POLL: how is your WinXP running on your mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ZballZ, Feb 7, 2007.

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How is WinXP running on your Mac?

  1. It runs well

    38 vote(s)
    53.5%
  2. It's okay

    11 vote(s)
    15.5%
  3. It runs poorly

    5 vote(s)
    7.0%
  4. Can't seem to install WinXP

    3 vote(s)
    4.2%
  5. Windows on my Mac? Huh uh

    14 vote(s)
    19.7%
  1. ZballZ macrumors regular

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    #1
    Just curious about how people are experiencing WinXP on the Mac, now that everyone has had some time to form a real opinion. Join this little poll, and we will have a general impression. Remember to write which mac you are using. Write the bad - but the good, too!

    so, I'll go first:
    _____________

    Using Macbook pro, core2duo 2,33:

    using bootcamp.

    generally i am very pleased, although it doesnt really seem as smooth, as on my much older 1,6 Ghz acer laptop.

    Startup takes forever - the little sliding-bar in the startup menu passes by around 20-30 times, as opposed to 8-10 on my old acer.

    Audio seems a bit choppy-stuttery sometimes.

    Had to install it 2-3 times before it actually got all the way thru

    All software runs perfect. Wi-fi and Bluetooth is good - it does seem to get hotter in XP than in OSX though.
     
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

    twoodcc

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    #2
    you could make this a real poll you know?

    anyways, i still can't get windows xp on my mac pro. i'm trying to at the moment with no such luck.

    i did have windows xp on my macbook, and it worked fine. i have sold my macbook for a macbook pro, and i don't need windows on it right now
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    #3
    First off, at least for Parallels, I suggest 2GB of RAM MINIMUM.
    Both OS X and Parallels suffer if you don't have at least 2GB of RAM.

    Beyond that, I've been running WinXP via BootCamp with no problems on 2 MBPs (CD and C2D). I've also installed Parallels on tens (10s) of Macs now, with no problems, as long as I stick to the end user releases. iMacs, Mac Pros, MBPs, and MBs.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    #4
    XP Pro running very smooth on my MB C2D/2/2/120 under Parallels. No real need for Bootcamp at the moment. Haven't really tried too much beyond basics, including internet (via airport).
     
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    #5
    Doing the bootcamp thing at the moment - My trackpad and BT Mouse has been flaky since going to 1.1.2 - I am sure a driver reinstall would fix.
     
  6. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

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    #6
    MacBook Pro C2D 2.33GHz 15"

    Windows XP Professional SP2 w/ all hotfixes

    Windows XP runs flawlessly except for one exception: at boot time, it pauses in the middle of loading the startup items for about 10-15 seconds, then finishes loading. It doesn't crash or freeze and installed properly from the first try. No complaints.
     
  7. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

    Texas04

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  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    #8
    Sounds like a good idea, my Macbook is Windows free!
     
  9. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

    timswim78

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    #9
    I'll answer the question when you use the forums polling feature.
     
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    #10
    Feel better now?
     
  11. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    #11
    I assumed by 10 responses that i wouldn't be the first to vote.

    I have slight problems with my Bluetooth keyboard needing to be turned off and on each time i boot into windows and then having to refind it again with OS X when i come back into OS X.

    Windows is not really used but i have Parallels as well as Boot Camp, at first i didn't like the hit in HDD space but using the Beta Parallels really saves a lot of space.

    I prefer to use Parallels as it is a quick switch back to OS X when i get too annoyed with Windows.
     
  12. Sandock macrumors member

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    #12
    WinXP Home on iMac using Bootcamp. Works flawlessly. I use it for Flash 8. It's there primarily for backup in case my Winbox goes into one of it's fits (which it does).

    Wacom Tablet works fine.

    Can't wait for it to finally go out of beta.
     
  13. Nuc macrumors 6502a

    Nuc

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    #13
    I use both bootcamp and parallels. It runs great. Sometimes it gets a little slow when I have a lot of programs running (since I have 1Gb dedicated to parallels...).

    Nuc

    Edit: Also for some reason I get an executable from a F77 to run faster on parallels than on bootcamp. I was surprised and not sure why this is so.
     
  14. atari1356 macrumors 68000

    atari1356

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    #14
    Runs great under Parallels on my Mac Pro at work.
     
  15. iBookG4user macrumors 604

    iBookG4user

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    #15
    I'm using a MacBook Pro 15" 2.0GHz Core Duo/2GB RAM/80GB HDD/

    I have 512MB RAM for windows xp and it runs ok, could definetly be faster in some areas, but it does the only thing I have it installed for (2D gaming!). It definetly lags sometimes, but it's bearable, the only thing that is a problem is that the game I play sometimes freezes for about a second or two and then runs again and repeat process indefinetly, sometimes a restart will fix it, sometimes not.

    Windows vista is a completely different story. I had 1GB RAM dedicated to it and it was VERY slow and unresponsive, it was unbearable and it even lagged a lot when opening the start bar.
     
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    #16
    I'm running a G4 mini, and XP ran as good as could be expected until one day VPC froze and borked my XP install.. I never reinstalled.

    One day I'll have a MacBook and it will run vista. flawedly.:rolleyes:
     
  17. jalagl macrumors 6502a

    jalagl

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    #17
    It runs poorly

    Since I'm running it in Virtual PC 7 :p

    I've seen a friend's MacBook w/ Parallels, and it runs great on that platform.
     
  18. dgdosen macrumors 65816

    dgdosen

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    #18
    Why are you using VPC7? Is someone pointing a gun at your head? It's your own fault...
     
  19. Martin. macrumors member

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    #19
    for windows xp and mac do you need xp with service pack 2 or can you just use an old copy of xp? also can i install it completely on an external HD and run it off of that?
     
  20. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    #20
    I have XP SP2 in Parallels, and it runs like crap since my iMac only has a gig of RAM and if I give XP anything more than 256 megs, OSX grinds to a halt. I'm eventually going to upgrade to 2 gigs.

    I Boot Camped Vista on my iMac and use that when I need a full gig of RAM for something or feel like torturing myself.
     
  21. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    #21
    Wow.

    There's nothing *wrong* with VPC, I certainly used to use it!
     
  22. ruZZ.il macrumors member

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    #22
    XP on Parallels using C2D 2.33 with 2gb of ram works great.. i load office stuff, browse mac-unfriendly sites and use Origin. its even alright with 'simple' curve fitting. I used MATLAB on it before the universal binary was out which worked alright for simple things but doing much better with the new universal binary student beta. just missing my cftool. Otherwise.. my Parallels VM is great.. always just suspend it.. wakes up within a few seconds.. just takes up too much memory so i never leave it open unnecessarily.
    -Russ.
     
  23. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    #23
    poorly

    one of my biggest disappointments is that parallels so far hasn't released a stable version that fully supports usb 2.0 or even 1.1. in addition, it slows down my computer to a halt, especially when XP is booting.

    however, i've heard good things about parallels' latest RC. not only it supports usb 2.0 and drag n' drop, i heard that it also allows you to boot XP by using boot camp. can't wait for the stable version.
     
  24. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    #24
    It runs, but the mouse drivers don't work. This is because it blue screened after installing the Macintosh Drivers and I had to do a recover install. :(
     
  25. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    #25
    Louden .... what do you suggest he runs instead of VPC 7 to get Windows on his PPC Mac?
     

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