Disaster!!! :(

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iwantmymacnow, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. iwantmymacnow macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    I got a 2.4ghz alum macbook back in December and love it.

    I just started architecture school and they told us to wait on purchasing a computer and every single computer I saw in the school was a Dell!

    The friendly guy at the Apple store assured me that the new macbooks would run any CAD programs fine with an external monitor.

    Now I'm not so sure if he was telling the truth or just trying to get a sale!

    I am sooo dead if I have to get another new computer my Dad would absolutely die!

  2. PeterQC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    You could, I don't know, use the multiples ways of using windows on your Mac so you could use CAD without any trouble? How is it disaster? Is 129$ for a Windows license THAT horrible?
  3. iwantmymacnow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    umm... windows isn't the problem... the problem is i have been told that the macbook isn't powerful enough for the programs and i really don't want to buy a new computer when this one is 2 months old!
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I don't know what to say; I know you may need OpenGL so the 9600 may be better, but by no means is the MacBook inadequate.
  5. PeterQC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    So you're in architecture course, one which use a REALLY (graphic) resources hungry app like AutoCAD, and you choice the MacBook, the consumer grade notebook from Apple which use integrated graphics? And you DID brought without thinking twice? You're the one to blame. You don't have many options. Sell your computer. If you were not jackass and it's still in pristine condition you should get around 75% of what it cost easily. If it's heavily scratched and dented, good luck.
  6. Cali3350 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    The Mac book used the very same hardware that PC's use. Those Dells are exactly like your computer. The only difference may be the graphics chipset, however I personally know a few engineering students who run AutoCad 09 just fine with the same chipset.

    Settle down, take a breath, and install bootcamp. You should be fine.
  7. ptsube macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    Either use Bootcamp and deal with it, or sell your Macbook on eBay for $1300-$1400 and then buy this Asus. Asus has a pretty nice warranty that includes accidental breakage. Plus you get a very nice video card and a Blu-ray drive. Heck I'm considering selling my Macbook for that Asus, and then NOT hacking it so I could run Mac OS X on it.

    Brand ASUS
    Series N50 Series
    Model N50Vn-C3S
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53G
    Screen 15.4" WXGA+
    Memory Size 4GB DDR2
    Hard Disk 320GB
    Optical Drive BD Combo
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
    Video Memory 1024MB
    Communication Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Card slot 1 x Express Card
    Dimensions 14.4" x 10.8" x 1.1"
    Weight 6.5 lbs.
    Tech Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology
    Other Features Fingerprint reader
    Bag & mouse
    30days Zero Bright Dot LCD
    CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo
    CPU Speed T9400(2.53GHz)
    CPU FSB 1066MHz
    CPU L2 Cache 6MB
    Chipset Intel PM45
    Screen Size 15.4"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    Display Type Wide XGA+
    Resolution 1440 x 900
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    GPU/VPU NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
    Video Memory Dedicated 1024MB
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HDD 320GB
    HD RPM 5400rpm
    HD Interface SATA
    Memory 4GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type BD Combo
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated
    LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN 802.11A/G/N
    Bluetooth Yes
    Card Slot 1 x Express Card
    USB 3
    IEEE 1394 1
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
    Other port 1 x eSATA
    Audio Ports 1 x Microphone-in jack
    1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Altec Lansing speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad Yes
    Keyboard Standard
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 8-in-1 card reader: SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro,mini SD w/ adapter,MS-Duo,MS-Pro Duo via adapter
    Webcam 2.0 Mega Pixel
    AC Adapter 90-watt AC adapter
    Battery 6-cell lithium ion
    Physical spec
    Dimensions 14.4" x 10.8" x 1.1"
    Weight 6.5 lbs.
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Accidental Damage Warranty 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty - Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge for purchase after 9/10/07
    Parts 2 years limited
    Labor 2 years limited
  8. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    your previous thread indicates you intended all along to use bootcamp for autocad; have you even TRIED installing it and seeing how it runs? :confused:
  9. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    That aside, it will run fine! My friends run it on integrated chipsets that are much older. They only really struggle with large textures and large 3D files. Although to be honest you should have got a MBP. My graphics card has paid for itself many a time when our cheap uni desktops had really crappy cards in them.

    Try bootcamp, see how you get on, I bet you will be fine until you start doing large large stuff.

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