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Flight Simulator on MacBook Air 2011

by ilhaguru / June 28, 2013 9:54 AM PDT

I just downloaded a demo for X-Plane 9 on my MBA (basic 13-inch 2011 model). It seemed to work fine, other than the fan kicking in and working pretty hard.

So, should I go on and buy the full version of the game, or will my Mac not be able to handle it? Here are the recommended system requirements for X-plane 9:

Recommended system specs:
A 2 GHz, dual-core CPU,
2 GB of RAM,
a DVD-ROM, and
a DirectX 9.0c-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM).

My primary concern is damaging my computer by having it work too hard for prolonged periods. I would appreciate some advice on this, as well.

Thank you!!

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Flight Simulator on MacBook Air 2011
by ilhaguru / June 28, 2013 10:06 AM PDT

I forgot one more question: if I were to purchase the game in a DVD (instead of downloading it) and a DVD external drive to run it, would this ease the burden on my MBA in any way?

Thanks again!

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Your MBA should be able to run the latest version of X-Plane
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 28, 2013 11:06 AM PDT

which is V10, which is also 64bit capable.
With the 64bit version it will use more RAM and thus not stutter as much as it would with the 32bit version (also included in the Download and DVD Versions.

As to your question, apart from reading the Windows specs, (no Direct X on OS X), there would be no difference between the DVD version and the Download version.
The DVD is only used to install the application and after that, Disk 1 is used as a Key.

To install the app on your MBA you either need an external USB DVD drive, an external USB Hard Drive or another Mac with a DVD drive.

Running X-Plane on your MBA will not damage it.


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