Switcher needs answer to quick question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by umdjb, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. umdjb macrumors regular

    May 27, 2006
    Washington D.C.

    Does anyone know if the 2Ghz MB with 2GB of Ram will run parrallels or boot camp fast enough to do some basic word processing, watching a .avi movie perhaps, or internet browsing. Basically looking for some feedback about MB owners and their experience with parrallels and their systems specs.

  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Yes, yes and yes. With the exception of games and heavy photo/video editing, any Intel-based system will handle anything you throw at it.
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
  4. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005

    I love it when people lie to switchers. It makes them hate us even more when they find out that OS X doesn't have any software and we're all just a bunch of graphic designers who sit around all day making screenshots of fake software.

    It pwns :cool:
  5. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    I bought a stock 2ghz white MB at Xmas for my daughter and wife to play with, finally removing the last vestiges of the pc world (an old thinkpad) from our home network. I installed parallels on the MB so that my daughter could continue to play some PC only games and my wife could continue to use MS Money (as she likes to monitor how much money we haven't got..).
    I am happy to say that both tasks work fine and wife and daughter are extremely happy bunnies with their new machine.
  6. arabiafish macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2007
    yes, I just switched to a MBP (almost the same as the MB CPU) from a Dell 1.8ghz Centrino, and I use Parallels with 2GB of RAM. It's stunningly fast on both the OSX and XP sides.
  7. umdjb thread starter macrumors regular

    May 27, 2006
    Washington D.C.
    Just because I am a switcher and new to Apple does not entitle you to dispense ridicule. As someone unfamiliar with the Mac and preparing to make a very important (and expensive decision mind you), I am afforded the opportunity to make the most consumer-concious decision I can. I have heard reports and complaints from friends and posters alike over difficulties running .avi files on OSX, which legitimizes my question. Also, after testing some of Office for Mac on OSX I prefer to use the original Windows version. Moreover, my question was also generalized to other PC software that is not available or run as well on OSX.
  8. Smoke454 macrumors newbie


    Jan 5, 2007
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I've found Parallels to be an excellent solution, providing nearly-native speed and, as far as my uses go, 100% compatibility.

    However, if you install and use Boot Camp, you'll have, quite literally, a Windows laptop with fast hardware. Also, the newest Parallels build can use the Boot Camp partition, so you wouldn't need to install Windows twice.
  10. mrploddy macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2006
    There are quite reasnoable OS X alternatives...

    Word Processing -

    Microsoft Office 2004:MAC
    Neo Office

    AVI Movies -

    What codec are the movies in ?
    Google for VLC, that plays almost anything AVI be it in DIVX / H264 / XVID
    Theres also an xvid plugin for Quick Time as well but if you want full screen in quick time you'll need to pay for the pro version.

    Internet Browsing -

    Safari (Apples Standard Browser)
    Mozilla Firefox (same as PC version)

    As for PC games, Parallels will NOT run anything 3D but basic educational games and/or old games will run fine. As for performance I have the 2.0ghz white with 2GB ram and it runs parallels a charm. The only thing you'll need to use parallels for though is MS Money and the games(but there are MS Money alternatives in OS X....)

  11. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    AVI files can be viewed in OSX using VLC (which is free);)
  12. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    LOL :D :D...that just made my day :D
  13. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    He wasn't ridiculing you - he was, in fact, making a sarcastic remark about a completely different post.

    However, it's interesting that you'd be looking at purchasing a Mac, and then also look to run Boot Camp to do things that are clearly able to be done natively on OS X - word processing, internet browsing, and watching movies.

    Your comment about generalizing to other software didn't come through well in the original post. Perhaps you could clarify why you're looking at purchasing a Mac if you're apparently convinced that there is so much PC software out there or software that doesn't work as well on OS X.
  14. barr08 macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2006
    Boston, MA
    My buddy got a MBP intending to install XP via bootcamp and never touch OSX, so when I was installing Bootcamp for him, I intentionally made his partition really small. He was basically forced into using OS X, and I can say about 2 weeks later, he couldn't be happier!
  15. michaelsaxon macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2006
    I switched and then found myself not needing XP at all. I was pleasantly surprised.
  16. simontarr macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2006
    Thank god for that- someone buying a macbook and not using OS X! That would have been criminal.
  17. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    I think you jumped the gun slightly. He wasn't ridiculing you at all. May I ask why you are interested in purchasing a Mac when you wish to do even the most basic tasks in windows? Perhaps sticking with a windows laptop would better suite your needs?
  18. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    2.0 C2D with 2GB will definitely run Windows in Parallel just for Word Processing but OSX has Microsoft Word...

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