Older C2D White Macbook can't handle VMWare?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Patman, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Patman macrumors newbie

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    Running an older (2007) White macbook. Has the 2.0ghz C2D with 4 GB (3 recognized) system memory. Upgraded to a newer 250gb 5400rpm HD and the VMware fusion unity is still a horrible experience. Trying to run Visual Studio on the win7 platform. OSX is snow leopard, fully updated.

    I've installed VM Tools and I'm giving the VM 2 GB of my memory.

    What else can I do to boost VM performance, short of installing a SSD (not worth it for a 400 dollar laptop)

    Would running the VM off an external help things? Is OSX able to use that last 1 GB of RAM after giving the VM the first 2 or does that still do me no good?
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 603

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    That's your problem. Cut the VM Memory back to 1GB and it will be faster.
     
  3. Patman thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. Patman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep, no luck, just doing some light asp.net work
     
  6. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Boot straight into Windows, or get an SSD. Used ones are < $100

    A 250GB 5400RPM drive is going to be s-l-o-w. Have you tried VirtualBox to see if it's any faster?
     

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