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Virtual PC question

by obone / January 16, 2006 12:39 AM PST

I'm looking at buying one of Apples new Mac Book Pro
laptop computers. It has the new Intel dual channel processor. My question is, will Virtual PC for Mac
run on this new machine. Appreciate your help because the Apple sales man was not sure and recommended that I not buy one of the new ones because he wasn't sure. ??
Thanks OB

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A new version will arrive., But I don't know when.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 12:57 AM PST
In reply to: Virtual PC question

This is one of those "stay tuned" areas.


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MacBook Pro
by meatyocre / January 16, 2006 5:49 AM PST
In reply to: Virtual PC question

...Or maybe we will see someone able to ''crack'' the MacBook Pro and have a dual boot machine OSX / XP. If not i think emulation should be faster since we are not going from PPC to x86.

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Just as a matter of interest
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 8:23 AM PST
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Do you need VPC for something really special, something that is not available on the Mac or are you thinking about games?


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Maybe Of Interest
by obone / January 16, 2006 9:17 PM PST

No I don't do games. I have five or six programs that won't run on the MAC. Am upgrading from a G-3 desktop to a power book pro, for the portability.

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PC programs
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 16, 2006 10:27 PM PST
In reply to: Maybe Of Interest

5 or 6 seems to be a lot of PC programs for a Mac user. I guess this must be some sort of proprietary software for your work


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5 or 6 programs
by obone / January 17, 2006 12:45 AM PST
In reply to: PC programs

Yes I run the below programs that are only ported to a PC.

Life forms,..Medical condition, diet history.
Woodturner Pro.. 3d woodturning design program.
Woodturning Studio..Open Segment woodturning design program.
Dr Dans... Fishing and hunting probability program
Loran/GPS program.. for GPS fishing spot mapping.

As you can tell I try and stay fit, do woodturning and like to fish. With the laptop I can take it with me to fish and or out in the shop to do woodturning.

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That answers that question
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 8:41 AM PST
In reply to: 5 or 6 programs

Hopefully MS will gear up to the Intel version or at least produce a Universal Binary version of VPC shortly


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VPC under rosetta?
by atiu4eva / January 18, 2006 10:21 AM PST

Would VPC run under Rosetta?

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 18, 2006 8:42 PM PST
In reply to: VPC under rosetta?

The only programs that, apparently, do not run under Rosetta are those that use the Altivec part of the G4/G5 processor


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question on interface between Mac and XP
by Capitaine Haddock / January 21, 2006 1:15 AM PST
In reply to: Possibly

I use one piece of software for my work, called Trados, that only runs on PCs, and I need to seamlessly go back and forth between Trados and my Mac at the click of a mouse, which is possible right now, thanks to Virtual PC.

In case Virtual PC is abandoned on the new Mac Book, and I have to install XP on the same drive as Tiger on the new Mac Book in order to use Trados, would I be able to go back and forth and cut and paste seamlessly between Trados and Word on Tiger? (I don't want to use Word on a PC; the less I use XP the better I feel, plus I absolutely need colored folders, etc., which are not available in XP). If going back and forth seamlessly between the 2 environments is not possible, what could be done?


Capitaine Haddock

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VPC and MacBook
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 21, 2006 3:31 AM PST

VPC is not going away and you are not putting XP onto the current MacBooks and having it work.
However, looking at your scenario , the answer to your question is "who knows"
Currently VPC on a Windows box allows the user to switch between various WIndows OS's, reasonably seamlessly.
There is no reason to suggest that the same would not be true if you are able to get XP to boot on the Macbook. Remember, the Macbook does not use a BIOS which XP requires to boot correctly


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