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mcsmiley
04-12-2010, 07:52 PM
I bought an iMac 23 inch (OS X 10.6.3, with 4 GB memory ) in January 2010 and in February had VMWare Fusion installed with XP Professional as the OS.

This machine is slower than the PC I was replacing. I even replaced my old Linksys wireless internet router with a new Apple Airport Extreme and I had a technician come out from where I bought the unit. The technician did some work and said it was ok. A day later it was back to being an anchor again.

I do not have a lot of programs, or pictures, i do not use file sharing sites like Limewire or Utorrent. I am extremely frustrated especially since I put out all this money for something advertised by others as better, bigger, faster.

Any suggestions? I do not want to take this unit back to the dealer in town and leave it if it can be helped.

gotham
04-12-2010, 07:59 PM
To start I am sorry to hear of your issue MCS.
I cant give you advice on your problem being there are so many things that could be wrong. But the fist thing I would highly recommend is call apple direct 1 800 MY APPLE
there is no reason the mac is running slower then a pc if you boot into windows it should run with no issues but if you are booting into windows while running apple OS keep an open mind you are running two operating systems.
If it is your internet that is running slow try dumping your cache also go to speedtest.net and see what your internet connection is. Key thing is call apple they will hit these points and many more. I changed over many windows users to mac and I have not had a complaint like this.

MYmacROX
04-12-2010, 08:03 PM
Which iMac do you have? There's 20", 21.5", 24", or 27". Those are the most recent ones with Intel processors able to run OS X 10.6.3.
Are the problems you're experiencing only on the Mac side, only with WinXP, or with both?
What is slow? Internet, running applications, opening files?

mcsmiley
04-12-2010, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. The Mac is slow and the Virtual PC is even slower. It is slow to access the internet, slow to open files, and the PC side is the slowest of all. I did forget to include that I have Kasperinsky Anti-virus on both operating systems.

gotham
04-12-2010, 08:26 PM
np but please explain a bit more on what is going on as mymacrox posted it will help narrow down whats going on.
ether way good luck

6string
04-12-2010, 08:34 PM
So, as asked by MYmacROX...
Are the problems you're experiencing only on the Mac side, only with WinXP, or with both?
What is slow? Internet, running applications, opening files?
Also, you bought it in January, February you had VMware Fusion installed, and it is now April, so.... Was it running fine until you installed VMware in Feb?
Was it running fine with VMware and only recently it's not?
Have you run the speed test at Speedtest.net - The Global Broadband Speed Test (http://www.speedtest.net/) ?
Have you repaired disk permissions, and cleaned out caches?

harryb2448
04-12-2010, 08:48 PM
VirtualPC? Are you sure as that is an old, old PPC program that always was useless. As difficult as it may seem coming from the PC environment, uninstall your AV software as there are no viri for OS X, and safe use of the net will ensure you do not get a trojan, not that there are many of these outside illegal download sites.

Do as suggested with Repair Permissions etc. Try running XP through BootCamp.

gotham
04-12-2010, 08:49 PM
Nospeed I feel you on why MS on a MAC but I found myself at appoint in time having to infect my mac with ms for a program that is not running on Mac that I needed so I did it but with my new MBP I have yet to infect it lol

6string
04-12-2010, 08:49 PM
*You should only have anti virus on your Windows side of things.
Uninstall the anti virus from your Mac, as this is very likely the cause of your problems.

gotham
04-12-2010, 08:55 PM
Plus 1 on the removing anti virus they will lock up your system and SLOW it way way down

MacInWin
04-12-2010, 09:03 PM
And kaspersky is the worst! I had it on my PC before I went Mac and got rid of it within a week. It killed performance horribly.

On my Mac, I run VMWare for the one Windows application I still need. Because I never connect to the internet from Windows, and because I sit behind a firewall from my ISP, I run that Windows with no anti-virus protection. VMWare let me capture a snapshot of the clean, just installed system. If I ever get a virus, I whack the current image and restore to that snapshot and I have a clean, new virtual machine. I don't store anything on the virtual PC, I store on an external drive, so I don't lose anything in the whack/restore process.

Something for you to consider. And get rid of KAV, it's the absolute worst ever.

