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    Love My MacBook Pro
    I'm new to the forum and I just wanted to say that I've had my Macbook Pro for 2 months now and I absolutely love it. I don't know why waited so long to make the switch to a Mac. I had 2 pc laptops, I kept one and then gave the other one to my sister, now that I know that I can dual boot a mac with either bootcamp or parrallels I'm never gonna need the other pc laptop again. I love everything I can do with my Mac and still learning more everyday. I recommend to everyone doubting to switch some advice..trust me you will not be disappointed, plus you have all the helpful people on this forum to ask for help and advice. Trust me you'll be saying the same thing I did.

    Mike
    15" Macbook pro, 2.4 duo processors, 2 gigs ram, 250 gig hard drive and plan on installing either bootcamp or parrallels or even both if possible.

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    Is your Mac running Tiger or Leopard? If it's the latter then Bootcamp is already included.

    Also, yes you can have both Bootcamp and Parallels installed. I currently have Vista installed on Bootcamp and XP running on Parallels (Although I hardly ever use either. Having always used Macs and never having owned a PC I basically just did it because I could)

    OEM version of Vista Home Premium (£65 ish from Amazon) works fine with Bootcamp but you can't then use the same copy on Parallels (Or probably vise versa)

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    My MBP is running on Leopard still, I have the Leopard upgrade that came with it but just haven't upgraded yet. I like to read up on things alot before making any upgrades plus I'm still learning how to use my Mac to it's full potential. I'm going to upgrade it when I have some time off from school, at the same time I'm going to install bootcamp. I wanna install parallels too so I can use my scanner that I used on my pc laptop when I need to.
    When I install bootcamp I'm gonna be running windows xp. I don't like Vista too much, Hopefully I can run Xp on both, if not then I have to settle for Vista on BootCamp and xp on parallels.

    I been looking for a tutorial that tells me how to install parallels and bootcamp on the same partition if it's possible?

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    Install XP on Bootcamp first and then when you install Parallels it will ask you if you want to use your Bootcamp partition. Simple as.

    You're Ok to use XP on both, it's Vista where the problems lie, as Microsoft does not allow the Home versions to be used in any virtual environments like Parallels or Fusion.

    What scanner is it? Will it not work on OSX?

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    Sweet that sounds simple enough.

    It's an old hp 4200 scanjet. It can run on OS X but the scanning software is not compatible with OS X i think, I have to double check as soon as I find the book for it. i'm also gonna see if I can find the updated drivers for it.

    How is your experience with Vista on Bootcamp?

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    Amazingly it actually works fine.

    I've used Vista quite a bit over the last 12 months on a friends daughter's PC laptop (Which had Vista pre-installed) and it has been a nightmare, with problem after problem. I am basically sick of troubleshooting the thing for her.

    However, on my iMac (2.4 C2D, 2 Gigs RAM) it runs quite smoothly and has been almost trouble free.

    It's an old hp 4200 scanjet. It can run on OS X but the scanning software is not compatible with OS X
    Do you actually need the scanning software? As long as the drivers are there then you can import from the scanner in Photoshop etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msellers View Post
    I love everything I can do with my Mac and still learning more everyday. I recommend to everyone doubting to switch some advice..trust me you will not be disappointed, plus you have all the helpful people on this forum to ask for help and advice. Trust me you'll be saying the same thing I did.
    If that is guaranteed im getting a Mac please say it is

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    lol! I wonder why that is... Maybe they were originally creating Vista to run on a Mac. haha!

    Do you have any kind of printers, scanners hooked up to your mac and running on vista?
    If so, are you having any kind of printer driver, or any other hardware issues like you would if they were running on a pc?

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    I've got a Canon ip4000 printer and Canon Lide35 scanner connected. Not had any trouble with the printer but I can't comment on the scanner, as I've never tried to use it in Vista.

    I'm using my Powerbook downstairs at the moment but I'll give the scanner a whirl in Vista later tonight and let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydilly View Post
    If that is guaranteed im getting a Mac please say it is
    I just wished I switched sooner. Think of this also, you can have the best of both worlds. Running Windows on a Mac and then OS X!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msellers View Post
    I just wished I switched sooner. Think of this also, you can have the best of both worlds. Running Windows on a Mac and then OS X!
    Where's my wallet, im not sure I would EVER want to see Windows again when I get a Mac.

    Still can't find my DARN wallet.

    Here it is I will hopefully order one tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shfle View Post
    Do you actually need the scanning software? As long as the drivers are there then you can import from the scanner in Photoshop etc.
    You know I never thought of that either. I'm also new to the world of CS3. Still learning that in School. How would I do that. Just import it from the Scanner in photoshop?

    I was also wondering if the scanners quickscan buttons will work? Maybe not I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shfle View Post
    I've got a Canon ip4000 printer and Canon Lide35 scanner connected. Not had any trouble with the printer but I can't comment on the scanner, as I've never tried to use it in Vista.
    Are the scanner and printer Vista compatible or no?
    I know that Vista has had problems with thier drivers, no upgraded drivers for alot of hardware that is not compatible with it.

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    Yep, just click 'file' then 'import' and your scanner should appear on the drop-down list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydilly View Post
    Where's my wallet, im not sure I would EVER want to see Windows again when I get a Mac.

    Still can't find my DARN wallet.

    Here it is I will hopefully order one tomorrow.
    lol!
    I ordered mine online with all the bells and whistles.

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