Apple :: MBP Freezing Within Minutes When Gaming

Mar 6, 2009

First my Macbook DVD drive was broken, sent back to store and decided to upgrade to a Macbook Pro while this was possible. This MBP now seems to be having problems with the videocard: when I play a game, within minutes the laptop starts revving up the fans to the highest speed (might be normal?) and a few minutes after that, the game/laptop just freezes. This is with Hallife2, Left4Dead and others.

I'm losing ALL confidence in Apple. Is it normal for the fans to start blowing that quickly after starting a game? And is there a know issue with MBP's locking up after a few minutes (due to overheating?)

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Y510P SLI Freezing After 3 Minutes?

Feb 11, 2014

Since i bought my lenovo Y510P SLI i got a problem.

When i am watching a movie/youtube clip/playing a game on my logitech pad i got a problem with performance.

After 3 or 4 minutes my movie/game starts to freeze like some kind of energy saver turnes on.
I put my laptop into highest performance via lenovo energy management.

I also checked the settings in windows energy management tool and everything seems to be fine.

I did not have such a problem with my G550 lenovo which i bought 5 years ago.
Currently i have only 128GB SSD inside my laptop and from time to time i'm connecting external drive.
Operating system: Windows 8.1 x64

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Dell Precision M6600 :: Randomly Freezing - System Often Recovers After Several Minutes

Jan 27, 2014

System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Service pack 1

Problem: The laptop freezes several times a day, since we got the laptop two years ago. The freezes occur without dependance on how much hardware resources is the system using - it can freeze during video compilation or just when reading an internet article. The freeze is typically several minutes long, then the system often recovers and does all the events tasked to it during the freeze at once. When it doesnt recover in ten minutes, I turn the laptop off/on. Then all the files which were being written during the freeze have correct file size but are full of zeroes.

During the freeze itself, either it freezes when the light of HDD access is off - then sound doesnt work and mouse cursor is frozen too, or when the light of HDD access is on - and the light keeps shining during the whole freeze (not just blinking as usual), mouse cursor can be moved (but has Busy icon) and sound plays. It is possible to alt-tab into another window, but its not possible to use applications, run another application, or get to Start-menu. When you try to use the application you alt-tab into, it just goes non responsive until the freeze ends, then everything you inputed is performed at once.

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HP/Compaq :: Envy 15 G2 Hard Lockup/freezing During Gaming

May 10, 2010

Having an issue with my Envy. As soon as I got the machine I installed a SSD and clean copy of Win7. Drivers were downloaded from the thread in this forum section. The computer seems completely fine, temps are well within normal range (68c load CPU 74c load GPU). Besides the crashes, I have not experienced any other sort of instability with this machine.

The issue is an annoying hard lockup-my games will completely lock up and go into an infinite sound loop. The only remedy is a hard reset-I can not access the task manager or any other Windows functions. This happens at seemingly random, whether it be 5 minutes into a match or 2 hours in. The crash is not being triggered by heat-my system stays very cool, even during gaming.

The crashes seem to happen in any 3D game (but not furmark, for some reason)-at first I thought it was an issue with Bad Company 2, but after having time to muck around, I've realized that it is happening in all my games (including Just Cause 2, Team Fortress 2, GTAIV, Trackmania, Battlefield 2, etc).

I can't think of any reason why this is happening-I have a relatively clean Windows installation (need to save space on SSD) and up to date drivers. The only program I run in the background is NOD32, which has not given me any issues in the past with my other machines (I have tried disabling NOD32, to no avail).

My best guess is that it is video driver related. I have tried the Catalyst 10.4 driver from HPs website, as well as the 10.x ALL 8.74 beta driver-the 8.74 driver unlocks more resolution options and fixes BC2 load times, but both drivers are susceptible to the crash.