6string
04-12-2010, 09:10 PM
hey mcsmiley.....
Quite a bit of feedback there since your last post, and awaiting to hear back from you.
Have been no answers from you to any of the questions, or replies to any or all of the above advice, and as to whether or not this has restored things back to good for you!

EndlessMac
04-12-2010, 10:30 PM
I did forget to include that I have Kasperinsky Anti-virus on both operating systems.
I agree with some of the others. Your anti-virus program is most likely the cause of your slow performance. A poorly written anti-virus program can really slow down your computer among other things. The same problem happens on Windows only computers.

Mac SK
04-12-2010, 11:44 PM
Why would you spend all that coin on a Mac to run windows??? Kind seems pretty pointless.

Thank You...End of Story.:Grimmace:

Nethfel
04-13-2010, 07:51 AM
Also another thing to consider - assuming when you refer to "Virtual PC" you're actually referring to VMWare because as Harryb2448 noted, "Virtual PC" is a very old PPC based product - vmware is nice BUT it does feel to be a bit of a resource hog. I honestly only use it (Fusion 3.0.x) on my Mac Pro as I found it extremely sluggish on any of my dual core Macs - plus, I don't know how you setup your VM to run, but if you told it to use 2 cores, you need to change that to 1.

You only have a dual core CPU in your Mac and if you read the Fusion docs, it talks about not setting the virtual machine to use the same quantity of "cpus" as you have cores in the system as it can kill performance of both OS (host and guest) when the VM is running (has to do with core synchronizations, I don't remember the details, but it is in the docs - but here is a quote from the FAQ on Fusion: "Multiple Virtual CPUs are recommended when you have applications that can take advantage of multiple processor cores and you have a quad-core or octo-core Mac Pro." ) Another issue with a VM is how much RAM did you assign to it? If you have 2 gigs of ram, you need to make sure that the virtual machine isn't set to use 2 gigs of ram as it will also kill performance while running (but should not affect the computer if the VM is not running)

I'd agree tho to remove Kaspersky at least from the Mac side and see what happens. You may also want to do some basic troubleshooting (see the sticky in Software section for OSX - Operating Systems) - you can also try using Onyx to help keep your machine running in top form.

mcsmiley
04-13-2010, 08:49 AM
OK, my main concern is with the virtual PC side. The Mac side is "OK..." but it does get "hung" up at times if I have four or five web pages or files open. The virtual PC is the absolute slowest to open and run.

I needed the virtual PC in order to access all my wife's Print Master 18 Platinum projects which were made on PC's. She is a school teacher and we have made hundreds of projects for her class use. This program also uses the internet to access their picture data base.

I thought my problem may have been related to a printer ( HP laser 1012) so I ditched it and switched to a new Brother laser. It did not resolve the issue. It takes forever for the virtual PC to open, and an equal amount of time once it is open to open my file folders. Then I have to open a project and it takes even more time.

Nethfel
04-13-2010, 09:00 AM
You still haven't fully answered our question - are you using Virtual PC or are you using VMWare Fusion. They are two very different products...

6string
04-13-2010, 09:02 AM
^^^^^
Or any of the other questions for that matter!

gotham
04-13-2010, 10:14 AM
best bet is call APPLE they will get all those unanswered questions lol

Oneironaut
04-13-2010, 12:36 PM
Did you try repairing disk permissions with Disk Utility? What exactly have you tried to troubleshoot?

ZorroAMG
04-13-2010, 01:33 PM
You still haven't fully answered our question - are you using Virtual PC or are you using VMWare Fusion. They are two very different products...

What are you guys talking about? He answered those questions in his original post. Read it.

DaFlake
04-13-2010, 01:58 PM
What are you guys talking about? He answered those questions in his original post. Read it.

Umm no he didn't? They asked him a bunch of questions regarding what software he was running and where he was seeing the slow performance. The OP seems to be throwing hardware at the problem and it may not actually be that. It may simply be that he has VMWare (or other program) configured incorrectly or another problem with the machine. These questions have yet to be answered which is why they said it.

Oneironaut
04-13-2010, 02:20 PM
In the first post he says he has VMWare Fusion installed, but in his next post he mentions Virtual PC.

