MBA 1.6/80 sufficient for parallels (xp) ???

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  1. markwise macrumors member

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    I wonder whether a MBA 1.6/ 80 HD will be sufficient to run XP smoothly with Parallels

    I have to use XP to be able to use an Access oriented application
    but as I do not want to spend unnecessarily on a MBA 1.8 /80
    Please share your views experiences

    THX
     
  2. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    i have a 1.6/80


    runs Fusion perfectly, with xp that is, i dont think i would run vista
     
  3. wordy macrumors regular

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    Parallels w/XP Pro + SP2 runs great on my 1.6 Air. Update to most recent build for best compatibility with Leopard. I would even venture to say it runs better on the Air than on my old 2ghz MB.
     
  4. ayeying macrumors 601

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    XP and Vista runs well on Fusion or Parallels. Its personal preference. The 1.6/80 is more then powerful enough to run it.
     
  5. ddd269 macrumors regular

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    I'm running parallels with xp right now. Had it running for about 3 weeks and runs perfect. No problems yet. I run parallels on spaces with full screen mode and occupy one of the space exclusively for parallels and switch back and forth from other os x programs.

    1.6 80gb MBA.
     
  6. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    in Fusion, Unity mode is AWESOME!

    i can have powerpoint 2008 open right next to a window of Visual Studio! :)

    it is so great to be able to use windows programs, and never have to see the nasty windows start bar or icons :)
     
  7. ddd269 macrumors regular

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    Parallels does this also, but I prefer not to use it. Feels like I'm disrespecting OS X by having a Windows program open on it's playing ground. :eek:

    It's called coherence mode and will open windows of "Windows" program along with OS X programs with or without the taskbar.

    I've never used Fusion, but seems like a good alternative. Both Fusion and Parallels gives what bootcamp can't... Use other os alongside OS X!!! Awesome! :D

    ...although I do use bootcamp on my MBP when I need processor intensive Windows programs. On the MBA, I just want to browse IE exclusive sites while on the road, so Parallels works just fine with me.
     
  8. markwise thread starter macrumors member

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    1.6 /80 MBA is sufficient !!!

    THX for your input on my question.

    being now the proud owner of the 1.6/80 MBA myself (guess one of the first in the netherlands) I can now confirm based on my own experience that it runs smoothly with parallels/XP ; So anyone still hesitating over 1.6 or 1.8 save the money, moreover if you'll be using it for what I guess the MBA is intended for a perfect travel companion next to your main machine


    It is my first Apple but so far I just confirm THIS IS GREAT !!:)
     
  9. cenetti macrumors 6502

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    well I guess that depends on what you consider "smooth"

    unity mode is NOT smooth on my mac pro (2 x 2.8, 8 core, 6gb ram, 2x750gb raid0) machine. And you telling me, its smooth with your 1.6 2 core air...lol
    :rolleyes:
     
  10. ddd269 macrumors regular

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    Must be Fusion, :confused:(unity=coherence, right?) because on my MBP with Parallels in coherence mode, it runs really smooth (no skips, hiccups with video). With the MBA, I see a bit of roughness when I scroll and when something video intensive goes on.
     
  11. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I have both Parallels and Fusion. I choose to use Parallels.

    Unity is Coherence,

    However there are two tiny differences.

    Unity = when you drag a window is slightly smoother, but then everything else is a bit slow and sluggish after a short while

    Coherence = slightly un-smooth window dragging compared to window mode, but it doesn't get as sluggish as Unity mode and seems to run away perfectly.


    I prefer parallels interface / snapshots and other features too.
     
  12. ddd269 macrumors regular

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    Haven't tried Fusion, but have been using Parallels for about a year and I agree with you... Parallels is great!
     

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