New to Mac Have Questions About Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by phifer8390, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. phifer8390 macrumors member

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    I am new to Mac. I have an iMac G4 that I got to test the waters and I love it. I think I am ready to jump in. I am selling the imac and going to get a new one soon, after they are updated. But I also want a macbook pro. 15 or 17 inch model is still in the air, but I am curious how well it runs windows in bootcamp. Is it just like my pc or is it quicker? I just know a lot of video converting software for my pc along with other programs and it might take me a bit to find the stuff I like for mac. Also do the new macs play well with ntfs drives now without third party software? Thanks in advance
     
  2. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    Any of the new macbooks will run windows just fine buddy!



    ML


    :)
     
  3. phifer8390 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know they will run it, but I am curious how well they run it?
     
  4. Sirobin macrumors 6502

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    They run it as well as any computer with the same specs.
     
  5. Azagar macrumors member

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    After the Leopard drivers are installed windows will run as if it was on any other computer. Just your new shiny mac will have its self esteem lowered. ;)
     
  6. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Nonsense. My MBP looks over at PCs and says "Anything you can do I can better. I can do anything better than you." ;)
     
  7. phifer8390 thread starter macrumors member

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    lol

    Thanks for the answers. Is dual boot the only option? I remember seeing windows running as if it were an application in mac. If this works how well does it work? Thanks again!!
     
  8. Sirobin macrumors 6502

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    Look up VMware. It'll be significantly slower. If you plan on gaming, or anything really processor intensive, go the dual boot route.
     
  9. Azagar macrumors member

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    Yea there's some options out there, the two most popular ones being Fusion and Parallels. Now you're running windows virtually so you wont get best performance but it has its uses.

    Mine says that too, but doesn't appreciate that windows is installed on it.
     
  10. phifer8390 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks,

    I don't game. Really any thing I buy is going to be more than I need, but that is how I am. I want the best. Right at the moment my main concern is converting dvds to mp4 for watching on the laptop, psp, and iphone. I am in the military and spend lots of time on flights and in places where there is not anything else to do.

    Thanks
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Just upgrade the RAM and for most things virtual is fine
    Install Windows using BootCamp and you have the best of both
    You can run native or virtual

    But upgrade the RAM for virtual

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  12. Azagar macrumors member

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    Oh then Handbrake will be your best friend.
     
  13. Ampidire macrumors 6502

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    That's right!

    handbrake ftw, converts anything to anything!
     
  14. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    I second the recommendation for HandBrake. It's cross-platform, easy to use, and has presets for most major video playing devices. You can also tweak command lines and convert various video formats.
     

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