Need Windows for Work - Will Boot Camp Suffice?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Red Sox, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. Red Sox macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    I'm craving a macbook but I'm just a little worried that things won't work 100%. I understand that it is able to run windows XP natively, but would I encounter any problems with peripherals?

    The reason I ask is because I need a laptop for work that will be able to connect to all kinds of Audio/Video/Control equipment, which requires serial, usb, and ethernet connections (and unfortunately, also requires windows xp). I'm assuming that a MacBook running windows would have no problems, right? I have a USB to Serial adapter that I absolutely need to work.

    I appreciate any input.
  2. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    As far as I'm concerned, running windows on a mac is like running windows on a PC. You're good to go. Bootcamp means you can run XP (or vista) natively, not under emulation (like parallels). Go to for more information...they make it super easy.
  3. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    from what i understand everythng will work after abit of work on the drivers or what not...
  4. pieman02 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2007
    Well they don't have serial ports but you can get one of those usb to serial adapters...I haven't tried to connect serial cables to mine, but everything has worked in windows BETTER so far than on my PC (both my MacBook, and now my MacBook Pro) ;)
  5. Red Sox thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Well according to the apple website:

    So they make it sound like there won't be much work involved. Or is that just for Leopard?
  6. Kasper Winding macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2006
    Well iam using parrallels 3.0 with Windows XP pro and it is perfect. Iam working as a IT-techie and it is working 100%. Got my old HP Laserjet 5L hooked on to my macbook pro ( using a IBM par-usb convertor). But offcouse if you install Windows under bootcamp it will run faster but you dont get the fast switch between windows and osX. I stated with bootcamp and it was like a 100% windows labtop. ( MBP 2.2Ghz SR)
  7. tj53 macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2004
    New Hampshire

    In parrallels do usb devices work as they would if windows was run natively? (I have a USB-serial adapter I need to use in windows too) So would Windows running under parrallels be able to communicate with that?
  8. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Correct me if I'm wrong, guys, but with Boot Camp you can only be in either Windows or Mac OS. Not both.

    Are you sure you don't wanna use Parallels or VMWare, so you can use both Mac and Windows at the same time?
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I wouldn't use emulation software at all if you are connecting peripherals. I was using Parallel's Desktop and had a few Kernal Panics when I plugged in my FireWire Mixer (OSX tried to use it and so did Parallel's).

    Where as, if you run Windows via Boot Camp, it'll operate exactly like it would on any PC.

    USB connections, ethernet etc. It'll all work fine.

    If your USB to Serial adapter works fine on XP, then it'll work exactly the same on Boot Camp.

    Parallels works great with devices connected by USB - but occasionally there is a fart and it is possible to get a kernal panic out of it.

    I can get most things working fine with Parallels, but there is still some things I have problems with. It is mainly the fact that Parallels right away tries to access a device that is plugged in by USB or Firewire and if OSX was dealing with that device then you could get a big crash.

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