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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:12 am    Post subject: Getting a MacBook? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Should I get a badly-specced Dell laptop or a Macbook? If the Macbook is the best option, when do the new models come out? Should I get an older model?

[Edit] I'll be running Linux and Windows -- under Bootcamp? -- too (I may can Mac OS in favour of Linux if it proves too tedious).

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

To be honest- my experience so far is that it is better to keep XP well away from Apple. Bootcamp worked flawlessly until I updated to Leopard. Leopard is an awesome OS, but for some reason which I can't quite fathom, XP under bootcamp flakes out and the computer seems to just turn off with no apparent reason.

VMware Fusion is OK but I really want them to improve the graphics capability, as it is like running my old Dell GX150 Optiplex Shocked

Oh heck what the hell- just go for a Macbook, they are just better on the eyes Cool Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Its weird you are having problems with bootcamp under Leopard, mine works fine.

What happens, it just powers down after a while?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Re: Getting a MacBook? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

brinxmat wrote:
Should I get a badly-specced Dell laptop or a Macbook? If the Macbook is the best option, when do the new models come out? Should I get an older model?

[Edit] I'll be running Linux and Windows -- under Bootcamp? -- too (I may can Mac OS in favour of Linux if it proves too tedious).


I have a MacBook pro and have no problems running XP under bootcamp, infact it is really fast running XP.

I also run it under VMWare fusion but the performance is not great in fusion at the moment. I have talked to the developers and they are working on improveing performance, especially when both cores are turned on.

I must admit I love my MacBook, the only problem I have is that it gets really hot, apart from that its a great machine, I run two versions of XP, Red Hat Server 64 and leopard on it with no problems at all.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for all the help. I quite fancy the MacBook, if only because it is better specced than the Dell and that I can do WebObjects development (since Apple seems to have put wind back in that projects sails). Being able to boot all systems is a boon.

The heat shouldn't be a problem, it's too cold in Norway anyway.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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What happens, it just powers down after a while?



Yes. completely at random- no warning. But it never happens when Leopard is running- well yes and no. If I haven't run bootcam for a while I get no problem, but if I run XP, then run Leopard, the problem 'shifts over'.

Can't work it out at all. Confused

Maybe it's a registry thing? Or perhaps I should stop using my Bootcamp partition as my VMware partition as well?

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