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  1. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    I decided to give a VM a try on the desktop before I buy parallels so I downloaded virtual box for my PC and trying to run Mint Linux on it. I know its suppose to be slower but its faster running from a live CD! I suspect I may have done something wrong.

    I left everything at default, put the disc in the drive with the Linux ISO, chose the drive and pressed go. I could not even get firefox to load after about 5 minutes it took to dump me to the Mint desktop. So, I decided to just pull the plug on the experiment. So I told it to shut down and about 2 and a half minutes later, it finally ejects the DVD.

    Obviously, reading from the optical drive is slowing things down as is the VM (running a 64bit OS in a 32bit native system (windows 7) could also be a problem as is the VM slows things down a bit too. But seriously? The live CD is much faster then this.

    Should I point to the ISO that I downloaded (If it lets me?) Do I need to actually install linux to a hard drive and point to that?

    EDIT:
    It let me use the ISO on my HDD. So I am trying that...

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  2. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    Not working. Been stuck at the automatic boot in 3...2...1... then grey screen for a bit now...
  3. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    VirtualBox was originally developed to emulate in software an x86 PC machine on Sun Microsystems' SPARC CPU workstations running Solaris
  4. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    I kind of scrapped that idea on the desktop for now. I guess my desktop is just getting old and running in 32bit is not helping either. Right now, however, I did install the trial version of parallels 8 on my MBP and now running the preview of windows 8 on the thing (I wanted to check it out before I broke the seal on the OEM Disc. Install was pretty painless. Not sure what to think of windows 8 yet.
  5. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Problem solved! Good!

    Don't worry too much about running in 32-bit mode. There's hardly any software that has 64-bit versions, and even then the biggest gains you'll see is if you're doing stuff that requires a lot of RAM. If you never use more than 4GiB of RAM, you'll likely never notice a difference.
  6. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    ALso, FWIW, I urge you to move on from VBox to VMware. On my Win 7 Machine, on boot, it made connecting to the Internet a 30-45 second process, during which many of my logon processes would wait. It made my whole boot process much. much slower than it needed to be. I triple verified that this was caused by VBox and VBox only.

    I then moved on to VMware and my boot process shaved nearly a minute off.

    But, trying to run a 64bit OS as a guest to a 32bit OS as host is, as SD said, unbearably slow.
  7. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    I was going to also suggest VMware, but johnlgalt beat me to it ;)

    I get VMware through school, and it works great. Easy to spin up a new VM and a lot of companies put out pre-built VMs in VMWare format (though some do the open VM format...)

    Glad you got your problem solved. :)
  8. ajdroidx

    ajdroidx Well-Known Member

    Not sure what to think about windows 8 yet... :eek:
  9. Davdi

    Davdi Well-Known Member Contributor

    VMs eat RAM. if you're going to be running several at once (i.e. a virtual network) plan on having at least 8Gb RAM. That should let you run 5 or 6 VMs together OK.
    And make sure your CPU supports Hardware Virtualization. Most new ones do (Intel CORE i series, AMD Phenom ii/Athlon ii and newer definitely do.
  10. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Vbox is great if you are commercial and don't want to pay a licence fee. For home use, I always use VMware player. If a VM was an absolute MUST, at work, I would get the company to pay for VMware Workstation. Obviously on Mac, you would have to get VMware fusion.
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