LabView on MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ChickenSwartz, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    I am debating between buying a black MacBook and a MacBook Pro. I am a graduate student in an engineering lap (Windows computers only). I have racked my brain to come up with a list of all the apps I am going to using trying to decide between the MB and MBP. The only app that I thought of that might require the "better" machine is LabView. I am going to be buying the student edition for VI creation and editing only, I will not be collecting data on this computer, just using it to take my work home. Does anyone have any expereince using LabView on a MacBook?

    BTW, here are the requirements for the student edition install:
    * Macintosh
    * Processor: G3 or better
    * RAM: 256 MB
    * Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
    * Operating System: Mac OS X (10.3 or later)
    * Disk Space: 500 MB

    From this I assume there should be no problem, but I wanted to see if anyone had first hand knowledge.
     
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I've not used it on a Macbook, but we have LabView installed on some reasonably old PCs (think <2GHz P4) in our lab, and VI creation was never a laggy issue. Data collecting, as you mentioned, can be much more taxing. I'd think that the Macbook would be plenty.
     
  3. ChickenSwartz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I assume you work in a lab, correct?

    Am I nuts for choosing a MB over MBP?

    At this point I am really debating between portability and battery life versus power.

    I just can't think of much that the extra graphics will give me since I don't do any gaming any more :( .
     
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Yep, I work in a semiconductor research facility, where we use LabView to control some of the equipment. I think that a MB would be fine for your stated needs. I'm like you, not a gamer anymore, and am considering a MB when my powerbook comes due for replacement.
     

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