I need advise on laptop purchase.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by boneca, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. boneca macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys,
    The time came to buy a new laptop. I really want to get a powerbook 15" with Superdrive but what I do is requiring allot of PC power. I need it for work and what I do is (Actuate reporting, DB2 clients, Oracle clients, Sybase clients, IBM apps such as Lotus notes ect. and ClearCase and some other Rational stuff, also Java web stuff)
    I know I can't have it all on Mac it's just won't support all this stuff written for MS.
    Is there a way to install an app such as advertized on this forum Pc on Mac to fully support all the apps I need or I might run in to many issues in the future (such as drivers ect.). If I can't do it with Powebook I will have to get Thinkpad T42 or T43 that will run me pretty much the same amount of money. (Thinkpads are good actually very good if not the best but I really wanted to get Powerbook if I can do all I need in it)

    TAIA
     
  2. ajbrehm macrumors 6502

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    Reporting programs and database clients should run well under Virtual PC. Lotus Notes is Mac-native. Java is as native on the Mac as it is on Windows.
     
  3. wrxguy macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with the PowerBook, Virtual PC, and a good external HD so that you have plenty of space to work with....dont underestimate the PB it is an amazing machine
     
  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    If the majority of programs you use are Windows programs, you would be better of purchasing a Windows laptop. Virtual PC is an irritatingly slow program in my opinion, especially on a G4.
     
  5. boneca thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thx guys for suggestions, I guess I'll get the IBM for time beeing. I'll keep dreaming about PB, well maybe in a future.... :p
     

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