Squeezing the last bit out of VPC

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Squeezing the last bit out of VPC

I just pulled out my old Virtual PC CD that was covered in dust, and decided to try it on my iBook (this is the only machine I am running on, so i am hoping to get every bit of strength out of it.) anyway, I have loaded up Windoze 2K on the Virtual environment, and noticed it is slow as hell. This is a iBook G4 1.2GHz with 256MB's Ram. Now, I know the ram is the problem, but as far as money is concerned, I can NOT afford to buy more ram. So... I am trying to squeeze the last bit of Processing juice out of VPC. I know there must be some tricks that people found out through experimentation. If I adjusted the Memory of the VPC Environment more or less, Would that effect the dif? like, so my Real environment, and my virtual, were not both paging at the same time. I am not sure if the virtual PC gets its strenght from the virtual environment assigned ram, or the Real environment. Does the VE put the ram from 2k on HD, or does it use the Real ram as part of it for running. Which side should i put more ram in. The REAL machine or the virtual. Also, i know I can disable MMX, Should I do this? will there be more power? and how much more power?

I am just trying to get a more effecient environment without spending $. The specs of the machine on which VPC is running:
iBook G4
1.2GHz
256MB Ram
60GB HD
12" screen
VPC 6.0
Win2k
OS X .3
128MB's VE Ram

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btw...

VE= Virtual Environment (in VPC Windows [or VPC emulated machine])
RE= Real Environment. (i.e Real Hardware [the ibook])

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The one thing on the specs list I'd change...

You could try increasing the screen size to 15 or even 17 inches... that may give you a bit of a speed boost.

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i dont think the screen size

i dont think the screen size is the problem. if anything, i need to decrease the screen rez. I have been playing around with it, and found if i decrease the VRAM for the VE, it gives a little speed boost. Another is if i quit the finder and only run the VPC app

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VPC

Try downgradeing to Win 98se.

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Re: VPC - Win98SE may not help much over Win2K

Try downgradeing to Win 98se.

I have VPC 7 running Win98SE, Win2K and WinXP on my G4 iMac. On my setup Win98SE and Win2K run at just about the same speed. Win98E may earn a very slight speed edge, but Win2K is more stable.

As for WinXP, that's a whole other story - unbelievably dog-slow, even after turning off much of the XP theme/visual stuff.

YMMV of course.

Matt

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Mac OS 9

Can you boot into Mac OS 9? 9's cooperative multitasking will let VPC have get a larger chunk of the processor. You'll also be able to use a bare extension set, which will be a lot more memry-efficient than 10.3.

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Re. Mac OS 9

The G3 series iBook was the last iBook to boot into 9

Win 95b is almost usable....

iBook G3 600
128mb Ram
10.3.9
VPC 6

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your right

my ibook wont boot into OS 9. Also, i need it to have an NT based system. So 2k fits fine

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