Virtual PC experience?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by heather9, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. heather9 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2004
    I would like to be able to get rid of my PC but I need to be to able to test and program in a PC environment occasionally. I know that it is currently only compatible with the G4 processor. Are there any drawbacks to using the Virtual PC environment on a MAC verses a regular Windows machine? Thanks for your input.
  2. vraxtus macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA

    No hardware based graphics acceleration. Other than that I think it's *pretty* much the same.

    And before anyone else flames you about this, it's a Mac, not a MAC -_-
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Virtual PC 7 - compatible with G5s - has been shipped to the manufacturers. It's expected in stores within a month or so.
  4. alexf macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2004
    Planet Earth
    I use Virtual PC Windows 2000 on an 800MHz Powerbook and it's painfully slow.

    Not good for anything more than testing puposes in my opinion (I'm a Web designer and have to test sites on both platforms). But maybe Virtual PC 7 on the G5 will change all that...
  5. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Virtual PC experience

    Yea i used Virtual PC 6 with my old 15" 1.25Ghz Powerbook and it was still painfully slow. I have a brand new 12" 1.33Ghz Powerbook, but I don't really see the point of using Virtual PC to test webpages. The program is so damn expensive you're better off going to a garage sale/flea market/etc and buying an old junk PC just to view webpages if all you want to do is test them. I have a 933Mhz Pentium III at home that cost $200 and it runs windows XP. :) That's the cheapest "pain free" way I can think of besides going to a library and using the computers for free :D

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