aviationR wrote on Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:14 am:
Haven't posted in a long time. One of the reasons why is that I am still on FG 2.0 but I long to update to the latest versions. FG 2.4 worked fine for me but my FPS was really low most of the time. When FG 2.6 was released I couldn't even get it started. Hopefully it won't be the same for FG 2.8 this time. I was wondering if the graphics were getting increasingly better causing my laptop to not be able to handle it. If so, are there any RAM requirements? This is sort of depressing because I've always liked FG and now I can't stay up to date with it. I got Mac OS X 10.7.4 but I don't know the name of my graphics card. The problem is probably because I've only got 2GB of RAM
More important than having a lot of RAM is having a better graphics card and enugh video ram. Some of the older laptop cards are not able to give a pleasable result and are completely out of the loop (i.e. ATI/AMD x1000 series). 2 GB if RAM might be enough, and at a first glance the core of the simulation seems to be faster than version 2.6., you can use 2.8 also with an older machine probably, just turning of shaders ... Rembrandt (shadows) is heavy in consuming video ram, there I would recommend at least 512 mb, nvidia card or AMD 6000 mobile series (i.e. 6750M).
Watch out for your "system information" to get the name of your graphics card, the amount of video ram and the processor you run. With this data posted here I can probably give some more hints how you can use FG 2.8, but I fear there will be some limitation in graphics with your machine, in case the machine is older than (let’s say) three years.