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Subject:Ugh... I feel dirty...
Time:07:52 pm
For various reasons I need to run Windows on my laptop; there's some tethered camera control freeware that is only available in a Windows version, the Mac equivalent stopped working a few versions of OS X ago, and I want to use it for photomicroscopy where the liveview feature would be very useful - needless to say the microscope is in a different room from my desktop PC and too big to fit into my office space, so I have to run it from the laptop. Just in the process of running Bootcamp to install it. So far it's actually going pretty well, knock wood, just completing and didn't run into problems apart from the sheer horribleness of Windows 7 setup, but there's something VERY offputting about seeing Windows screens on a MacBook Pro...

If I was planning to use it often I suppose I'd have to look at installing Parallels so I could run Windows without rebooting, but it will be a once in a blue moon thing so I think I'll go with the less convenient option and save the money.

Later - and it looks like everything works, though I haven't actually tried the camera on my microscope yet - it's certainly working under computer control and displaying the liveview image on the laptop screen, which is what I want.

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whswhs
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Time:2017-09-26 10:44 pm (UTC)
I had Parallels and Windows on my desktop Mac for several years. Then I lost the client whose manuscripts had to be edited on a windows platform (they had customized macros for the TeX program BaKoMa, which only ran in the Windows version); they decided to outsource all their copy editing to India. I was sorry to see them go, but I have to say uninstalling BaKoMa, and then Windows, and then Parallels, gave me quite a sense of relief; I had found the Windows interface really trying to work with, though less so then the first version of Windows I encountered. Besides, the incessant downpour of updates got really tedious.
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ffutures
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Time:2017-09-27 11:44 am (UTC)
I don't think I'll be using this very often, so I'm not going to get Parallels unless it comes my way very cheaply. I can live with an occasional reboot, and it will hopefully avoid some of the problems of having Windows active all the time.
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pengshui_master
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Time:2017-09-28 01:44 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Oracle's Virtualbox ( https://www.virtualbox.org/ ) which is free do pretty much the same thing as parallels,
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ffutures
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Time:2017-09-29 08:31 am (UTC)
I've tried using it to run 32-bit Windows XP on my Windows 7 box (I have a program that REALLY doesn't want to run under 64-bit Win 7) and it is SLOW, and there is weird crap like the USB ports sometimes can't be accessed. I think I'll stick with dual boot for now.
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pengshui_master
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Time:2017-09-29 08:39 am (UTC)
Odd; I don't find it slow at all and use it all the time. It is possible though you had 'virtualisation' disabled in the BIOS which will make it run slow.

It should also allow USB access; but you need to install the oracle PCEL extensions. Once this is done you can select usb devices to be used inside the vbox or on the main computer.
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ffutures
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Time:2017-09-29 08:24 pm (UTC)
OK, thanks, if I get round to using it again I'll give that a try.
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