Why the **** won't Amnesia start?
June 2, 2012 8:48 AM   Subscribe

Why won't Amnesia: The Dark Descent start?

I've looked up several threads (here, here and here) and it's gibberish to me. I didn't download Amnesia through a Steam client. Why would I need to mess with Steam in order to play Amnesia if I downloaded the game online?

I have a Macbook 13.1 with 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo and 1 GB ram.

The game will flicker as if starting and quickly display a message that it closed unexpectedly.

Is it my hardware?
posted by glaucon to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
C2D and 1G RAM sounds like not nearly enough horsepower. 'sez here you need 2 G.
posted by chairface at 9:27 AM on June 2, 2012

It's not only RAM though, you're also probably short on the graphics card power. Click on the Apple Icon in the task bar, then About This Mac. What does it say under Graphics/Displays?
posted by Magnakai at 9:40 AM on June 2, 2012

Intel graphics are inadequate for basically any 3D game. If you don't have nVidia or ATI, you're out of luck. The Core 2 Duo will handle it just fine, though.

FYI RAM is incredibly cheap these days. I recently ordered 8 GB of laptop memory for $41 on Newegg.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 11:04 AM on June 2, 2012

Best answer: The system requirements on Steam specifically say that integrated Intel graphics are not supported, so yeah, if you don't have a video card the game won't run.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:47 PM on June 2, 2012

Response by poster: Okay. Is a video card install possible?
posted by glaucon at 3:41 PM on June 2, 2012

Response by poster: This is very helpful, too. Thank you, everyone.
posted by glaucon at 3:42 PM on June 2, 2012

Best answer: Unfortunately, no you won't be able to upgrade the video card on your macbook. I'd look into get a very cheap pc, and sticking a decent video card in that. You could probably have something decent for around $400.
posted by meta87 at 7:38 AM on June 3, 2012

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