i was just wondering if there is anything that can be done to speed up the virtual machine.

I'm working on Windows XP, 512 MB Ram, CPU 2.4 GHz, not having hardware-assisted virtualisation.

If you need further information, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks in advance

Best Wishes

  • it is always slow or just sometimes?
    – mojtaba1
    Jul 15, 2015 at 14:12
  • It's a constant thing.
    – gado007
    Jul 16, 2015 at 16:28

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If this is your primary PC you use for your everyday life, I'm afraid there is not much you can do. The appliance is designed to be as bare minimum as it gets. On the other hand, if this is a machine you can use just for CS50, or some casual web surfing, you can install the appliance's operating system directly to your hard drive, and not through a virtual machine. This way it will have access to the full resources and not just the fraction of them that the virtual machine gives. You can find the operating system from the official CS50 site where at the final paragraph of the NOTICE there is a link for an ISO image, which you can burn to a CD or a thumb drive and install it to your hard drive. If you can't find the link, it's that link.

  • I guess you (Chris Gantidis) can ring them bells for Saint Catherine, yet! Jul 17, 2015 at 16:29

Have you thought about adding RAM? Additional RAM will help. Also, you may want to upgrade your OS. You shouldn't be running XP anyway. Think about installing Linux.

  • Once I'm feeling more comfortable with CS I defenitly consider installing Linux. Thx for the valuable tips. Just wondering how i could adding RAM?
    – gado007
    Jul 25, 2015 at 6:09

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