Title asks it all.
Use dual boot not virtual.
However, GeForce video is not that good for SolidWorks.
Even on a Win 7 machine virtual xp is an absolute toad.
I agree with Kenneth, but my answer is No.
You cannot run SolidWorks on a virtual machine. You can run bootcamp and run it in Windows as a dual boot. Unfortunately, regualr Mac Pros only come with ATI Radeon cards, which are not supported for SolidWorks. You'd be much better off running a FirePro series ATI card, which is designed for CAD systems.
So I guess it all comes down to what you mean by tricked out. If you are serious about the term "tricked out", then yes. Because the ultra-premium Mac Pros come with the new nVidia Quadro 4000 cards:
my bad, i thought we were talking about macbook's.
forget the geforce comment.
although off topic, i do know 2 people with macbooks using dual boot successfully.
Seriously 2011 ultra premium
Well, then you just need to make sure it has (at least one, you can get two!) the nVidia Quadro 4000. But you will have to use boot camp, virtualization isn't good enough.
To Charles, Kenneth & all,
Thank you. To see the "why" of this discussion go to http://www.omichael.com. We are designing 3-D curvilinear sculpture on a 2-D platform (Photoshop). Yes there are CAD-CAM, plasma cutters, pyramid rollers, 20 ton shears, bridge cranes and big steel invovled.Design and fabrication are a challenge. Also,our clientele (patrons if you wish) want more; particularily CGI animation on the front end. Used to be (2009) a ppt. "dog & pony show" was enough. So time to invest in software.
Again - Thankx,
Neat stuff. Thanks for the link.
Do not know what kind of experiences other users has but I have been using SWx with linux on wine and virtualized XP. With wine it does not work reliable enough and it is slow (although usable), but with KVM & Ubuntu 64-bit & 32-bit virtualized XP I had pretty good results. I even used it for awhile in real jobs. But anyway when the dual boot is option, maybe it is best solution as your time does not go tweaking up your system.
SolidWorks 2011 runs pretty well on my New MacBook Air. Boot Camped with Windows 7 x64. My MacBook Air has all the upgrades you can get for it. 13 inch version with the 2.13 Ghz CPU and 256 Gig drive. Of course I would not use the MacBook Air for anything big and complex, just basic, simple modeling tasks.
A well appointed MacPro will run SolidWorks fine with BootCamp. Skip the virtual window and do the dual boot with Boot Camp.
We are all assuming you have an Intel CPU version of the MacPro. If you are buying new get the Nvidia Quadro 4000 video card that Charles is referring to.
Doing the Boot Camp install of Windows is effortless. Apple does a fantastic job making it easy to install a Windows OS partition on a Mac. Be sure to get Windows 7 x64.
Thanks for your post about running solidworks on your macbook air. Does real graphics work on the air? I am guessing you have the intel HD graphics 3000? and I7 processor?
No I have neither. I have a 2nd generation MacBook Air, ordered on day 1 that they where available for purchase, with all the options.
SolidWorks runs well, but will not be a screamer.
I only run SolidWorks for occasional jobs when I am on the road. I would not consider it for any long sessions of SolidWorks. For school and the occasional job it works well.
Dual-boot is the ticket.
The way to have the best of 2 worlds is to have 2 worlds (in the same galaxy).
I dual-booted a HP 8710w into Mac OS so I could run medical software.
You have the Mac OS installed on an HP machine? Interesting..... How well does the HP work with the Mac OS?
It, HP 8710w, runs like it was built for it. Only lacking a driver for the wireless card. (Use a USB Netgear WG111v3 if wireless is needed)
A clean install of Vista is slow starting.
I first tried using VMware on a Dell M6300. The medical software would not display any 3D images.
Tried setting it up to dual boot, but too many issues with compatability.
Googling found the 8710w to be a better client.
Most info came from www.insanelymac.com
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