Parallels, Vmware Fusion, or bootcamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mrkramer, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    I am going to finally be getting an intel Mac in the next few days, and i want to put XP on it, the computer that I plan to get is a refurb of the top of the line mini from the previous generation. I would like to be able to play Medieval 2, first of all will that game even work with a Mini, and also, I don't want to have to bother with rebooting to run it, so is it possible to use either Fusion or Parallels to run it? If both will work, is there a good reason to buy one over the other? Thanks for any help you can give.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    I am looking for pretty much the same answers. I found this article on CNET. It makes some interesting comparisons, and it would be valuable to read the opinions of others on this Forum regarding the data and conclusions stated by CNET.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2006
    USA, KS
    You will not get good game performance from a virtualized installation of windows.

    Boot Camp is really the only choice if you want to play games, as it is just a normal install of windows, not virtualized at all (just as if you ran Windows on any PC)

    Parallels does have some 3D support though, and smaller games play fine. I've played Peggle with good results. :)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Install with Bootcamp, it's free, and you can run virtual machines from it. You cant install it on Parallels then use it natively.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
    Bootcamp will be your best bet for gaming.

    As to if the game will run. Does the mac mini meet system requirements?

    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
    Processor: Celeron 1.5GHz Pentium 4® (1500MHz) or equivalent AMD® processor.
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Optical Drive: 8x Speed DVD-ROM drive (1200KB/sec sustained transfer rate)
    and latest drivers
    Disk Space: 11GB of uncompressed free hard disk space WTF
    Sound Card: 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
    and latest drivers
    Input Devices: 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible mouse,
    keyboard and latest drivers
    DirectX: DirectX® 9.0c
    Graphics Card: 128MB Hardware Accelerated video card with Shader 1 supportand the latest drivers. Must be 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible.
    Display Resolution: 1024 x 768
    Multiplayer: Internet (TCP / IP) play supported;
    Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers;
    LAN play requires Network card.
  6. thread starter macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    thanks for the information. It looks like the GPU in the mini may not be quite good enough for it, but if anyone has run this game on a mini let me know. so since that probably won't work, I will probably use the older Medieval Total War, that only required a GPU with 16Mbs of Vram and direct x 8.1 support, so can any of the virtulizations emulate at least that?

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