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    Nicolas:

    I don't have a new Mac to try Bootcamp on, but I have a Core Duo Macbook Pro from a few years ago running Windows 7 32-bit and it performs exactly like a regular Windows box with the same specs. Running in VMWare also works, but the performance is not as good as with Bootcamp.

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    What sorts of issues are you having with Windows? Are you using Bootcamp or virtualization? The only difficulty I've had is with the keyboard being a bit different (if it's a desktop box, invest in an inexpensive USB keyboard meant for Windows) and the one-button trackpad on the laptop (there are workarounds like two-finger tap but I prefer to use a multi-buttoned mouse. One of the other mods, I think it's Strat, uses Windows on a Mac and one of his reasons for buying it was that the Mac Pro was the least expensive dual-Xeon workstation from a major vendor, and it works fine for him. Also, Autodesk recently made Windows on Bootcamp an officially supported platform.

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    Andrew, I am not running Windows on a Mac. I simply have a Windows 7 PC, but am thinking of switching to a Mac. Perhaps you run into exactly the same problems with a Max since you are still running Max thru windows. If that's the case, I think I will build the High End unit as listed.

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    Very nice reading. Thank you very much for this, not being the most hardware savvy, this makes my current search for a new machine much easier!

    Thx Andrew and Brian (x2)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJLynn View Post
    I think it's Strat, uses Windows on a Mac and one of his reasons for buying it was that the Mac Pro was the least expensive dual-Xeon workstation from a major vendor, and it works fine for him.
    I do at home. And for two main reasons.
    1) It was the least expensive vendor route at the time.
    2) I can run Final Cut Pro for video.

    After running this system I can say a few things. Its FAST and quiet. Switching between Windows and Mac OS or any other installed OS is as easy as rebooting and holding "option". OSX is generally snappier, more stable and runs graphic apps like PhotoShop better than Windows. What ever issue you have with a regular Windows box, you will still have on a Mac running Windows....there's nothing really different between them. The Apple keyboard is a pain while in Windows, hot keys are in different places and some keys don't exist. A simple solution is to use a Windows KB, but ejecting CDs will be hard.

    Overall I think the Mac Pro is a huge value. I paid, I think, $3700 for a dual quad 2.29 with 12GB and Apple Care last June. It boots Windows Vista64 and OSX and also have Windows XP, Ubuntu, Fedora and SUSE virtualized. If in the market for a workstation, I'd do it again.
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    I run Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro laptop at home, where I often do production work. The Intel chips used on this product line that are early 2008 or later will run 64 bit, mine is late 2007 and will not. Debating on selling my laptop to get the latest greatest MBP which allows you to roll with 8GB ram, not mention the much improved battery performance and life span.

    Just upgraded (clean install) this laptop to Snow Leopard and my W7 RC expired so I am also running a full retail of W7 now. The latest bootcamp is version 3.1, so you should be running that. There is a tick in the Boot camp control panel that allows you to have the F function keys operate as they would in windows. I find the keyboard to be fine for me in the situation. Then I just plug in a 2-button mouse, good to go. Both OSs installed very easily, quite impressed.

    Autodesk Studio max is NOT supported on W7 yet as per this link...
    http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...12&id=10676494
    please correct me if I am wrong. Further down the page...
    "Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2008 software is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and the Microsoft DirectX® 10 platform. Whether you choose to deploy 3ds Max 2008 on Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will experience the same great performance and workflows."

    There is a glitch in Autodesk apps with the SATA drive that will ask you to re-authorize somewhat regularly. I understand there is a fix that affects the Registry keys but I haven't addressed yet, I will soon try.

    I know this is a bit off topic, but thought I would share my experiences here.

    Edit: Both Bootcamp, W7 & Max work well on the MBP - fast too.

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    Wow, that's a lot of OSes. Good point about Final Cut Pro - that's excellent software. I could also talk about how it's nice to be able to take a computer to an Apple Store and get tech support in person, but I don't want this to turn into an Apple praisefest

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    The Autodesk Bootcamp announcement was made last summer - it might only have referred to the 2010 versions of Max and Max Design. Annoying how it always works that way.

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    Apple Store and get tech support
    I wont do that to the thread, but my batt was warped, it affected the upper case. All replaced for free, warranty had expired too. No questions asked.

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    A section dedicated to video cards would be very handy. It is great as it is though and look forward to the updates!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJLynn View Post
    The Autodesk Bootcamp announcement was made last summer - it might only have referred to the 2010 versions of Max and Max Design. Annoying how it always works that way.
    I saw that, but it seems that Max & Win7 are still not an approved setup. Wonder why that is.
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