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VMWare CPU Usage in XP


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Some people have trouble gaming inside of VMWare. It tends to throttle their CPU. However, in the newest version of VMWare Fusion one of the toggles have been removed. You can change quite a bit of settings to optimize your virtual machine explicitly for gaming purposes.

It’s going to hit your CPU no matter what. You’re running software. Make sure that you’ve allocated the most RAM that you can to the VM. Maxing out your CPU won’t kill anything, no. I run my live stream on the Mac Mini every day. It’s run for the past three years, even though the Mac Mini’s CPU is throttled almost constantly.

Yes, the games are going to throttle your CPU. It could happen with XP outright, let alone when it’s running inside of the virtual machine. That will have more overhead.

In terms of mitigating that, it’s not really possible honestly. The latest version of VMWare will take care of most of it for you. Play around in your settings. Check your hard-disk buffering status. Optimize what you can – wherever you can.

It’s not going to kill your computer, no. You’re safe to keep on gaming.

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Sharing Files Between Mac OS X and Windows XP


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Yes, you can transfer your files from XP to Mac OS X… or back. While they are two completely separate and different Operating Systems, it’s not as difficult as you would think to share your files between them.

Most of your documents, pictures and music files are easily shared between the two types of Operating Systems. You can accomplish this a couple of ways. First, of course, is to burn them to DVD and just put the DVD into the other system and copy. Voila! Of course, what if you have a large amount of data you wish to transfer or share?

Another way to share the files is to do a direct transfer. Bascially, you are going to connect the computers using a crossover cable. You will set up a tutorial to accomplish this. Also… you can use your iPod to transfer the files, as well!

What other ways do all of you recommend for sharing or transferring files? Be sure to leave me a comment, or send me an email to [email protected]

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CrossOver, Boot Camp, Parallels, VMWare…

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Apple is prepping Boot Camp for Leopard inclusion next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they soon figured out how to enable Windows apps to run “natively” in OS X. CodeWeavers already has CrossOver Mac, which pretty much does that now. Dual booting is for geeks, though I believe that VMWare and Parallels will keep everybody but the gamers happy. I just learned about 2X ApplicationServer tonight:

2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services allows Windows applications to be tunneled seamlessly onto remote desktops, saving on administration & support. ou can use it to seamlessly tunnel up to 5 applications per server onto remote desktops – perpetually. During the first 30-days it also allows you to tunnel an unlimited number of applications.

Though I believe 2X’s cross-platform / network setup is still somewhat of a kludge, this is certainly a step in the right direction. Dunno. The more I look, the more I’m finding OS X equivalents for my favorite Windows programs. Let’s see if Entourage 2008 kills Outlook once and for all.

I do have a coupon for Parallels, though…