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Dell XPS L502X :: Freezing With A Buzz Sound While Gaming

Oct 31, 2013

My dell xps 15 is freezing with an abnormal buzz sound while gaming. no keys are working then, have to shut down by holding down the power button. This happens only when gaming(till now). Its just out of warranty and the problems started. I can't understand the problem. did f12 diagnostics, but no error.

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Apple :: MBP 15 - Not The New One- Freezing

Jan 24, 2009

My mbp is kind of freezing when it reads files. For example if i click on a folder i have to wait like 40 secs for it to open and when i click on a picure i have to wait 40 more secs for it to show the preview... It doesnt freez 100% but it reads everthing so slow... I have bootcamp and this also happens on windows.. but only when i try to read the mac partition from windows. What could this be?

I have macdrive installed on the windows side and it shows that the mac partition is corruped. Does this have anything to do with it?

I think it may be some virus or something.. is there any free antivirus for mac?

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Apple :: Macbook Pro - Battery - It Says Its Charged, But 15 Minutes Of Use It Just Shuts Down

Jan 9, 2010

Had my Macbook Pro 2 years now, and the battery is done. It says its charged, but 15 minutes of use it just shuts down. How much are the batteries? Where is the best place to buy them?

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Apple :: MacBook Pro 2.33 Is Always Freezing

Jun 16, 2009

I have a 2.33Ghz 17" MBP (2006). All went smooth until the HDD became faulty. It was replaced within the warranty with a 250Gb Samsung HDD (to save time I bought a 250Gb samsung disk and I don't use the replacement disk). Since then my laptop regularly freezes. Sometimes it runs weeks - with sleep when I don't use it - sometimes after a few hours it just stops responding. It happens relatively often after recovering from screensaver. In the rest of the cases the CapsLock light can be swithced on/off for a while, but I can't use the computer

Till now I couldn't figure out any event that causes these stops.

I ran the hardware test (after booting from the original dvd) for 18-20 times consecutively in extended test mode, but it didn't find any problem. nowadays when I try to play World of Warcraft it may stop responding in 2 minutes.

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Apple :: Rather Frequent St Osx Freezing

Apr 1, 2009

I clearly haven't pinpointed the problem which is why I'm posting here. But since receiving the macbook pro unibody (17") a few weeks ago, all is fine and dandy, but sometimes there are lock ups and long load times.

Two examples are, when using sequential (yes I hate iphoto, I just want something like irkfanview for windows, simple and to the point) sometimes when I open a picture it takes like 10 seconds or more to load. Does this matter with how many pictures is within the folder?

And the biggest assumed culprit of all, firefox. It seems that firefox tends to freeze up for a while and then return to normal quite often. In some bad cases, my computer just stops responding. As in everything displays normally but I can't type anything or move my mouse.

I'm pretty sure I shouldn't have any ram issues, although I tried googling for a ram scanner but the closest thing I found was a crucial ram scanner that just recommends me to buy more ram (duh). So I'm guessing this is probably an osx and/or firefox problem.

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Apple :: Ibook G4 Freezing Up & Asking For Restarts

Mar 7, 2010

I'm having issues with my Ibook G4. I'll start it, it'll run fine for a few minutes, and then freeze up to where no matter what I do, nothing happens, and then I restart it only to have the same thing happen again. I'm thinking it's a software issue, cause when I ran the hardware test, no issues showed up.

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Apple :: Can't Exit Warcraft Without Freezing Up

Aug 19, 2009

i can't ever "alt tabb" out of warcraft, and about after 2 rounds of dota, i can't exit warcraft without freezing up.

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Apple :: MBP 13 Gaming

Apr 22, 2010

I'm curious what the relative strength of this laptop is in terms of gaming? I'm a really casual gamer; I currently play DotA and Dofus, I know the MBP will handle these, but how about WoW, Heroes of newearth and, most importantly, SC2? Any ideas? I'm assuming it will handle most of these OK, but I think the graphics will limit its performance in SC2, the 320 isn't a gaming graphics card, and is painfully truncated with 256mb... any one with a MBP 13 and the SC2 beta around to comment on this?

