using OSX and Windows

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  1. Thomas Crenshaw

    Thomas Crenshaw New Member

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    so ive seen people have both operating systems on their macs. how do you go about this and would a 250gig macbook (black) be capable of supporting both os'?

    any explanation would be greatly appreciated
     
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    great explanation.
     
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    I dont run windows on my mac, but from what I know that is the program to use. You can go to the site and read the description there. Sorry bro. I'm sure someone will pitch in. BTW, your macbook should be fine to run it, how much ram do you have?
     
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    Or Boot Camp.

    You can use VMWare Fusion (or Parallels) if you just want to run Windows within a virtual machine while OS X is still running, but in order to boot natively into you'll need to use Boot Camp to create a separate partition on your hard drive for Windows to install on, then you can boot into either Mac OS X or Windows. You can use that same partition with a VM too.
     
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    i'll check out the websites and read up more.

    thanks bros
     
  7. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    I've got Win7 and Snow Leopard both running on my blackbook with a 160GB drive, so you've got PLENTY of disk space for it.
     
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    can you do me a huge and pm shit i need to download in order to get this to work?
     
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    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    basically: you have two options: boot camp and virtualization.

    Boot Camp - this will create a new partition on your hard drive (you tell it how much you want to dedicate to the new windows partition) and will essentially walk you through the setup. you install windows on the new partition plus this set of Apple drivers to make everything work properly. if you want to switch to windows, you restart the computer and hold the OPTION key when you see the gray screen. Benefits = full use of the Mac's hardware, windows will be running at full speed with full graphics acceleration. always do a backup before partitioning.

    Virtualization - you use Parallels, VMWare, or Virtualbox to have windows running inside OSX. I recommend Virtualbox because it's free and will have essentially all you need to get started. you run the software, create a virtual hard disk (which will be an ~16GB file on your hard drive), install windows into that file, then a set of "Guest Additions" that allows Windows to interface nicely with OSX that's running under it. Windows (which is the "guest" OS) will be sharing resources with OSX, so everything will run slower. there is also no 3D acceleration, at least with virtualbox (this will probably change, eventually). benefits are the abiility to hop into windows only when you need to without having to restart, etc.


    neither is difficult, but there are pros and cons to each.

    tell me if you want to know more.
     
  10. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    install VMWare Fusion (they have a 30 day trail on their website)
    insert a windows install cd / disc image

    follow onscreen prompted...

    that's pretty much it...
     
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    + 1
     
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    :werd: That's how I'm running it, it's really not hard.
     
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    i have vmware fusion on my white 2ghz c2d macbook. i have xp, vista, and windows 7 installed.

    i found that i can really only have 1 operating system open at a time because my macbook maxes out at 2gb of ram. vista takes the most of course when open. the annoying part is that if i have an operating system open in vmware fusion, after a few minutes my fan is at 6000rpm or whatnot because of vmware is using 90% of the processor. i'm not even doing anything at the time either, just sitting idle. maybe vmware is compression the disk or something

    i ended up just setting up vmware on my server at home and vnc-ing into it. i need multiple operating systems at home for tech support troubleshooting
     
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    Figori Taking BRC to the EXTREME. OT Supporter

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    Honestly, I'm bootcamped, but I haven't used my Windows partition in months...

    And I was a complete PC guy before I bought my iMac.
     
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    bullshit asshole, we have had this thread every fucking week since bootcamp was released. go look.
     
  18. DouggieJ

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    LOL, yeah me too.

    I have a nice shiny new Windows 7 installation I can boot into natively or with VMWare.

    Now I just have to find a reason to do so.
     

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