MacBook Air (Rev B) + Virtualization

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by CBX, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. CBX macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    Just wondering if anyone is running a Rev B and using something like VirtualBox.

    Im looking at getting a new laptop and want to get the Air but am concerned that 2GB may not be enough for playing round with virtualization and that I may be better off with the MacBook.

    I like the MacBook but still find myself preferring the Air.

    If anyone is using this setup I would like to know how they find it, ie could it do with more memory/better processor?

    Also tempted by the Rev A Air but put off by the core shutdown threads!
  2. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    I used my rev. A with Fusion and it was fine. I used XP, set the VM memory to 512mb, and it was fine for Internet Explorer and Office 2007. I'm in grad school and have done several large assignments this way because Office 2007 (PC) > Office 2008 (Mac)
  3. CBX thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    How much disc space did you have to allocate for this?
  4. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    I did not use Boot Camp, but my virtual machine is about 13gb with one snapshot.
  5. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    I've been running a slimmed down copy of xp sp2 on a 2gb imge with parallels. it's been running fine on my first gen 1.8/ssd macbook air. haven't really played with it yet on the new 1.86 macbook air.

    Though lately, i've been thinking of trying fusion to see if it taxes the processor as much.
  6. foodcoma macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    What are the main differences between Fusion and Parallels?
  7. Konacoffee macrumors newbie


    Nov 4, 2008
    AR & HI USA
    MBA rev2 SSD

    I just set up my rev 2 MBA with Fusion and Vista Business SP1. No Boot Camp. One core and 1 GB of Ram allocated to the VM. I gave the VM a 25 GB size. So far no problems except for a BSOD with installing two OPTIONAL Microsoft updates. I used a restore point to back out of it after booting to safe mode. My impression is that the speed is okay. I'm planning on using office type programs only. Also some of our secure sites at work need IE 6 to function. I'll get back with further impressions, temps etc.
  8. Loki.Mephisto macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2005
    Germany / Austria - Mozart, no Kangaroos!
    Generally, both serve the same purpose and are working well.

    I personally prefer Fusion, but there´s nothing in particular i could give you as reason - it´s just a question of taste.

    Maybe there´s one thing: i feel Fusion´s a bit snappier...
  9. foodcoma macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Does this perhaps mean that Fusion might be better at managing resources or that it uses less resources, compared to parallels?

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