In LIBR 202, all students are required to use a software application that is currently only available for Windows. The program is called DB/TextWorks by Inmagic. There are a number of ways that you can meet this requirement. (To inform your choice, consider that DB/TextWorks might only be used for one project. Consult your section greensheet and instructor for usage details.)
Intel-based Mac Users
For those with a MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and newer iMacs, you can use virtualization software such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion to install and run Windows XP or Windows Vista on your Mac as a “Virtual Machine” [VM].
About Virtual Machines [VM]
- VM software like Parallels Desktop costs around $80.
- You will need to buy a licensed copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
- You might need to add additional memory (RAM) to your Mac (see below).
NOTE: students can buy Windows 7 (upgrade or full) from the SJSU Bookstore at a discounted price:
Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade) 32-bit $49
Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade) 64-bit $59
Windows 7 Home Premium (Full) $189
Windows 7 Professional (Full) $289
Windows 7 Ultimate (Full) $299
You must go to the SJSU Bookstore (no online purchases) and present your Tower ID to receive the discounted price.
An open-source virtualization software product called VirtualBox is available for free from Oracle. VirtualBox is similar in respects to other virtualization software such as Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion. VirtualBox is compatible with all Intel–based Macs.
DISCLAIMER: SLIS has not tested VirtualBox and cannot provide support for any issues experienced under VirtualBox.
Memory Requirements For Macs With Virtual Machines
- The amount of memory required depends on the amount currently installed.
- RAM allocated to a virtual machine is used only when that VM runs.
- When a VM is not running, the memory is released back to Mac OS X.
- It is recommended that at least 1GB of RAM is dedicated to each VM.
- For overall performance, it is recommended that your Mac have at least 2GB – 4GB of RAM.
- NOTE: Windows XP may run with as little as 256MB for a VM. This is discouraged.
Dual OS Macs With “Boot Camp” Software
- Intel-based Macs can use Apple's Boot Camp software to run Windows XP or Vista.
- Unlike VM software, which allows you to run the Mac OS X and Windows simultaneously, Boot Camp runs one at a time.
- This option saves money as virtualization software is unnecessary.
- Additional (RAM) memory may or may not be required with this option.
- A licensed copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 is still required for this option.
- There is further guidance at Apple's Official Boot Camp Support .
Virus & Malware Dangers
- Macs with Windows are vulnerable to virus/malware infection like any Windows PC.
- You will need to take the same types of precautions that Windows users do.
- It is strongly recommended that you obtain and install antivirus and anti-malware software under Windows for either the VM or Boot Camp options.
Short Term Laptop Rental
- Students with access to the SJSU campus can rent a Windows laptop through the Associated Students Laptop Rental program: as.sjsu.edu/ascsc/index.jsp?val=csc_lrp.
- After renting a laptop from Associated Students, install DB/TextWorks, and then use the laptop to complete your assignments.
- Students who are not located near SJSU may wish to consider investigating whether there are any companies in their area that offer laptop rental services.
Borrow A PC From Friends, Family, or at Work
- Some students obtain access to a PC through work, friends, or family.
- They then use that PC to complete their LIBR 202 assignments.
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