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Delphi XE3 inside a Windows 7 VMware Fusion VM at 2560×1600 on a 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro at 2880×1800

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/03/27

I was amazed that this is still usable:

You can even run VMware Fusion 4 full screen at 2880×1800, but I prefer to have the Mac Desktop and Dock to be visible. I didn’t have any of the VMware Fusion 4 issues mentioned here.

So the only thing you need VMware Fusion 5 for is Windows 8 support.

You need SwitchResX to get the Retina MacBook to use 2880×1800 at all (otherwise you get 1920×1200 at 1.5 scale factor, which is also a 16:10 display ratio).

It really runs 5+ hours on one battery charge, which is much longer than my ThinkPad W701.

All in all, I’m very happy with this setup.



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Delphi XE3 inside a Windows 7 VMware Fusion VM at 2560x1600 on a 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro at 2880x1800

7 Responses to “Delphi XE3 inside a Windows 7 VMware Fusion VM at 2560×1600 on a 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro at 2880×1800”

  1. WarrenP said

    I find doing PC coding on a Mac keyboard complicated by the choice of native function keys versus mac defaults where the Function keys are mapped to special functions. My brain gets a bit confused. I like F8 to work as F8 in a WinVM but still have F10/F11/F12 (volume mute/up/down) remain as they were. This is possible in VMWare Fusion but setting it up and then remembering the wonky choices I’ve made is confusing for me.

    It’s even possible to take the bonus function keys (F16-F19) on a desktop Mac keyboard and map them to things that are convenient for Delphi use in Windows, but alas on a MacBook Pro you don’t get all those juicy bonus keys.


  2. DataCool said

    Nice setup, exactly what i’m looking for as next developer mashine. So good to know that this setup is “still usable” ;-)

  3. Nice, enjoy!
    Your choice of font brings back old memories. ;-)
    I used to swear by Lucida Console – until I found Consolas – I’m a convert now. ;-)

  4. Colin Johnsun said

    You should upgrade to VMWare Fusion 5 as it already provides Retina support.

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