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    Switcher question

    I switced over to the MAC a few months ago, as I was making the switch, I couldn't wait to junk my Windows stuff. Now I am unable to check out my pages on a Windows system, especially IE!

    Is there a way short of going to a Windows machine to check out my pages? Maybe sone sort of an emulator?

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    There is Microsoft Virtual PC which runs Windows 2000/XP etc from your Mac.

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    Macintosh

    What problems are you having? I've got experience in both mac and pc development. Maybe I can help. PM me.

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    Same..
    but if he just wants to test his stuff in IE, wouldn't it be be a better and more convenient if he just got VPC7 or something?

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    x86 emulation on PPC is inevitably slow - Even on a Dual 2.5GHz G5 with a couple of gigs of RAM, sure, it's usable for testing on this, but it's usability all depends on how powerful the Mac is.

    (It is not MAC, MAC is a network identification, Mac, however, is the name of an OS)

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    Macintosh

    It would be best to find out what is issues are first before telling him answers. For example, if he can't get PHP files to load because he doesn't know where to stick the files, (in the sites folder) and turn on web sharing, then telling him to purchase Virtual PC might be a bad idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Error 404
    (It is not MAC, MAC is a network identification, Mac, however, is the name of an OS)
    Bugger...I was just about to mention that

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    Quote Originally Posted by grubesteak
    It would be best to find out what is issues are first before telling him answers. For example, if he can't get PHP files to load because he doesn't know where to stick the files, (in the sites folder) and turn on web sharing, then telling him to purchase Virtual PC might be a bad idea.


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    PHP isn't enabled by default on OS X, you have to edit httpd.conf.

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    There must be others out here who only have OSX. Do you even bother to check out your CSS pages in IE. It's just really a shame that of all the browsers, the only one that gives me grief is IE, and that's the one the most people use. I think? I love FF, and Safri, my pages even look good in Netscape, it's just IE. It's very frustrating.

    I guess I have to look into Virtual PC?

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    What are the specs of your machine?

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    I have an ancient Thinkpad running Win98 that I can lug around with me to check out IE6. When I'm at home, I also have a few WinXP boxes laying around I just network together. It might be worth getting a junker PC to do Win/IE testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Error 404
    What are the specs of your machine?
    I have Imac G5 with 2g of memory, and a Powerbook 17 G4 with 1g of memory.

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    Yeah, IE Win gives me grief. I develop on OS X at home, XP at work. So, I use the work computer to check out my sites for errors. Or, there's always a library.

    You could always just get a used, el cheapo windows laptop to check your sites in IE. You should never just check on one browser/platform only, if you want your site to look great.

    Plus, validating goes a long way, I find.

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    VPC should run fine on both of those computers, it's up to you whether to get an x86 box, or VPC.

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    Yeah, I have a 17" Powerbook G4 w/1GB RAM, and VPC7 with WinXP runs just fine. However, there are issues with VPC7 and Mac OS X Tiger. Networking went a little screwy when I installed Tiger, and I came across this on the Microsoft VPC site:

    "We are working on an update to make VPC 7 compatible with Tiger. This will be a free update and will be available on this site within the next few months."
    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/howtobu...id=sysreq#vpc7

    In regards to PHP on Mac OS X, check out the do-it-all-for-you installers for PHP 4.3.x and 5.0.x from http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/php/


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