can you use a pc and a mac side by side?

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
..my dilemma.



my ibooks had it - i want to stick with mac os



but a pc would come in handy



is it feasible to have both?

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    kestonkeston Posts: 14member
    Yes. It can actually be useful. At work, I use both a PC & Mac side by side. The Mac is a 450Mhz G4, the PC is a 1.8Ghz P4.



    The things/apps that cant be done on my mac, I switch to the pc and do it. And because both drives are shared, when the file is done to a certain point on one machine, i can continue work on it from the other machine.



    I think it could be safe in the home environment, if you dont try to add or customize too much on your pc. So maybe use your mac for most things, and your pc for games, etc.



    [ 08-15-2002: Message edited by: keston ]</p>
  • Reply 2 of 11
    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    [quote]Originally posted by bryan fury:

    <strong>..my dilemma.



    my ibooks had it - i want to stick with mac os



    but a pc would come in handy



    is it feasible to have both?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    You know you can nice little compact PC's (Like 1/3rd the height of a normal tower! That would be handy next to your mac
  • Reply 3 of 11
    willoughbywilloughby Posts: 1,457member
    I also have a Mac and PC side by side, but not at work, only at home. At work I'm forced to use only a PC.



    I actually have a few computers at home and they're all networked together. My "server" is running Windows 2000 Advanced and thats where I store all mine and my wife's MP3s, plus all my web development work.



    The Mac I use for designing websites and any other multimedia. Recently I've been using it to do more unix based web projects (PHP,Apache,mysql).



    My wife connects her Windows 98 computer to the server and I connect my Mac to the server to play my MP3s through iTunes. Yes, all of my MP3s are on the server and I play them across the network with no problems. Its a pretty cool setup
  • Reply 4 of 11
    I use a Precision for PC work, and a PM G3-400 for Mac work/play and have them run through a KVM switch. Just a tap on the switch and I get to see whichever one I want on my one screen with one keyboard and mouse.



    I am waiting patiently for Dr. Bott to get it together on the KVM switch for DVI/USB. I have heard that the product is in the pipeline, and I want to use the Dell AND new Dual 1ghz Mac I just ordered on the Cinema I have. I keep waiting, they keep promising, so we'll see.



    There are a lot of good KVM switches, I have a ioio technologies unit and I would advise getting a different brand. It sometimes does not switch the keyboard and mouse properly.



    Overall, its a good setup, but soon to become antiquated if someone does not get it together on the DVI/USB KVM problem for reasonable cost.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    dobbydobby Posts: 794member
    We use OpenLDAP on Solaris to enable Mac/PC/+nix logins and drive mounts. There are quite a few quirks to be lived with, but all in all the mac and PC world can co-habilitate quite nicely.



    Dobby.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Like some other, I have both a mac and a pc under my desk, and use a KVM switch to pop back and forth. It comes in handy for testing , since I do a lot of cross platform multimedia stuff. I have a copy of DAVE, which works great for sharing the drives--although 10.2 makes this redundent since it hadnles windows sharing on its own.



    [ 08-15-2002: Message edited by: DJ_Adequate ]</p>
  • Reply 7 of 11
    [quote] You know you can nice little compact PC's (Like 1/3rd the height of a normal tower! That would be handy next to your mac <hr></blockquote>



    Like these babies?



    Small, everything integrated (3xFirewire, 4xUSB 2.0, Ethernet, sound and video), but stillupgradeable, has one PCI and one AGP slot!



    This was what the cube should have been!



    Love to have one, with OSX!



    <a href="http://www.viahardware.com/ss51xpc_1.shtm"; target="_blank">http://www.viahardware.com/ss51xpc_1.shtm</a>;



    <a href="http://www.hexus.co.uk/review.php?review=395"; target="_blank">http://www.hexus.co.uk/review.php?review=395</a>;



    <a href="http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2002q3/shuttle-ss51/index.x?pg=1"; target="_blank">http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2002q3/shuttle-ss51/index.x?pg=1</a>;
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Forget the extra pc...just get VirtualPC. It works great for any pc applications and most all pc drivers for devices that do not have mac drivers work.



    If your mac is oldish...sell the mac and use the money you would have used on your new pc and buy a snazzy dp 867 mac. Yikes....with dual processors VirtualPC flies!
  • Reply 9 of 11
    [quote]Originally posted by EchoDriver:

    <strong>Forget the extra pc...just get VirtualPC. It works great for any pc applications and most all pc drivers for devices that do not have mac drivers work.



    If your mac is oldish...sell the mac and use the money you would have used on your new pc and buy a snazzy dp 867 mac. Yikes....with dual processors VirtualPC flies!</strong><hr></blockquote>



    uhhh....VPC does not 'fly'. VPC is SLOW on EVERY platform, regardless of how much RAM or processor speed. Period. If you guys need a PC, then buy one. that's the only solution.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    [quote]Originally posted by EchoDriver:

    <strong>Forget the extra pc...just get VirtualPC. It works great for any pc applications and most all pc drivers for devices that do not have mac drivers work.



    If your mac is oldish...sell the mac and use the money you would have used on your new pc and buy a snazzy dp 867 mac. Yikes....with dual processors VirtualPC flies!</strong><hr></blockquote>



    VPC is very nasty IMHO! I have had only bad luck with it!



    I lags on a DP1Ghz and on a Tibook 800Mhz both with heaps of ram!
  • Reply 11 of 11
    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    Oh <a href="http://www.viahardware.com/ss51xpc_1.shtm"; target="_blank">these!</a> are what I was talking about!



    What a brilliant little package (Even tho I cant stand PC)
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