If I have to get a new laptop…
If I get a MacBook, it would likely be a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo — as long as I can use Parallels or Boot Camp to run XP and keep most of my Windows software.
Unfortunately I hear that games on Parallels rarely work. And I do like a good adventure game at least once a year.
If I approach a Mac, I’ll need to know if Macs can use external hard drives that are Windows formatted (because I have a lot of them), or if I’d have to reformat them to the Mac standard — and if I did, would the Windows half of the Parallels be able to use them? Answer: “OS X can read & write FAT32. OS X can read, but not write, NTFS. Solely for migration, OS X can read your Windows hard drives.” No answer yet on what kind of drive a Mac running XP on Parallels would read & write.
Because I do not want to get a laptop with Vista. I could get a copy of XP on ebay and install it fresh on a Mac under Parallels or Boot Camp, or, I could attempt to downgrade a Windows laptop from Vista to XP. There seems to be more of a community of Parallel users, which would make it easier. It makes sense that there’s a community of Parallel users, but not a community of Windows users, since there can’t really be a community of Windows users since there are hundreds of different kinds of Windows PCs but only 5 or 6 kinds of Macs.
I’ve learned Photoshop CS2 runs well on Parallels if you have lots of memory.
I’ve learned Riddick cannot run on Parallels. Most games simply don’t work on Parallels.
I think a Mac that cannot run games is probably less annoying than a Windows machine that runs an operating system that no one uses.
But clearly I am undecided. Hopefully the new soundcard will work and I won’t need another computer for a few more years.