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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

I'm not really sure.  The problem is that it would have to be an ARM version of Windows, and I don't know that it would support Steam, much less the games.   It also makes me a bit nervous playing with the system like that.  

 

It's just a big headache.  

 

The T6 Pro has the Celeron J4125 Processor, 6GB of DDR4 RAM and UHD 600 graphics, so it might be enough to run them.  I check the various system requirement sites, but the J4125 isn't listed on any of them.  Judging by what they do have, it may be enough.  I can always download them and try, or at least one of them.  


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

I think Mark runs a Windows virtual machine; maybe he'll have pointers. Or you can try your Windows machines. Smiley Happy

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....


@maratsade wrote:

I think Mark runs a Windows virtual machine; maybe he'll have pointers. Or you can try your Windows machines. Smiley Happy


Good idea.  I'd like to use the Mac, though the idea of messing with the system disk makes me very nervous.  Not so much on a Windows machine, though even with that I'd be hesitant.  Still, he may have some good ideas.  

 

I think I'm going to try a slightly different route, in that I'm going to try installing Steam and the games on my Beelink GK55.  It's got the same processor and graphics as the ACEPC T6 Pro, but more RAM and better onboard storage.  A 120GB eMMC drive vs a 256GB m.2 SATA SSD.  Plus, the Beelink stays a lot cooler.  

 

I'm updating the Beelink right now, as I haven't had it connected in a few weeks, and then I'll install Steam and download Half-Life 2.  

 

I forgot to add that, with the Beelink I can use my speakers, whereas I'd be relegated to my headset with the T6 Pro, as it has no 3.5mm audio connector.  


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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

Downloading to the Beelink GK55 as we speak...

 

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MarkJFine
Associate Professor

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

Was going to suggest Steam but you beat me to it.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

Half-Life 2 actually runs very well on the Beelink, so I think I'm going to work on downloading the rest of them to it.  It's a little bigger than the T6 Pro and a little more involved to switch over, but it's still easy enough.  

 

That they run on the Beelink likely means they would run on the T6 Pro as well, but with its storage being less and slower, and with it running hotter than the Beelink, I think I'll stick with the latter.  

 

The crazy thing is I bought Portal and Portal 2 in anticipation of getting the Mac, but not doing enough research to know that they wouldn't run on it.  Talk about DERP!!!   🤪


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GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

Eek.  I tried playing the game today and it took about twelve minutes for me to start feeling dizzy and get a headache.  This is at 75hz.  I might have to try going back to 60hz, like it was with my old monitor, or even try my old monitor with the games, as I never had a problem like this before.  

 

On my old computer, and with my old monitor, I could play the game for an hour or more without any issue whatsoever.  This was awful.  

 

And I just found out today that none of my Windows computers support Windows 11, save for maybe my Ryzen desktop, but that takes a bit to reconnect to find out.  If it doesn't have the firmware version of TPM 2.0, its motherboard does have a port for a module.  The T6 Pro I got to evaluate does have firmware TPM 2.0, but it doesn't support Secure Boot, so I asked them if they plan on releasing a BIOS with Secure Boot for it.  Still, W10 will work for years to come, but it would be nice to be able to upgrade, as I've always done, especially since, like Windows 10, it will be free to do so.    

 

Now I'm even MORE glad that I have the Mac. 


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

" I tried playing the game today and it took about twelve minutes for me to start feeling dizzy and get a headache.  This is at 75hz.  I might have to try going back to 60hz, like it was with my old monitor, or even try my old monitor with the games, as I never had a problem like this before. "

 

I don't understand this at all...It's beyond my knowledge of the topic.

 

I haven't tested all my devices, but the one I tested is Windows 11 ready.  The mac, on the other hand, is reaching its limits with the operating systems, and I'm not sure it can take the latest one.  So I find it good to have both Windows and Macs around. Smiley Happy

GabeU
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

I think the dizziness issue may have to do with the style of my monitor.  I had it happen years ago with a low refresh rate on a monitor, before I knew how to change it.  It surprised me with this, however, as 75hz is supposed to be less likely to cause this than 60hz, so it's a bit of a mystery as to why its happening.  I'll try the 60hz soon to see what happens.

 

I imagine I'll get my desktop out and reconnect it one of these days to see if it supports W11.  I haven't checked my laptop yet, but I'm sure it won't work with that.  It's too old.  No TPM chip, nor firmware based TPM (fTPM).  The fTPM is what I'm banking on my desktop having, and if it supports secure boot, which I believe it does, I should be in business.  

 

Apple's coming out with macOS Monterey later this year, which I already know my Mini will support. 


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maratsade
Distinguished Professor IV

Re: New Mac Mini M1....

I hope you can fix the issue that causes you dizziness.  That sounds pretty bad. 

 

I checked 2 laptops and both are W11 ready.  I don't think my Mac will take Monterey, so I'll have to get a new one at some point, or install Linux on the Mac.  I don't much care for the constant updating thing, so maybe one day I'll go all Office Space on the machines. 😁