While we wait (Soon™) for CCP to get back to us on the relative Wine instability for OSX, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve embarked upon to hopefully address and resolve the frequent crashes and unexplained lockups when docking, undocking or jumping gates.
Here are the graphics settings I’m using in EVE for multiple clients (I’m averaging between 50-55 FPS across all 3):
□ GPU Particles
□ Resource Cache Enabled
Anti-Aliasing ◁ Disabled
Post Processing ◁ Low
Shader Quality ◁ Medium
Texture Quality ◁ High
LOD Quality ◁ Medium
Shadow Quality ◁ Disabled
To go beyond this in an attempt to fix any underlying instability issues, you’ll need access to Terminal to run these commands:
cd /Users//Library/Application\ Support/EVE\ Online/p_drive/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/CCP/EVE/SharedCache/wine
pico -w settings.reg
You’ll want to add one or more of the various line options listed here. You can get the VideoPCIDeviceID and VideoPCIVendorID from About This Mac » System Report » Graphics. I’ve also read that changing the FixedVShaderLimit to 275 also works. The settings you want to change is between the =" " marks at the end.
When done, save the file by pressing Control-O and overwrite to save.
Next, we want to change the permissions on this so the EVE Launcher doesn’t undo our hard efforts. Run this final command:
chmod 444 settings.reg
Note that if you choose to re-edit the settings.reg file you’ll need to change the permissions back temporarily with this command:
chmod 644 settings.reg
Disclaimer: I assume no responsibility for anything you screw up, but this has been (and continues to be) tested on my end.
One other thing I wanted to mention in passing. It’s a good idea to run your Activity Monitor in the background because when EVE locks up and you’re relegated to Force Quit the applications some of the processes keep running in the background (I found several running in excess of 50% CPU each).
In addition, it might help to open the CPU Usage, CPU History and GPU History windows to determine at what point things go haywire.