Nethfel
04-13-2010, 02:22 PM
What are you guys talking about? He answered those questions in his original post. Read it.

He actually hasn't answered any of my questions - read my posts.

I stated he needed to check his settings for how many processors were being used, although not a direct question, it is an implied query that he should check the setting and if it was set to one processor say it was, if it wasn't change it and come back and state if that improved things.

I stated he needed to check how much ram he was dedicating to the virtual machine and SPECIFICALLY asked how much he had allocated - not answered.

I asked him if he was using VMWare Fusion or Virtual PC - they are TWO DIFFERENT PRODUCTS, and he has referenced both while talking - never answered

I also suggested he do some basic troubleshooting and mentioned the sticky in the other forum, and suggested he look into using Onyx - he has not commented back about ANY attempt at troubleshooting the issue.

It was suggested by others that he uninstall Kaspersky at least on the Mac side and see what happens - so far no response to that request

His comments have been centered around:

His being upset that it doesn't operate as well as he expect
He has trouble with a virtual machine, but references two different products
He has installed Kaspersky in his windows virtual machine, and apparantly also installed the Mac version in OSX

Our questions - both direct and indirect haven't been answered to be able to help him

And please don't think that I, or anyone else that has posted, doesn't want to help the OP - we do, certain things need to be looked at and checked to fix any computer problem - especially when running in a VM. For example - if the VM hogs too much ram, it could slow down the Host OS and ultimately slow down the system; if he has a VM set to use 2 CPUs on a dual core system it can slow down the system as there will be periods where the host and the guests will be fighting for resources more then they should; Onyx or at least checking the permissions should be done (check perms was suggested earlier in another post) because if something has the wrong permissions on it, it can cause problems. The OPs system should not be running slow or beachballing just because he has 4 or 5 tabs open in a browser (unless they are all doing something in Flash, or some in flash and he has his virtual machine open at the same time). The VM may be slow because he's comparing it to what a standalone system is - but not being sure which product he's using (VMWare Fusion or Virtual PC) it's hard to comment on where exactly the problem lies. I have a feeling he's referring to his Virtual Machine as a "Virtual PC" but I don't want to guess what he's referring to and give bad advice.

DaFlake
04-13-2010, 02:27 PM
I think the point is that we want to help but need to know what we are dealing with. ;)

EndlessMac
04-13-2010, 04:33 PM
OK, my main concern is with the virtual PC side. The Mac side is "OK..." but it does get "hung" up at times if I have four or five web pages or files open. The virtual PC is the absolute slowest to open and run.

I needed the virtual PC in order to access all my wife's Print Master 18 Platinum projects which were made on PC's. She is a school teacher and we have made hundreds of projects for her class use. This program also uses the internet to access their picture data base.

I thought my problem may have been related to a printer ( HP laser 1012) so I ditched it and switched to a new Brother laser. It did not resolve the issue. It takes forever for the virtual PC to open, and an equal amount of time once it is open to open my file folders. Then I have to open a project and it takes even more time.
I still think part of your problem is related to the anti-virus. Just doing a quick reading on some of the review for Kaspersky antivirus has people complaining that it slows down their computers. A lot of antivirus nowadays has something called active monitoring which in simple terms means that it will try to monitor everything you are doing.

This can greatly slow down your computer if the software you are using is not efficient at doing this. You can also limit some of the active monitoring so that it doesn't slow down your computer too much.

Things you can do:

1. Uninstall Kaspersky from your Mac side. You really don't need it for your Mac. Since you bought it you can always reinstall it later if you want but uninstall it to see if it improves performance.

2. Uninstall or turn off Kaspersky from your Windows side. This is just to test if your antivirus is the problem. Just like above you can always reinstall it later but most antivirus will allow you to turn it off if you right click it in the bottom right icon tray in Windows and select exit or something similar.

