MBA 13" Ultimate and VM Fusion

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  1. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    I've seen some complain of fan noise with VM Fusion and Win7.

    I'm looking to pick up one of these, and I'll have various VMs going 100% of the time. Am I asking for trouble, or does this work well without terrible fan noise for most people?
     
  2. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    Multiple vms? Or just one at a time? It can handle one no problem just make sure to get 4gb. I've never had more than one open
     
  3. brentsg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    One at a time is sufficient. I do my heavy lifting on a Mac Pro, but I do need some solid VM capability on the road without any heat or noise problems. When I do travel I'm on a jobsite working overnights and such.

    Thanks
     
  4. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    you can easily run vmware on mba..i have boot camp partition but access it sometimes from vmware...it runs smoothly
     
  5. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    I have VMware running Win7, using simple apps, never heard the fan kick on. It's a beautiful cross-O/S implementation, can't believe how well it runs on a MBA.
     
  6. double329 macrumors 6502

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    Same here, I have Win7 Ultimate x64 and Win2k3 Server in Fusion. They run great. I don't do gaming. I am just doing normal day to day work for home and work. I've not heard the fan kick in. BTW, Win2k3 is running real well in Fusion.
     
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  8. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a

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    According to this thread some people do have noise issues with VM's. I suppose it depends what you do in them, if you do something heavy or not.
     
  9. maka344 macrumors 6502a

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    Is VM Fusion free? How does it work and how can I get a copy?

    I'm new to macs.
     
  10. ecib macrumors regular

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    I am new to Macs as well. VMware is not free.

    Our company's tech guy owns and codes on Macs, but supports business clients in a Windows environment. He recommended virtualbox.org, which is free virtualization software. I have not gotten around to installing it, so I can't tell you much more about it other than it is free, and I have not heard any chatter about it in the forums here (though I have not looked yet). I usually only hear about VMware and the other competitor to that whose name escapes me atm.

    Anyway, you can maybe research that as well as the what other users here recommend.

    Also, as a heavy Windows user for work, OpenOffice has been a great free alternative to the MS office suite. Has not let me down yet, and I do an obscene amount of work in excel and word files coming from customers. Just thought I'd mention that in case it's helpful.
     
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