Older iMacs and VMWare Fusion -- memory impact?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 147798, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Does anyone have experience with VMWare fusion? Here's my issue:

    Currently I have a 17" 1.83GHz iMac topped out at 2GB RAM (early 06 model). It really is fine for me (maybe the HDD is a bit small). But, I have to assign 1GB to my VMWare app (Quicken) to make it run OK. So, when I run VMWare, the rest of my iMac grinds to a halt, and my memory only shows about 275MB free and never goes below. So, I'm assuming I'm hitting the disk swap memory limit.

    I can't afford a brand-new alum iMac, but I do have an opportunity to get a late 2006 20" iMac for cheap, that would get me 3GB. If I did this, will this REALLY help me with my VM experience? Will that extra 1GB make the difference, or is VMWare just a slow app that will pig up my system, no matter how much RAM I have?

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I haven't used VMWare Fusion, but I use Parallels. When I went from 2GB of RAM to 4GB of RAM, it made a big difference on performance.
  3. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
    I fully understand how you feel. My early 06 MBP has a 2GB RAM limit, and when I'm running VMWare, OSX grinds to a halt, even with only 512MB allocated to XP.

    I'd say go for any kind of upgrade you can - an extra gig will definitely help.
  4. yahoodlums macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2008
    I'm sure it will help a lot as you are effectively running two OS at the same time.
  5. 147798 thread starter Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like you have a newer mac or macbook?
  6. George Carlin macrumors regular

    George Carlin

    Oct 8, 2008
    I have a newer iMac and had to upgrade the ram to 4gb to make Fusions happy. Under my normal workload i only have 500mb of ram available so 2gb won't cut it.

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