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Apple :: MACBOOK FREEZING When- Already 3G Connected- AIRPORT Is Just Set ON

Apr 24, 2009

On my macbook I noted that when I just switch the airport ON, in order to search for some WIFI networks, the macbook completely freezes if I have the 3G usb already connected to internet.

This happens also if the 3G pen is only searching the 3G network (after being plugged) and then I switch the airport ON.

Why does this happen?

May all people having a 3G subscription try this?

I do not understand why this occurs. I will try on Monday in the Apple store but I would like to have your help also. For your information, I have a huawey e169 3G drive.

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Apple :: Macbook (alu) And Gaming - Gets Very Hot

Mar 3, 2009

I just tried bootcamp and installed the latest nvidia mobile drivers for my Macbook alu. When I tried playing UT3 (which runs pretty ok to my surprise) within minutes the Macbook got very hot (especially around the area where power is plugged in). Is this normal? Fan started blowing pretty hard within minutes too.

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Apple :: Macbook Pro For Gaming

Oct 24, 2009

I am thinking about buying a Macbook Pro 15". I would use it for college; however, I want to be able to play games: sc2, d3. Is this a good choice?

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Apple :: Macbook - Gaming

Apr 30, 2009

I was thinking about purchasing a unibody macbook and was wondering how they are for gaming. I am not talking about crisis or anything like that on them... but maybe Team Fortress 2, Warcraft 3, and a little WoW. How do you guys think the 9400m would handle those (I would be getting the 2.4 GHz CPU).

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Apple :: MacbookPro - Gaming

Jun 30, 2009

I'm looking @ getting a new 15" Macbook Pro /w 3.06 Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB RAM, and 320 GB @ 7200 RPM. I am planning on getting it as a desktop replacement and will use it for gaming and office work. I know it's going to be perfect for the latter, but am curious as to how it will hold up for the former. The Mac gaming videos I've seen online are very promising and they are the older model. How realistic would it be for me to play games using a windows OS? Also, I am better off getting XP, Vista, or Windows 7?

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Apple :: Gaming Experience On Your Mac

Jun 12, 2009

If you use your Apple Computer for gaming, how is the general experience? Can you play games like Fallout 3 and Crysis? if so how well does it play?

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Apple :: New Macbook Pro And Gaming

Feb 25, 2009

I just recieved my refurbished 17" Macbook pro yesterday and love it. It looks just like new to me and is built like a tank. I have more of an observation than a question, that i would like to say.

I have been reading posts on this board as well as others about heat related issues when playing GPU intensive games like COD and WOW. I am a MAC newbie coming from Windows based laptops that i have used for years. The last windows laptop I used for several months and gave to my youngest son was a Gateway FX-7811 which is a gaming laptop. It has a 9800 GT 512MEG card and builds up heat fast. What I am trying to say is I would never ever ever use a laptop for gaming WITHOUT using a laptop cooler first. your laptop needs the ventilation and airflow to cool it . I am amazed how many post I have read where users are apparently using their laptop without one.

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Apple :: Future Of Gaming

Mar 24, 2009

Onlive Gaming Service GDC 09

read that thread in the gaming forums


The service works with pretty much any Windows or Mac machine as a small browser plug-in. Optionally, you will also be able to purchase a small device, called the OnLive MicroConsole, that you can hook directly into your TV via HDMI, though if your computer supports video output to your TV, you can just do it that way instead. Of course, you can also just play on your computer's display if you don't want to pipe it out to your living room set.

loots of potential in this. I might just need to upgrade to 17" MBP for this in the future.

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Apple :: MBP Wifi - Connect And Browse For A Couple Minutes - Sporadically, The Internet Will Just Stop Working

Feb 27, 2010

I recently went on a plane trip back home and I am having major issues with wifi connection in my family's house.

They have AT&T router/modem (combo?) and no one else in the house has any issues connecting with it.

