Virtual PC question...

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Omad0n, Oct 21, 2002.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi all, I was just wondering what is the best version on windows to run on virtual PC 5.0? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, I know you shouldn't play games on VPC, but I'm curious if Warlords 2 battle cry would run well on it? And know that's not the only reason I'm getting a windows OS. I've got a new MDD 867 maching with over 600 megs of ram. Again thanks for any advice.
     
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    edesignuk

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    Either W2K Pro or WinXP Pro with all the eye candy turned off, both run at an *acceptable* speed.
     
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    madamimadam

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    I go with XP with no eye candy

    I think XP runs really well and I am only on an SP 533 ("only" in comparison your machine but I think my 533 is fast :) )

    As for the game... I have never played it but at low resolutions XP can be quite swift
     
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    Falleron

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    Everyone seems to say different things on this topic! Its only in the last couple of weeks that I have heard people saying that XP is any good on VPC. Before, they used to say it was rubbish. I used to run Windows 2000 on my Dual 1Ghz with 512Mb assigned to VPC + to be honest, I thought the performance was terrible. I am sure it should have been quicker than it was! I have not tried XP (Fisher Price Set) yet.
     
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    madamimadam

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    I have to say that at first I did not think XP was all that much better at all.... it was SLIGHTLY faster than 2K but once that eye candy is out of the way it is all clean sailing. The truth of the matter is, though, that you really should try and demo it somewhere before you buy.
     
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    Falleron

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    I have had Virtual PC since v.1 + so knew roughly what to expect. I still run VPC on an old 8600 + it is usable on that (running Win 95). So, when I got my new machine I expected it to be quite a bit faster than it actually is (running windows 98). Having said that, I happy, it does what I need it to do.

    I do have one request! Where is the update for VPC?? It needs one at the moment.
     
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    madamimadam

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    It needs more than 1
    :)

    I am still waiting for OpenGL support
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    How much does VPC cost?
     
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    madamimadam

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    RRPs in US $ are:

    DOS - $129
    Win98 - $219
    Win2K - $249
    WinXP Home - $219
    WinXP Pro - $249
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Anywhere I can umm....one could possibly download it?
     
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    madamimadam

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    You can download the DOS version from www.connectix.com for the same cost as the physical version. ;) ;)

    I dare not get into a conversation that could even touch on the topic of Warez on this forum but I would suggest you get/open Aqusition or Hotline.

    I am lucky that we use Windows on the side here at work so we are all given a ligitimate copy of VPC to work on.
     
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    Falleron

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    It was Version 3 that had 3D support. If you are still using OS9, then maybe that would suit your needs.
     
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    madamimadam

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    Unfortunately not
    :(

    In another sense, though, I fell quite fortunate to be in X
    :)
     
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    Can any one take a look at the last post on "The worlds greatest hack" I'm having a bit of problem w/ VPC.
     
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    There is no support for 3D acceleration in VPC, so most modern Windows game will not work (i.e. almost anything that requires Direct X.) That being said, I remember playing WC2 on an old P90 notebook so it may work... but there's a Mac native version of it, so why use an emulator?
     
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    madamimadam

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    If it was a long time ago it could have been on VCP around V3 where, as per Falleron, VCP had 3D support

    Then again, does WC2 even NEED 3D support.... I thought it would work without but I have not exactly studied the specs recently
     

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