hi, i put windows xp on my brand new macbook. via vmware fusion. and it reminded me of the exact reasons i bought a mac in the first place. when i was installing windows apps, the constant rebooting, waiting, slow response, ......ive been using it for a few hours now.....and now to top it all off, its not recognising my cd drive. it was just generally slow, when i was using music production app. i wasnt doing anything intensive, absolutely nothing, just opeing the app and resizing windows and going through menus....and it was just weak and kept freezing and taking its time. i increased the memory allocation to 1gb....and then even tried the full 2gb of the mac....that just crashed it.......i had many crashes in windows xp, i had to restart the mac coupla times to be sure it was all resetting. then i gave up with the music app and just tried to work with an audio editor, sound forge and wavelab. they seem to be ok, but when i put a cd in my drive, the cd is not recognised by windows xp. but i tried putting cds in few hours ago, and it DID read some cds. the cd drive settings are all ok. this all reminds me of my 3 years of hell with my desktop pc. that pc too once just vanished all my hard drives and cd drives, only after system restore they came back. is this just windows xp? or have i just got bad luck? i didnt want to go the bootcamp way cause i dont plan to do anything intensive with windows anyway, so virtualising seems the best way. how have other peoples experience with vmware fusion been on a mac?? i mean it looks good and it seems to work, but it doesnt fill me with great confidence..... and also many weird things happened too, like when i just suspended, or just changed a setting, the whole vmware application was shutting down, but it wasnt before, ..... just general unpredictability. and the macbook was running real hot and the fans were going balistick, i thougght to myself, if i dont shut this laptop down soon its gonna blow. something was vibrating inside loud and the fans were on full blast and windows was shutting down but kina frozen in one state.....so i was force quitting and shutting down the mac to ease pressure on the computer. and when you load up a package in windows xp, im quitly hoping and praying that its gonna work and i have fear inside me that its gonna not work....this is exactly how i am with my desktop pc, or used to be, living in fear like "is this gonna crash now, is this gonna work? i hope this works, here we go again, et etc etc"....all just an unhappy stressful experience. shall i try parallels instead?? any thoughts most welcome. oh and when i shut down an application in windows xp, and then i tried to load it up agian later, it said its already running. but it wasnt in my system tray, and i checked the tast manager too, it wasnt running, but it said "already running" ,, so that called for another reboot = time consuming and frustrating.