Older C2D White Macbook can't handle VMWare?

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

  1. Patman macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2003
    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 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    That's your problem. Cut the VM Memory back to 1GB and it will be faster.
  3. Patman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2003
  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
  5. Patman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2003
    yep, no luck, just doing some light asp.net work
  6. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    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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