Virtual PC Question

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

  1. ethan424 macrumors newbie

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    I am about to start work as a real estate agent. The MLS is searched through a website called mlxchange (www.mlxchange.com). 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

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    No. you'll need more ram than 512 to run it smoothly. Maybe 1Gb.
     
  3. LimitedEdition macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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