Sorry if this thread already exists but I couldn't find much when I searched.
I'm looking to buy a computrainer and I run a mac. Can this work? It's a core 2 duo processor and can run windows applications(mac book was bought new in late '07). I'm fairly illiterate in the computer department.
The beta of windows 7 is free and open to the public. You could try to hook the computrainer up to that if you don't feel like buying a windows license, though I don't know how long the beta will be good for.
It works quite well in bootcamp. I run it on a macbook pro dual core (about a year old, the aluminum one) with 4gigs of RAM. Installation is no more complicated than on a PC (which is a bit complex as you can read online).
I run XP on bootcamp, as I didn't want to risk all the Vista headaches. 3D courses work well, as does coaching software, and multirider. I also use ergvideos which are excellent (and why I use multirider software).
I have my setup with the video display cloned onto a plasma TV over an HDMI cable. A $20 DVI to HDMI cable will plug right into the side of your macbook and let you run all computrainer features on a bigscreen tv which is great with the ergvideos or RLVs.
I haven't had a problem, as in bootcamp mode the macbook pro is a pretty fast dual core PC, and the onboard NVIDIA card is more than adequate to handle the Computrainer3D graphics or Ergvideos.
None of the websites will tell you they support it, but I can tell you it works fine. Just make sure you have a big enough bootcamp partition created on your PC if you are going to run ergvideos, as they are about 4 gb a piece and you have to copy them to the HD.
As for Parallels / VMware, I have VMware up, but with all the 3d and serial to PC communication i couldn't get it up and running in virtual machine. Just reboot to bootcamp though, it only takes about a minute or two and then all is fine. Trust me, you aren't going to surf the web while doing tough intervals in erg mode, so it doesn't matter.
* Hope I didn't screw up the post here, I just found this through google so I created an account to reply. Let me know if you have any questions. But I can tell you, its a great way to train, and no, you don't need to go buy a PC to do it if you already have bootcamp and windows installed.