First let me say thanks to :
gre, briman, kermit, paulsondervan, and msssltd for giving me a hand here.
It's a confusing process for a first timer like myself and your input has helped me
Ok I've now got Vista 30 day demo installed and running. Yay.
BUT I'm having some issues:
My first attempt I was using my MBP screen and an external monitor and the virtual Vista box didn't play nice with this. I had multiple issues :
a. Very slow mouse movement issues but only during a specific program and only sometimes - I have no idea why. This program I absolutely need to run.
b. Screen refresh issues. Sometimes the screen would not redraw when switching apps, or whatever.
c. The monitor screen resolutions offered in Windows don't seem to match my external monitor.
I've tried different settings in the Virtual box settings like 2nd monitor support, changing ram (btw the max allowed seems to be around 2.5 gigs otherwise it doesn't work), etc.
I've also tried changing the windows screen settings and so far using an external monitor isn't so good.
That led me to reboot my MBP with the lid closed using the external monitor as my only monitor.
I'm having better results but still some issues :
Again the Virtual box Windows doesn't play nice with my monitor's settings so Windows isn't shown correctly. For example, in 'full screen' mode I am not able to see or access the things on the bottom 'menu bar' like the start button, or app icons, etc.
Does anyone have ideas / experience on how I can get Virtual Box Windows to correctly fit in my monitor?
Switching to 'Scale mode' makes the mouse go all slow (again) and isn't acceptable.
Scale mode puts the OS in it's own Mac window and everything seems to fit but since the mouse is so slow I can't use it. Way way way too slow
Those issues made me try with bootcamp again and again it failed. Apparently Apple has a bootcamp bug for the version that I had. I get a message of something like
" The startup disk does not have enough space to be partioned. You must have at least 10 GB of free space available. "
I found this message very interesting because I have 24 gigs free now on my boot drive.
So, I tried running software update and found out there is no updating bootcamp via software update. That led me on a search where I found something on Apple's site saying I need to download Bootcamp 3.1 to update it. I downloaded Bootcamp 3.1 and see it's an .exe file! What?
Apparently I have no idea how to update Bootcamp or use it in anyway because it doesn't do anything. It just says it can't do the install because I need 10 gigs… It also doesn't let me use the DVD option. I get the same message.
Bootcamp is bootstupid.
Bootcamp has been the most frustrating experience Apple has given me. On my Snow Leopard MBP it just doesn't work or do anything with apparently no way to update it. It also sounds like other versions of bootcamp and OS X like 10.8 may not run Vista?
Another problem is, I can't use Disk utility to create the partition because Vista apparently is supposed to be NTFS and I don't have that option in Disk utility. I'm also assuming that the needed support files wouldn't be installed either but I've read I can use the OS X install disk or download them online.
I was doing this stuff late last night so I may spend more time today but it's being a real pain.
I may order a new larger hard drive next week and give it a go again IF my serial for Vista works and the 30 day demo is unlocked. I don't know if they lock the serial to other hardware. I'm assuming if they do I can just recreate virtual drives and do the install every 30 days until I buy Windows 8 and get that working?
Does it soundl like the mouse slow down has anything to do with me running the virtual Vista box on an external usb hard drive or is it that my 2.26ghz MBP with 8 gigs of ram is too slow?
In the meanwhile maybe you guys can continue to offer advice with those issues if you've got any ?