3. Since you said you have VMware Fusion you have to use the right settings for it. Open up Fusion and click on the Settings icon at the top. Once there click on "Processors & RAM" icon and choose 1 processor core and for RAM choose 1,000 MB of RAM. If it is currently at 512 then that could be the source of your problem in Windows because 512 MB of RAM is barely enough to run Windows smoothly especially if you have an antivirus running in the background. If you give Windows too much RAM then it will slow down your Mac side. Since you have 4 GB RAM then you should not give Windows more than 2 GB which is half. 1 GB RAM is the sweet spot for me and I like you also have 4 GB RAM on my Mac.


Try that out and let us know the results.

DaFlake
04-13-2010, 05:49 PM
Probably a great place to start. :)

baggss
04-13-2010, 06:30 PM
I'm just gonna throw this out there:

If it looks like a troll, and acts like a troll....

I could be wrong.

blackmac11
04-13-2010, 07:22 PM
I'm just gonna throw this out there:

If it looks like a troll, and acts like a troll....

I could be wrong.

I'm quite sure you are correct :Angry-Tongue:

gotham
04-13-2010, 10:05 PM
you see the route of your problem is BILL GATES!!!! :Evil:

Mac SK
04-13-2010, 11:59 PM
I'm just gonna throw this out there:

If it looks like a troll, and acts like a troll....

I could be wrong.

Thank You..End of Story..Again:Sleeping:

Mac SK
04-14-2010, 12:01 AM
you see the route of your problem is BILL GATES!!!! :Evil:

WOW..Even Better..:Evil:

mcsmiley
04-14-2010, 12:29 AM
Thank you for all your suggestions and help. Working two jobs makes it hard to respond quickly.

Sorry for not answering all your questions yesterday because I did not know all the stuff you folks were throwing at me. I did not set the computer up, I had the dealer do all this and when the techie they sent out to fix my problems did not solve all my concerns, I was not really interested in returning my machine to their store.

Hopefully after reading all your ideas I will be able to answer your inquiries. To begin with, the use of the term virtual PC was what the techie from the dealer used to describe what VMWare Fusion was. I bought the Mac in January 2010, they installed Microsoft Office 8 for Mac and the only other programs I installed on the Mac were Firefox and Thunderbird.

I went back to the dealer about a week later and purchased VMWare Fusion and XP Professional and had them install these. We needed to be able to use a number of PC programs for my wife’s work. As to why I did not purchase another PC, after three times having to reinstall Vista, save and reinstall data and programs I looked to Mac as a solution. Meanwhile when I got home I installed Print Master 18 Platinum, Quick Tax 2009, Kaspersky 2010, Jasc Pro Paint Shop 8, plus Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Works 4.0 and our printer drivers onto the PC side.

Why did I install an antivirus on the Mac you ask. I was concerned that since we were using the “virtual PC” on the Mac that we needed protection on the pc end and the Mac. That is why I purchased Kaspersky for both.

Have I repaired disk permissions or cleaned out cache was one question? No I have not. This is all new, I am still learning, slowly finding out where everything is and what it does. I thought from what I read before my purchase and from other friends who had Macs, that there was no need for tweaking on Macs. I guess I was wrong. Besides, I do not remember my old Apple II GS having to be tweaked.

OK What is ONYX? I change the settings for VMWare Fusion from dual core to a single and cut back the ram to 1000. I ran a speed test and got 23.92 download and .95 upload. I can not seem to uninstall Kaspersky from the Mac. There seems to be no uninstall file for it under applications and there is no icon on the dock and when I put the mouse over the icon in the top right of the screen it just turns to a colour wheel. As a result I can not test to see if the antivirus program is the problem.

And yes I am quite often have both the Mac side and the PC side open at the same time. I hope this helps and I will now try some of the rest of your suggestions.

Thanks again.

Oneironaut
04-14-2010, 12:55 AM
First off, you don't need anti-virus software on your Mac HD. Even if a virus were to infect your Windows partition, it will not affect the Mac side of things. All anti-virus software will do is muck up your Mac.

What kind of technician are you consulting? From the dealer? I wouldn't trust anyone but a certified Apple technician. While Fusion is virtualization software, I think an experienced Apple technician would know not to confuse it with Virtual PC.

Onyx is a maintenance application for your Mac, but before you get all involved with that you can just try repairing permissions with Disk Utility. It should be in your Utilities folder, but if you have trouble finding it, just start typing it in Spotlight and it will be revealed. Open it up and select your Macintosh HD in the pane on the left, then follow the directions on the right.

