cross browser testing

anyone have a tried and tested cross browser testing solution.
need to be able to test on Win XP / Win 7 - across various browsers.

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Chris WongCommented:
7 Fresh and Simple Ways to Test Cross-Browser Compatibility
blue-genieAuthor Commented:
hi hkchris, i found that link too. I'm hoping for some first hand experience from the ppl here on ee.
If you have a lot of free space on your disk and a decent machine, you can install Virtual Box -- -- and then run your OS's on virtual machines. The VM software runs on windows, mac and linux and you can have a different virtual machine for every OS+browser combination.

You can even set screen resolutions directly on the VM, I use it to mimic low-end users with IE 6/7 on 1024x768 screens.

You won't have hardware-based 3D acceleration on the VM's but that's not a crucial point for crossbrowser testing.

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blue-genieAuthor Commented:
atipico - i have access to another machine that has wins xp on it win IE8 but I was hoping for an all in one solution.
i'll leave this open a few more days to see if anyone else has any other experience with this dilemma.
I use BrowserCam, while it is expensive to buy alone, there are always group buys happening where you can pay between $25-40 / year for full access.  It gives you access to every OS, every Browser, and almost every mobile device.  You can either ask the machines to take screenshots for you so you can view a whole bunch of shots at once or you can remote into the machines to test in real time.

Check this site for new group buys, it looks like another one will go live in January:
blue-genieAuthor Commented:
ok everyone, i think i need to close this. I don't think my boss is going to be willing to spend money on this, so for now I'll stick with testing on my spare machine.
thanks all for your feedback.
blue-genieAuthor Commented:
thanks all
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