VirtualBox over Parallels/Fusion

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jrabbit, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. jrabbit macrumors member

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    I'm a MBA Rev. A user (first day 1.8/SSD). I recently upgraded the stock SSD with a Photofast 128GB model for more space.

    Both before the SSD upgrade, and more noticeably after, my Windows XP virtual machine seemed to run poorly: frequent "pauses" and generally really slowly.

    At that time I was using Fusion; I decided to give Parallels a try. Slightly lower RAM footprint, but still slow. I found that disabling the shared folder feature helped somewhat; adding the NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate registry key also helped somewhat.

    Still frustrated, I tried Fusion 3; that didn't help. Then Parallels 5 came out, and I had missed the free upgrade cutoff by 3 weeks. Even more frustrated, I decided to try VirtualBox.

    Oh, my. It installs easily. It does everything I need. It runs smoothly (no pauses, good speed in the VM). It's FREE. Bonuses: the RAM footprint is even smaller; the hard drive container file seems smaller (even with exactly the same contents inside the VM). The only downside is a lack of "coherence" or "unity" mode, which I never liked anyway.

    I am a rock-solid convert to VirtualBox, and highly recommend it over the commercial products for running a Windows XP virtual environment (I have not tried Windows 7, nor will I; with only 2GB of real RAM in an MBA I cannot imagine that will go over well).
     
  2. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

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    Which applications do you run under Virtualbox? Because IGave it a try about a year and something ago, only for Excel XP use. It did not work.
    Maybe there is a better version now, who knows...
    I've been using Parallels since then. Happily, I've to say...
     
  3. jrabbit thread starter macrumors member

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    Basically just Quicken. I have about 15 years of data in it, and there isn't a good Mac alternative that will both import that data and track investments the way Quicken/Windows does. I'd dump it for a native Mac app in a heartbeat if I could keep all the investment data intact...
     

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