Also keep in mind that running Fusion from your Mac HD will make things work a lot harder, and you may experience some slowing down on one or both sides.

6string
04-14-2010, 12:57 AM
Without confusing things to much and letting all the rest of the advice settle in a little, which there is a lot of in this thread.
OnyX Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - OnyX (http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/onyx.html) is a nice little utility for basic or extreme maintenance. The advise I would have for you is to first uninstall Kaspersky, before running it.
To find the uninstaller, you may need to right click (option click) on the Application in the application folder to show package contents, or it may be in user/library/application support, or see Installation / Uninstallation (http://support.kaspersky.com/kavmac/install?qid=208280695)
As for running OnyX once you have Kaspersky uninstalled, I would use the automation tab for basic clean up.... repair disk permissions and clean out clogged caches.
I don't know how often you use these PC apps for your wife's work, or what they are, but if you don't need to be booted into OS X at the same time, BootCamp may be a better solution for you. Apple Bootcamp Tutorial video (http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#windowsmac)

DarkestRitual
04-14-2010, 01:00 AM
All you have to do to uninstall Kaspersky on the Mac I believe is drag that icon to the trash and hit empty trash. Or open a new finder window (click finder on the dock, hit command N) and type Kaspersky into the search field - delete all the files that it finds.

Onyx runs some system maintenance tasks that will keep your mac performing snappily. You don't usually need to run it, but once every month or 2 will keep things nice and quick. Just run the recommended checks. It will ask you to verify smart status and your start up disk every time you open it (download the one for 10.6 if you do use it btw), do this stuff. Then go to the automate tab and perform all the prechecked boxes.

VMWare Fusion you can do a couple of things. If you are using Windows programs that need access to the internet and you're sharing private data over these programs, then I'd probably keep AV installed. If not, I'd make a fresh installation of XP with all of your programs, and then make a copy of that installation. Don't use antivirus on it. If you ever do catch a virus, you can always revert to your fresh image of a clean installation.

Cheers!

baggss
04-14-2010, 01:47 AM
Thank you for all your suggestions and help. Working two jobs makes it hard to respond quickly.

Sorry for not answering all your questions yesterday because I did not know all the stuff you folks were throwing at me. I did not set the computer up, I had the dealer do all this and when the techie they sent out to fix my problems did not solve all my concerns, I was not really interested in returning my machine to their store.

Hopefully after reading all your ideas I will be able to answer your inquiries. To begin with, the use of the term virtual PC was what the techie from the dealer used to describe what VMWare Fusion was. I bought the Mac in January 2010, they installed Microsoft Office 8 for Mac and the only other programs I installed on the Mac were Firefox and Thunderbird.

I went back to the dealer about a week later and purchased VMWare Fusion and XP Professional and had them install these. We needed to be able to use a number of PC programs for my wife’s work. As to why I did not purchase another PC, after three times having to reinstall Vista, save and reinstall data and programs I looked to Mac as a solution. Meanwhile when I got home I installed Print Master 18 Platinum, Quick Tax 2009, Kaspersky 2010, Jasc Pro Paint Shop 8, plus Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Works 4.0 and our printer drivers onto the PC side.

Why did I install an antivirus on the Mac you ask. I was concerned that since we were using the “virtual PC” on the Mac that we needed protection on the pc end and the Mac. That is why I purchased Kaspersky for both.

Have I repaired disk permissions or cleaned out cache was one question? No I have not. This is all new, I am still learning, slowly finding out where everything is and what it does. I thought from what I read before my purchase and from other friends who had Macs, that there was no need for tweaking on Macs. I guess I was wrong. Besides, I do not remember my old Apple II GS having to be tweaked.

OK What is ONYX? I change the settings for VMWare Fusion from dual core to a single and cut back the ram to 1000. I ran a speed test and got 23.92 download and .95 upload. I can not seem to uninstall Kaspersky from the Mac. There seems to be no uninstall file for it under applications and there is no icon on the dock and when I put the mouse over the icon in the top right of the screen it just turns to a colour wheel. As a result I can not test to see if the antivirus program is the problem.

