To Mac or not to Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Trusteft, May 30, 2016.

  1. Trusteft macrumors regular

    Trusteft

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    Considering getting a previous model Macbook to install XP (32bit) on it with bootcamp. I assume that is the only way to install Windows XP on it.
    I have my eyes on a Macbook (used) which has a C2D on it and a Nvidia 320m or something like that.
    It's either 2009 or 2010 model. The white one.
    My question is, how smooth should I expect the XP to work on it.
    Performance wise, would this system be faster than an Atom D2700 CPU with a Radeon 7410m?

    Mostly for games, Windows XP and earlier.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    If you play games mostly Windows only, then Windows XP.
    But, I guess, the system should be a bit faster than Atom D2700. Graphic performance might be better.
     
  3. Trusteft thread starter macrumors regular

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    Eh, what? What do you mean with your first sentence?
     
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Current situation of gaming is Mac OS X has far fewer games available than Windows.
    I don't know which game you frequently play, but if games you play are mostly only available on Windows. Then you should install Windows XP. If those games also have Mac version, then you can choose to install Mac.
     
  5. Trusteft thread starter macrumors regular

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    This was never an issue or question of mine. I am not asking if I should choose Windows XP over Mac OS. But If I should (or not) buy and use an old Mac laptop to install XP on it instead of buying a PC.
     
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Ugh! Sorry for misunderstanding your question!

    If you are interested in Atom D2700 and Intel C2D, then I would choose C2D if I were you.
    Nvidia 320m is not a really powerful GPU. But driver is more stable.
    I would choose a used MacBook.
     
  7. Trusteft thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.
     
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Could not help you much. I am sorry.
    Thank you for your kindness.
     
  9. Trusteft thread starter macrumors regular

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    You tried, thank you.
     
  10. Trusteft thread starter macrumors regular

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    Has anyone tried to install Windows XP on a recent mac laptop model? I know bootcamp depending on the model of computer stopped supporting Windows XP several years ago (around 2010), but is it impossible to install XP on a mac laptop if not on current models, a few years older?
     
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Driver may be a problem, especially for keyboard and trackpad.
     
  12. xrc6 macrumors newbie

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    I installed Windows 10 on mine once before. Apple's Windows 10 drivers work fine as far as all the buttons and stuff working as they should but with Windows, it ran much warmer and was very, very slow and sleeping and waking. Usually had to wait at least 45 seconds for it to wake up. But W10 was new and maybe Apple didn't get all the kinks worked out for it at the time.

    However with XP, it might be a different story since it's no longer supported. Without the drivers, you won't be happy that's for sure. Shame Apple doesn't support Linux. I would love to put Linux on this if it had the drivers for it.
     
  13. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    Linux works just fine on a Mac Pro (at least the 4,1/5,1 variants), and there are any number of install stories about Linux on various MBP versions. So I don't see why it wouldn't work for you.
     

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