, that maybe certain games wouldn't play - ie. they require a dedicated GPU.
Anyone know how it plays games (like Far Cry, HL2)?

I guess I didn't word my original post very well ...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I play:

Half-Life 2/Counter Strike
City of Heroes/City of Villains
Star Wars Empire At War

No problems. The integrated video works fine as long as you have enough system RAM. It's a good video chipset, and it being integrated doesn't seem to harm the gaming at all.

In fact, even though Star Wars Empire At War requires a hardware T&L card, the GMA 950 handles it (being only software T&L). The CPU is beefy enough to make up the difference.

You may not get all effects turned on and get decent frame rates. I have to shut off shadows in Half-Life 2, for example. Still, the game looks great. Experiment and you'll find a sweet spot.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ZeroCorpse wrote:
I play:

Half-Life 2/Counter Strike
City of Heroes/City of Villains
Star Wars Empire At War

No problems. The integrated video works fine as long as you have enough system RAM. It's a good video chipset, and it being integrated doesn't seem to harm the gaming at all.

In fact, even though Star Wars Empire At War requires a hardware T&L card, the GMA 950 handles it (being only software T&L). The CPU is beefy enough to make up the difference.

You may not get all effects turned on and get decent frame rates. I have to shut off shadows in Half-Life 2, for example. Still, the game looks great. Experiment and you'll find a sweet spot.


That's terrific news! Thanks for your comments to this thread. Cool

I may get a 17-inch iMac instead ... as long as I can sell my Sony LCD.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed Ahhhhh, I see now. Sorry for my outburst.
Check out this review of Games on Boot Camp.
http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/gameroom/2006/04/grbootcamp/index.php
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ranger1021 wrote:
Embarassed Ahhhhh, I see now. Sorry for my outburst.
Check out this review of Games on Boot Camp.
http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/gameroom/2006/04/grbootcamp/index.php


All is forgotten .. just water under the bridge. Cool

Thanks for the link.
Will check it out shortly.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a list of games from Intel and what works and does not.. (XP)

http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel945gm/sb/CS-021400.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blueshead wrote:
Here is a list of games from Intel and what works and does not.. (XP)

http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel945gm/sb/CS-021400.htm


Thanks for the link!
Looks like I'm making the right decision getting an iMac Core Duo .. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaron.c wrote:
blueshead wrote:
Here is a list of games from Intel and what works and does not.. (XP)

http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel945gm/sb/CS-021400.htm


Thanks for the link!
Looks like I'm making the right decision getting an iMac Core Duo .. Wink


Yep..If ya want Intel and gaming ,get the imac..better graphics card then the mini, I game, but not so hardcore..will be ordering the dual mini in 3 weeks..
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blueshead wrote:
aaron.c wrote:
blueshead wrote:
Here is a list of games from Intel and what works and does not.. (XP)

http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel945gm/sb/CS-021400.htm


Thanks for the link!
Looks like I'm making the right decision getting an iMac Core Duo .. Wink


Yep..If ya want Intel and gaming ,get the imac..better graphics card then the mini, I game, but not so hardcore..will be ordering the dual mini in 3 weeks..


Cool, let me know when you get it ... and how it performs.
It will probably be another month or so before I order my iMac.
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