Good enough to switch?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by frankm007, May 16, 2006.

  1. frankm007 macrumors regular

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    I have an Acer travelmate 8204 notebook and I can't stand it any longer. I just like my apple (iMac) too much and with Dual Boot and Parallels I feel I can sell the laptop and get another mac... i need the laptop to run internet explorer. that is all, is dual boot stable enough to trust it for that? thanks!
     
  2. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely. If you are going to use the Windows side to do only light things, you may as well go with Parallels. Otherwise, use Boot Camp (for gaming etc.)
     
  3. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Why in gods name would you use Internet Explorer?? Are you mad?

    Firefox, for the love of god.

    Also, if all you do is surf the web, why do you need Windows.
     
  4. frankm007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I need IE because of ActiveX :( Only way to access the MLS (Real estate)

    and I will be attending law school soon and want to make sure I can run all their tests and such
     
  5. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I'm almost certain Firefox has ActiveX support, either natively or as a plug-in.

    EDIT: ActiveX uses Win32 API. Well, so much for that.

    If all you would use WinXP for is the internet, you shouldn't really bother with it, since OS X can do the same job but better. WinXP is only useful for gaming, since Rosetta doesn't come into play to slow down performance for non-UB games, and a larger library of games to choose from.

    Basically you'd purchase an XP license (around $200) to do something you can already do, without buying another operating system.

    EDIT: Read a bit more into ActiveX. That's ********. Any webmaster who uses ActiveX is just a jerk-off in my book. Typical busniess day at Microsoft using platform specific web technologies to box everyone into their product. One more reason to cheer for Java.

    Your best bet would be the Parallels then, so you can just run Internet Explorer without having to deal with anything else.
     
  6. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    I'm just repeating what I've heard other places on these boards, and you might want to search a little bit more on the subject, but I think dual-booting will be necessary for law school. Most of the test programs lock you out of other programs while testing, which wouldn't work if you were running XP in OS X. You could probably pull off Dual-Boot for school plus parallels for your real-estate site within OS X. Boot Camp is probably stable enough for all of this. It's getting better every day, as more and more people are finding out problems as well as solutions.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    The free Darwine or commercial Crossover Office should ultimately allow you to run the requisite APIs and IE without Parallels or a license of Windows, as they do on Linux

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  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    You're buying a Mac just to run Windows? Whyyy? Jesus at least make some attempt to use Mac OS on your Mac.
     
  9. Killian macrumors member

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    If you need it for law school tests, I suggest you use a windows pc. You're not garaunteed that these tests will work on BootCamp, and if they don't, I guess you're pretty knackered. Like alot of people have said, BootCamp has its problems!!
     
  10. balamw Moderator

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    :confused: The only problems I am aware of with Boot Camp are installation issues and the built in iSights not working (yet). Once you get Windows installed isn't your Mac just another Windows PC (that can also run OS X).

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  11. Killian macrumors member

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    Yes it is, definatly. But it is still in the early stages and if the above things aren't working (yet), then surely there's other stuff that won't that people just haven't stumbled across yet. I'm incredibly happy with BootCamp and I can't fault it whatsoever. I've only had one problem with it and that's just that a game didn't install correctly first time. But I know if I relied on Windows XP to get me through law school, I'd be safe and just hold on to my notebook..!
     
  12. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    By the way, buying a Mac only to run Windows doesn't qualify you as a switcher, since you haven't switched anything but the brand of the hardware.
     
  13. Killian macrumors member

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    Yeah I agree with that, lol. But if he needs Windows, it's not going to be possible to make a full switch until he rids his living of it, lol!!
     
  14. frankm007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    haha, i'm not a "switcher", i've been using macs since the LC2 =) And i currently own a 20 inch intel imac :D I unfortunately bought this Acer recently to be able to run IE and some other basic software for PC... and yes, i can play the games, although I don't anyway :/ So it was a waste... i love my imac! :D
     
  15. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    not a personal attack, but is "definitely" the hardest word to spell in the english language? I've seriously never seen a word more commonly misspelled. de - finite - ly.
     
  16. Killian macrumors member

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    Ok, you put in a post to tell somebody how to spell something! All though that may help me, because I can never spell it, lol, it is pretty sad mate!!;)
     
  17. frankm007 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Mate, you've given us a link to check out your website but no login info or opportunity to register?! How do you expect us to judge a site by the login page?? :D
     
  19. bugfaceuk macrumors 6502

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    Jeez... easy up on the guy!

    So bootcamp works fine, even better, get Parallels and run IE and Windows in a window. I do it all the time for those sites that need IE.

    And for all the ActiveX bitch-boys in the thread, there's not much the guy can do about it if a site he has no control over requries IE.

    Make the switch... once you've gone Mac, you won't go back
     
  20. PuNkErX macrumors member

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    Here is a link to a site with the active-x plug-in for firefox, i don't know how well it works, but maybe you could try it on your box with firefox and see if it works.

    http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/mozilla.htm

    Good Luck!
     
  21. balamw Moderator

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    From their FAQ

    You still need the Win32 API somewhere either running on Windows or Wine/Winelib.

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  22. servognome macrumors newbie

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    I would consider it a switcher. There has been the debate whether Apple is a hardware or software company, which has especially heated up since Apple switched to Intel, and created an x86 version of OSX. Some people think Apple should sell OSX to run on any box and become an OS/software company.
    It seems that with Boot Camp Apple has made the case that it will stay with its roots as a hardware company. Even though OSX is far superior to XP in design, security, and fuctionality, from a business sense I don't think Apple cares what you run. Just as iTunes is designed to help sell iPods, OSX and Boot Camp are designed to help sell Macs.
    Just my opinion.

    I've found people have more trouble with "Lose." I always see people type "loose" or "loosing."
     

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