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Noob Question - Virtual Box

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  1. eglassman88

    eglassman88 Registered Member

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    Hello All,

    Noob here. I'm on a Mac and I want to run GSA. Rather than buying a new computer, I'm thinking of running it on a virtual machine. I've read that others do it this way. The problem is, I have no idea where to start lol. Can anyone recommend a good VM? Also, what do they typically cost per month?

    Thanks!

    Edward
     
  2. seeplusplus

    seeplusplus Power Member

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    A little confused by your thread, but basically you install VirtualBox on your PC, then create the virtual machine through the program, set the virtual machine to boot off your box's CD drive, and then start the virtual machine, it will then install Windows off the CD, creating your virtual machine.

    I costs nothing, bar the OS.
     
  3. eglassman88

    eglassman88 Registered Member

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    Sorry to be confusing. I think I'm a little confused myself. I'm on a Mac and I thought a virtual machine was an alternative to using Parallels. Is it not? Thanks again!
     
  4. seeplusplus

    seeplusplus Power Member

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    lol, I'm clueless with Macs, and I don't know what Parallels is.

    Basically just install VirtualBox. I'm assuming it's available for Mac.

    Then when you have, create a virtual machine with it. You need a copy of Windows because that's what GSA runs on.
     
  5. eglassman88

    eglassman88 Registered Member

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    Hahaha! Parallels allows you to install Windows on a Mac but it looks like VirtualBox is the same thing (and FREE!). I'll try that out. Thanks again
     
  6. seeplusplus

    seeplusplus Power Member

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    No worries. My advice is install Windows, update it, install the .net frameworks which many tools rely upon, update all that again, then create a snapshot in VBox, then when the virtual machine gets all messed up/whatever, just revert back to the snapshot you created.
     
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    Hey buddy, yeah it's basically free to use but you really wanna make sure your computer has a bit of power behind it, when I installed VM it was slower than cancer.
     
  8. closedCaption

    closedCaption Regular Member

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    VirtualBox works fine, you will get around >80% on your computers CPU and bit less on disk performance and such.

    For maximum enjoyment use 32 bit Windows, as they are a bit faster in emulation.

    There are plenty of tutorials on how to start, so search youtube.

    And yes, you are on the right track, install VirtualBox on your Mac and you are good to go. Its the same thing as Parallels.
     
  9. seeplusplus

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    I also like to install a few other programs on the VM before snapshotting a second time. Just things like 7-zip, ccleaner, MSE.

    Dropbox can be handy to, to have some files in the cloud.

    You can share a folder between host and guest, perhaps set it to read only to protect the host, but the only issue I have with VirtualBox is there is no drag and drop between host and guest. You can copy and paste, but not drag and drop files, so you have to go the long way round and share, either through the host directory structure, or the cloud.
     
  10. jayrat14

    jayrat14 Senior Member

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    What slower than cancer?.... how slow is cancer.. lol

    Op, Try VMware... I use it
     
  11. Furious George

    Furious George Supreme Member Premium Member

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    vmware fusion is the way to go
     
  12. socialmediahero

    socialmediahero Registered Member

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    What Mac Os are you running?
     
  13. Furious George

    Furious George Supreme Member Premium Member

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    10.7 on one and 10.8 on another
     
  14. eglassman88

    eglassman88 Registered Member

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    I'm running 10.8