7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2007 9:01 AM by Mark Steele1
BillRey Level 1 Level 1
Hi everyone, this is my first post here,

Just bought a brand new MacBook Pro (great), but I have a few problems with select apps, all of which are OpenGL-based:

Wings 3D (http://www.wings3d.com/), freezes the entire system hard. Nothing reacts and I have to restart the machine.

Blender 3D (http://www.blender.org/) has problems with certain features (sculpt mode is unuseable - freezes)

Otherwise I have no problems. What do you think this is? Graphics driver problems? I already installed the firmware update that was released shortly after the Santa Rosa release.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), MacBook Pro Santa Rosa 15" w 256 nvidia card
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    Classic Mac OS
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    Run the hardware test that came with your machine following these directions:


    If nothing is wrong, it may be your RAM is badly seated or is bad, or your disk is too full. Any disk more than 85% full has a greater chance of not functioning well, and slowing down games to a freeze as well as other problems. Here's my FAQ* on how to clean up the disk:


    If the hardware test detects something wrong, call AppleCare. If replacing the RAM with all new RAM from AppleCare or http://www.crucial.com/ doesn't solve the problem, then I submit these games probably haven't been tested with the graphics chip on your MacBook Pro, and need an upgrade. Contact the game developer and tell them you are having a problem. A couple others have reported problems with X-Plane and Civilization IV very similar to yours.

    * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • Bo Boivie Level 1 Level 1
    We're a couple of X-plane users experiencing the same problem. Turning off anti-aliasing works in our case.

  • BillRey Level 1 Level 1

    I rand the AHT and everything seems fine. My disk is not at all full. I am an experienced Mac user, and use the same apps on G5's and iMacs all the time. Having read other posts etc it sounds like the graphics drivers probably are the culprit, meaning I'll have to just wait.
  • BillRey Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, neither Blender nor Wings even has anti-aliasing, so it doesn't quite apply. The ironic thing is that these (very graphics card hungry) apps probably work better on my girlfriends Macbook than on my new MacBook Pro. Something's funny about the OpenGL drivers on these new machines...

    Awaiting driver update!
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6
    This seems to be a known issue with the openGL drivers for the new nVidia GPU. Hopefully nVidia will release optimized drivers shortly. The good news is it does appear to only be a driver issue.
  • Jules Stoop Level 1 Level 1
    Count me in on this one as well. Thanks for the suggested fix! (switching off aa)
  • Mark Steele1 Level 1 Level 1
    I have also verified that turning off Anti-Aliasing solves my problem (at least of locking up) - now I have the problem of a pretty rough looking flight sim - hoping for a driver update to fix the problem soon.