What happens is I can connect and browse for a couple minutes or so, but sporadically, the internet will just stop working (not the wifi, it still shows my connection exists). I just won't be able to browse or make use of the internet at all!

I wonder if I might have banged it up or something on the plane ride? Since other laptops in the household are not having wifi issues, I am lead to believe it is just me.

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Oct 14, 2009

Looking to do some light gaming on a 13" macbook pro, I have played team fortress 2 on a mac mini at low res and with a FPS config, but was wondering if the boost in specs, native widescreen would make a difference?

I am getting a gaming laptop seperate, this would be as a backup or if I am without gaming laptop (leave it at home, etc).

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Apr 2, 2009

I am pretty much deciding between keeping my macbook pro (in sig) and upgrading to an imac 24" with the ati 4850. With student discount it would cost me 1879 + tax. I just dont know if its worth it for me. Most all the pc games i own can be maxed on the pro,Save for world in conflict, crysis, and some others (about 5). My 360 gets most of my gaming time anyway. I just am thinking that it would be great to have the extra power in the 4850 for some of my current titles and having power for future titles would be nice. Also who couldnt use more speed for final cut express and such.

One game that annoys me on my macbook pro is Unreal 3. It is an amazingly graphical game. The new patch enables comprehesive settings adjustment. The thing that bothers me is that I can max it but fps drops by 65% on the water level. I want a card that wont have problems like this. Im not expecting wonders with the 4850, i would still use the modpacks for crysis, and run WiC in DX9.

However am i just missusing the macbook pro? What windows operating system runs smoothest on it? I have tried xp 32 bit and noticed some glitches with the led keyboard and such. Would 64 bit be the better option? Would upgrading the ram help at all? Im pretty convinced it wouldnt because as for vram i got double the ram compared to most people with the macbook pro, and still notice about the exact same performace. Also drivers? I never even touched or looked at the drivers? How do install drivers on a mac? Do i just go to nvidia's site on windows? If i erase the bootcamp partiiton will it delete the drivers? Will it conflict with leopard?

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Jan 31, 2009

I've been hearing good things about CrossOver from a few people and wondered if anyone here could recommend it. Normally I just game under boot camp, but apparently this program allows you to game at full speed under OS X. Any truth to this? What kind of performance would I be looking at with a 9600M GT?

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Apr 30, 2009

I'm looking to buy a new machine in the coming weeks and was considoring the
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I usually game in the evenings and need something that can play games like
CSS and HL2 which the Macbook Pro's GPU should be able to handle fine.

After doing tons of readinging though, I've read that playing games in via
Bootcamp isn't very stable as the Macbook Pro starts to overheat a lot.

This is due to Apple not offering any drivers that control the fan speed when
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Dec 23, 2009

I am playing games like Modern Warfare 2, L4D2, GTA4, BF2 non stop. I have been playing for about 14 hours a day for the last 5 days, and obviously the fans are going at max speed non stop.

Will this extended heating damage/reduce the life of the laptop?

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Jun 10, 2009

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My current laptop is a vostro 1700 with a 1440 by 900 resolution and if i use any resolution below that resolution, games dont look too sharp.

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Mar 3, 2009

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Apr 18, 2010

new Macbook Pro 15 w/Core i7 and I was wondering how gaming performance is with Paralells Desktop 5? I really don't want to do boot camp, if at all possible, but do want decent gaming performance. I will be using Fusion for all of my work-related VM's but my main Windows 7 VM will be under Paralells Desktop.

Will I get comparable gaming performance with Paralells or should I stick with boot camp?

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I just sold my old black macbook on eBay. Lo and behold, an opportunity presents itself in the form of the Aluminum Macbook in the NBR Marketplace.

Anyway, how does the 9400m compare to the 9300ms that is in the Asus N10J?

I already have a Clevo laptop for gaming, this would strictly be for ultaportability and perhaps some gaming while on the road for clients.

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