I've had this MacBook for 3 or 4 years and am nervous that it may not be able to cope with Nvivo, given how memory hungry Nvivo is. I'm considering buying a separate laptop, which I would dedicate to Nvivo for the duration of this project.
Is this totally unnecessary or a good idea? If it is a good idea, could you guide me about what I should look for in the new laptop, bearing in mind that I'd be looking for something as inexpensive as possible.
There are two problems to address here Mandy. The first one is the spec of the MAC. It is too low on RAM for example to cope with running NVivo in a MAC environment. This takes us to your second problem. To run NVivo on a MAC, you must install Windows Parallel which splits the resources between the MAC operating system and NVivo. So your two gigabyte MAC now delivers one gigabyte on the MAC side and the same to Windows which means you are now down to the minimum spec that it’s possible to run NVivo on. I think your idea of a dedicated machine for the project is a good one which cuts out all of the aforementioned problems. I’m sure the machine will not go to waste after the project and hardware has never been cheaper. You could get a range of laptops in the likes of PC World for four to five hundred Euros which would easily give you six gigabytes of RAM which would handle NVivo very comfortably.