Dragon Age: Origins on new MacBook Air: I believe my system meets or exceeds the required specs, but even on the lowest graphical settings, the game runs intolerably slowly. Is there anything I can do? Full technical specs inside.
BioWare says the requirements
to run DA:O on OS X are as follows:
• Mac OSX 10.6.2 Leopard or higher
• Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
• 2GB RAM
• ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 or greater
• At least 17GB of hard drive space for installation
• This game will not run on PowerPC(G3/G4/G5)based Mac systems or Intel GMA class of video cards.
I have a brand-new 13" MacBook Air with:
• OS X 10.6.7
• An intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.13 GHz (the faster of the two Air options)
• 4GB of RAM
• An NVIDIA GeForce 320M with 256 MB of VRAM
• Plenty of hard drive space
• (And obviously, I don't have a PowerPC Mac nor do I have an Intel video card)
The only confusing thing to me was the requirement that the NVIDIA card be "7300 or greater." Now, obviously "320" is less than "7300," so maybe this is where I blew it. But it looked to me as though NV had changed their product numbering rubric somewhere along the way, and in any event, according to Wikipedia
, it appeared to me that the 320M was at least as (if not more) powerful than the 7300. (It also is four years newer.) I realize I could be wrong about this, and of course the 320M is a mobile chip.
As I say, I've tuned the game settings down as low as possible, but the interaction is very choppy and essentially unplayable. One additional detail is that I am operating my Air in clamshell mode, attached to a 1920x1080 widescreen monitor. Could that be causing issues? (Note that I've gone down to the lowest in-game resolution possible, 800x600, and still experience these problems.)
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.