I play with an external monitor and the macbook's lid closed. I'll try to play with the lid open tonight and see if it makes any difference.
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,2
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 8 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MBP52.008E.B05
SMC Version (system): 1.42f4
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT:
Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0647
Revision ID: 0x00a1
ROM Revision: 3436
gMux Version: 1.7.10
Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
System Software Overview:
System Version: Mac OS X 10.7.4 (11E53)
Kernel Version: Darwin 11.4.0
Boot Volume: Macintosh HD
Boot Mode: Normal
Computer Name: EinMacBookPro
User Name: Eingang (eingang)
Secure Virtual Memory: Enabled
64-bit Kernel and Extensions: Yes
Time since boot: 38 minutes
05/23/2012 08:25 AMPosted by DirtyMacheteSo, I tried doing the OS X Lion 10.7.4 Combo Update and that improved it for a little bit. I'm starting to think more and more that it's a temperature thing. When I first turn on my laptop it runs consistently between about 30-40 fps sometimes dropping in the 20s. After awhile it starts fluctuating between the 20s at best and single digits at worst. At this point I notice my laptop is quite hot.
05/23/2012 06:04 PMPosted by Omegathis is what i highly supsect, you should install something like istat or hardware monitor, these are both apps that can give you temperature of hardware and give you a perspective of just waht's going on, it also reads other sensors like fans etc to make sure they are actually working properly. You should see the temps of a lot of things, cpu, ram, gpu, etc and see if anything just seems too high. if it's 100C, it's too high, trust me.to be honest i'd be weary of anything over 90C
I have the GeForce 9600M GT 512 / 9400M 256 chipset in my macbook pro but NEVER use my 9400M card unless I'm on the road. So I use the 9600M GT 512 to play Diablo 3 yet I still have the drop in frame rates. I get on average 40 fps with everything set to low or medium. So every 3-5 seconds the game drops to about 3-8 fps. Sometimes it plays fine but 90% of the time it doesn't. I have even transfered the game over to my high performance external video editing drives (raid 0) over FW800 to see if that made a difference. I get better performance overall but it still drops to 3-8 fps.
So something I have noticed. When it is on my external I can see my drive working. Every time the drive kicks in is when the drop in frame rates appear. It blinks, the game drops to 3fps. It does that for about 2 seconds then goes back to 40 fps.
Another thing I noticed is I tried something somebody on another forum tried. He said he had frapps going in the background and it increased his frame rate greatly. So I opened up iShowU HD (like frapps) and there was a change for sure. The frame rate jumped from 40 to about 60 sometimes 150 fps but then it would drop down to 11-18 fps every 5 seconds or so just like before. So there is a performance gain for sure but it still is unplayable sometimes. Sometimes it just drops down to 20 fps every 5 seconds and does this for a half hour or so. But when I hit a new environment it goes back to 3-11.
One other thing I noticed. If I start the game, log in, then go straight to a game it starts everything above right away. But IF I log in and wait for a minute I see the drive is still working. When I wait for the drive to stop blinking for a minute and enter a game I usually get about 30 minutes of play without all that mess above.
So I am not sure it is just the 9400M since I don't ever use that. Maybe the game is forcing the 9400M when it opens? Don't know. But I can clearly see it is something to do with the app pulling content from the game files and slowing performance down by watching the drive. Hope this helps. Would love to see this repaired. Thanks!
GeForce 9600M GT 512 / 9400M 256
8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3
Macbook Pro 15-inch, Mid 2009
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