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Posted 11 October 2010 - 01:25 PM
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:15 PM
pc user w/ new mac
I've read the manual for Virtual Box and for parallel desktops, but I don't know which to try or how to configure/set up the VM - how much memory to assign to the VM etc. Until I actually set up and use a VM I'm not going to understand a lot of the info I've read- like how shared folders actually works. I need to run winxp in a VM so that I can run my Word 2003 and until I can run Word on my mac I'm still stuck mostly using my pc.
I'd like to use the free Virtual Box unless parallel desktops is much easier to use or would work best for the configuration I want. I want to be keep all my data files on the mac - not on the winxp virtual hd. I want to be able to copy and paste from the mac to Word in the VM and vice versa. If the VM can use/commandeer a USB port I might need to run my canon dr120 scanner and my SONY voice recorder thru the VM since neither appear to have mac drivers. It sounded like Virtual Box could do that. Updating winxp after installing from the CD will be a real chore and I'm wondering how much of a risk it would be to just run winxp sp2 w/out the 100 security updates. [One of the reasons I switched to a mac ]
Does anyone have any recommendations on which VM would probably be best/easiest for a newbie mac user and suggestions as to how much memory, how much hd etc to assign to the VM? Can Virtual Box and parallel desktops pretty much do the same things or are there significant differences between the VMs?
I have a new macbook pro w/ 10.6.4, 2.66 GHz i7, 4GB RAM & a 500GB 7200 rpm hd.
Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:05 PM
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 07:38 PM
10 Gb for win xp is a little low I would go with at least 15-20 GB. And yes Fixed is faster. If you want a faster win xp then I would do 2 GB of ram that way you would get better performance, you would still have plenty of ram to run mac os x while running win xp.
Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:18 PM
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 05:12 PM
If my windows RAM usage has any bearing on my winxp vm on mac ram usage, then 1 GB should be plenty, even if I have to run Word & Paperport in the VM. I don't know how much RAM the VM itself uses and whether that usage is on the mac ram or the vm ram or both. I'm going to start w/ 1 GB and see how that goes.
Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:20 PM
Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:30 PM
I installed VirtualBox and its Guest additions and I installed and activated winxp. But I can't figure out how to install any programs since the dvd drive doesn't show up in My Computer. Do I make an iso file from the install CD and put it in a shared folder? Can I make the DVD a shared folder?
In order to install winxp, VirtualBox "recognized" the dvd drive & made the DVD the boot device, but it did all the work so I don't know how it did it. Per Device Manager in winxp there is a VBox CD-ROM.
Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:49 PM
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