Is there a big difference between these models?

gadgetgirl85

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I have an Oct 08 alu 2.4 MB. I am considering upgrading to the 13" MBP 2.53, is there a massive difference or is it not worth it?
 

gadgetgirl85

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I just find mine a little sluggish when I try to use Windows 7 in Parallels on it
 
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mgridgaway

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Definitely not worth it. You won't really notice any improvement. Have you tried upgrading your Ram in your current machine? That'll do wonders. Also, I'm not sure if it's the same in Parallels, but in VMWare you can adjust how much Ram/how many CPU's the virtual image makes use of. Adjusting these will likely increase your performance far better than getting a new computer.

EDIT:

According to your sig, your macbook alu has 2GB. It can take a max of 6GB, but it's prohibitively expensive and you probably don't need it.

Buy this:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S4GP/

look for the settings I mentioned, and if you haven't upgraded to Snow Leopard, do so.
 
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J&JPolangin

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...even with 4GB of RAM a VM isn't going to be "super fast" and your sig says you only have 2GB of RAM... the extra 2 GB of RAM in your machine would be the more cost effective thing to try before buying a new computer... but bootcamping into the other OS is still the most efficient use of your system resources...
 
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mgridgaway

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...even with 4GB of RAM a VM isn't going to be "super fast" and your sig says you only have 2GB of RAM... the extra 2 GB of RAM in your machine would be the more cost effective thing to try before buying a new computer... but bootcamping into the other OS is still the most efficient use of your system resources...
My VMWare Boot Camp partition works just as well as the real thing for 99% of things I need it for.
 
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MythicFrost

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I just find mine a little sluggish when I try to use Windows 7 in Parallels on it
It's probably more the fact that you can only give it one processing core (or a combination of the lack of RAM and processing cores, I could be wrong though), I'd wait until the new MBP range comes out before buying a MBP.

Are you using SL or Leopard? what version of Parallels are you using? 4 or 5?
 
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