And yes I am quite often have both the Mac side and the PC side open at the same time. I hope this helps and I will now try some of the rest of your suggestions.

Thanks again.

As I said, I could be wrong....

chas_m
04-14-2010, 01:55 AM
All you have to do to uninstall Kaspersky on the Mac I believe is drag that icon to the trash and hit empty trash.

Bad advice. Anything that works on the system like (like an anti-virus) is not going to be a self-contained app. At the very least it will have daemons that work in the background. No, an anti-virus is one of those things that have to be UNINSTALLED rather than just removed.

Better advice: Kapersky itself will have uninstallation directions on their web site.

EDIT: here you go, straight from page 12 of their manual:

To remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus from your computer,
run the installation file (*.dmg) and select the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Uninstaller assistant.
The uninstallation assistant is a sequence of steps. You can switch between them using the Continue (go to the next step of installation) and Go Back (go one step back) buttons. Let us take a closer look at the application uninstallation procedure:
1. It is recommended that you process all objects stored in quarantine and backup, before starting the uninstallation procedure. All stored objects that have not been processed will be deleted without any opportunity to restore them in the future.
To start the uninstallation procedure, click the Delete button and enter the administrator's password to confirm. The application will then be uninstalled.
2. Completing the uninstallation procedure.
The last window of the uninstallation assistant displays the information about the successful completion of the uninstallation process. To exit the uninstallation assistant, click the Finish button. The computer does not have to be restarted after the uninstallation.

the8thark
04-14-2010, 01:55 AM
you see the route of your problem is BILL GATES!!!! :Evil:

Actually I find this bloke from MS a lot more disturbing.

http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Business/images/steve-ballmer.jpg

6string
04-14-2010, 02:17 AM
I have officially been disturbed/unsettled/rattled/shaken..... freaked out!

Stanley
04-14-2010, 04:26 AM
Maybe it's worth looking at this a different way. You are trying to make a Mac into a PC and loading on all sorts of semi-compatible software.

Why not use the Mac as a Mac? Delete all the PC and antivirus software and just get the Printmaster files to work somehow? I mean this is a 19 dollar paint type program, new. 7 dollars used. And it's causing massive frustration.

I don't know if this can be done or not but it's worth a thought.

A quick search shows that there is a Mac version of Printmaster…it's called Printmaster Platinum 2.0. Can this handle your legacy files? If so ditch the other stuff and run 100% Mac.

It costs 38 bucks brandie new without searching much for price or educator discounts. Seems worth it to me compared to all the frustration and time and tech visits and posts and money spent on this matter.

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I converted to Mac last Summer…I had my best results once I learned to "let go" of PC ways of doing things. I use only the firewall that comes with OSX and have never had ANY virus or trojan or worm issues, period. The advice you are being given is good and will work.

I loaded XP into a virtual space in Parallels so I could use a datalogging program stuck on XP only. Works great. I tried out IE a few times and in one hour had multiple viruses using no protection. Shudder. No more net from XP. Back to Safari, fast, safe, secure.

Mac really is a lot better than PC for me. Just let go!

Doug b
04-14-2010, 04:28 AM
I have officially been disturbed/unsettled/rattled/shaken..... freaked out!

+1 *shudder*

Nethfel
04-14-2010, 08:04 AM
Hopefully after reading all your ideas I will be able to answer your inquiries. To begin with, the use of the term virtual PC was what the techie from the dealer used to describe what VMWare Fusion was. I bought the Mac in January 2010, they installed Microsoft Office 8 for Mac and the only other programs I installed on the Mac were Firefox and Thunderbird.


A very understandable issue that wasn't even caused by you :) - when you have software like VMWare Fusion (or Parallels or VirtualBox) one would normally refer to a "Virtual Machine" or VM or sometimes the Virtual Environment (although I've only seen it referenced like this a couple of times) when referencing a given install rather then Virtual PC.

Virtual PC is a specific Microsoft product (was originally made by a different company acquired by MS) - it was originally for an earlier line of Macs and is not designed for Intel Macs, and was later also ported to Windows (see: Windows Virtual PC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Virtual_PC) if you're more interested in it).

