I was wondering if anyone else has had bad problems with Team Fortress 2 running on a mac (not bootcamp or anything like that) for example here are some of the problems I've been having:

  • When doing anything server related (joining, refreshing lists) my internet doesn't work (only TF2 can connect to the internet)
  • Won't connect to most severs (requires about 2-3 attempts to connect)
  • Takes about 2 - 5 minutes to connect to a server (and freezes my mac - well the beach ball starts spinning)

Anyone else having similar problems?

  • There is a problem with TF2, i have a late 2011 17 inch mbp quad core i7 2.4ghz, 16gb of ram and an ssd disk and it still takes a very long time to load.
    – user33552
    Sep 25, 2012 at 23:45

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I suspect that you're hitting your real RAM ceiling and your machine is swapping when you're loading or connecting to games. I'm guessing you're at 4gb - I sincerely hope it's not less.

To confirm, open up Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) and go though all the steps of loading and connecting to a game. Switch to Activity Monitor while you're in a game, your System Memory will probably have very little "Free" memory left.

You can attempt to free up more RAM by quitting other applications that are running when you're playing TF2, but I suggest upgrading to 8gb (if your machine supports it). It's under $100 and makes a huge difference when doing all sorts of RAM-hungry stuff (photoshop and parallels at the same time? not a problem!).

Or, you can try to adjust the settings down to a more manageable level for your amount of RAM. Lowering the texture quality is probably the easiest way to achieve this, but try out the rest of the settings to see what works for you.

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    I run TF2 with 2gb of RAM just fine on a Macbook Pro. It's possible that OP has his settings too high, causing him to hit the RAM ceiling.
    – AndrewKS
    Apr 17, 2011 at 18:53
  • @AndrewKS I'm impressed. I added a bit about lowering settings to consume less RAM. Apr 17, 2011 at 20:10
  • I'm running on 2GB! Apr 17, 2011 at 20:16
  • also what could be happening with my internet cutting out? Apr 17, 2011 at 20:23
  • Yeah, seriously - check out the listed specs first. Minimum is 512M, recommended is only 1GB (for Windows, according to Wikipedia). Game's 6 years old.
    – hunter2
    Jun 25, 2013 at 7:55

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