Virtual PC Question

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ethan424, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. ethan424 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2005
    I am about to start work as a real estate agent. The MLS is searched through a website called mlxchange ( However, this site works only with Internet Explorer on a PC. I have PowerBook G4 that is about a year and a half old. I have 256MB of RAM. I am considering purchasing another 256MB of RAM and buying Virtual PC so that I can access MLXchange. Will things run smoothly and quickly enough to be used extensively on a daily basis? Any advice or experiences are appreciated. Thanks.
  2. sjpetry macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    No. you'll need more ram than 512 to run it smoothly. Maybe 1Gb.
  3. LimitedEdition macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2005
    You will definitely need the extra memory, but once you have that it should be fine. Virtual PC is exactly like a real PC, so it it works in IE on your PC it will work in Virtual PC. Speedwise I can't speak to the Powerbook, but on my PowerMac G4 dual 1.25, IE6 was very usable under Windows 2000 on Virtual PC.
  4. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    Get atleast another 512 ram. VPC is not fast at all, so you need to increase your machines speed in other ways to compensate for that. Even with a gig of ram, your not going to be running it like a normal pc would run windows. You might wnt to try and build a really cheap pc just for work, you could make a really decent system for under $500.
  5. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    It'll be slow but it will work. Stick with Win 2000, it's quicker in VPC than XP is.
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    definitely stick with Win2000, it will help with the speed for sure, XP is like molasses
  7. cubixcrayfish macrumors member


    Mar 21, 2004
    I was gonna say the same thing, can't you trick it into thinking you are a IE user on a PC, but I would still go for the RAM upgrade...
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i tried to trick the site using Safari's debug menu, and it was a no go, and IE for Mac didnt work either, its a strange problem, and i wonder how this site knows what you are running, kinda creepy if you ask me
  9. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Definitely go with Windows 2000, it's much faster than XP. If you keep the usage to the basics - IE, email, the basics, you'll find VPC very usable. But don't mistake me, VPC is very slow.
  10. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    Yep 2000 ran smooth in VPC on my iBook 366 in fact it outperformed my 12inch Powerbook running Win98se
  11. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Does Internet Explorer for the Mac work on the site. It might work so you don't need to get VPC.
  12. ethan424 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2005
    Thank you for everyone's input. I am torn between three options right now.

    1)Buy a decent PC laptop for work (I need a laptop), and keep my PowerBook G4 1Ghz, 256MB

    2)Upgrade to 1GB of RAM and buy virtual PC so that I can use my Mac at work.

    3)Since my Mac is a over a year old spending a decent ammount of money to uprgrade it seems that it may be wasteful. Also, everyone says Virtual PC is slow, so a processor upgrade would help. Therefore, I could buy a new PowerBook at 1.5GHz with 1.25 GB of ram (12 inch), and virtual PC.

    I am unsure what to do. I like the idea of having one computer and would like this to be a Mac. However, I am still unsure as to just how slow virtual PC is. I need to use Virtual PC for several hours each day. If I am going to loose significant productivity due to the speed I would just assume buy a PC, as much as it pains me and my Mac heart. Any further input on my threee options is appreciated. I am mainly trying to get a feel for the speed of virtual PC. Thanks.

    -- Ethan

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