So far, aside from the anti virus, the only thing I could think of that could slow down your system would be the VM unless there was some other issue.



I went back to the dealer about a week later and purchased VMWare Fusion and XP Professional and had them install these. We needed to be able to use a number of PC programs for my wife’s work. As to why I did not purchase another PC, after three times having to reinstall Vista, save and reinstall data and programs I looked to Mac as a solution. Meanwhile when I got home I installed Print Master 18 Platinum, Quick Tax 2009, Kaspersky 2010, Jasc Pro Paint Shop 8, plus Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Works 4.0 and our printer drivers onto the PC side.


Some of those have easy to use Mac versions, some don't. I'm not sure why you installed Works and Office 2003 as those two products overlap, but that's neither here nor there - as long as the VM is not running, it shouldn't affect usage on the Mac side in terms of speed.




Why did I install an antivirus on the Mac you ask. I was concerned that since we were using the “virtual PC” on the Mac that we needed protection on the pc end and the Mac. That is why I purchased Kaspersky for both.


Already been addressed :).



Have I repaired disk permissions or cleaned out cache was one question? No I have not. This is all new, I am still learning, slowly finding out where everything is and what it does. I thought from what I read before my purchase and from other friends who had Macs, that there was no need for tweaking on Macs. I guess I was wrong. Besides, I do not remember my old Apple II GS having to be tweaked.


No worries - and really, this isn't tweaking like you would on a windows box - this is more like general maintenance. Although there are some tweaks that some people do, it's not a necessity. Maintenance tho is a good idea for helping to keep your system operating normally. Links have already been provided in other posts, so no need to elaborate more :)




I change the settings for VMWare Fusion from dual core to a single and cut back the ram to 1000. I ran a speed test and got 23.92 download and .95 upload.


Did dealing with the CPU and RAM setting help the overall performance of the VM and the main OS while the VM was running (not referring to internet speed but general operation)? It should have unless Kaspersky is also causing a problem as well which it may very well be as it can be attempting to scan the overall VM as like it's a loaded data file, and depending on how your VM is setup the file that acts as the hard drive could be huge and Kaspersky scanning that file would really hose the system until it was done, and of course if something changed and K noticed it, then K would probably attempt to scan it again creating an awful vicious cycle...

Are you running this speed test on the Mac side or in the VM? Also, what is your speed normally?



I can not seem to uninstall Kaspersky from the Mac. There seems to be no uninstall file for it under applications and there is no icon on the dock and when I put the mouse over the icon in the top right of the screen it just turns to a colour wheel. As a result I can not test to see if the antivirus program is the problem.


Already covered for the uninstall. But, I'd have to guess if your beach balling (what many refer to that color wheel as is a beach ball) on that icon, there is a possibility that it is causing you grief.



And yes I am quite often have both the Mac side and the PC side open at the same time. I hope this helps and I will now try some of the rest of your suggestions.


Another question - and this isn't meant to be offensive, so please don't take it that way - did anyone explain to you how to properly quite an application on the Mac? I know it's a common problem for new switchers to click the red X in the corner expecting that to quit the application like the X would in windows apps. If that's what you've been doing to try to quit an application it could be that you're leaving a lot of things running when you don't intend to. IF that's what you're doing - to quit, you either should use the Application menu (the applications name right next to the apple icon in the top bar) and select quit, or press Command Q to quit the current application.

ZorroAMG
04-17-2010, 05:58 PM
you see the route of your problem is BILL GATES!!!! :Evil:

Root. ;)

Stanley
04-17-2010, 06:49 PM
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1) The core issue is using legacy Printmaster files made on a PC, on the new Imac.
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2) Why not use the Mac version of Printmaster?
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Mac SK
04-18-2010, 12:24 AM
Root. ;)

Maybe it was a long trip!

Wow We are on page 4.

macwannabe
04-18-2010, 01:32 AM
Maybe it was a long trip!

Wow We are on page 4.

You guys write short stories for answers then everyone quotes each other that is why we are on page four.

The last post on page 3 sounds great thou get the mac version and uninstall windows completely. Problem solved