Confused between universal and powerpc apps!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by manjurr, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. manjurr macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    First time poster, long time lurker! I got my macbook yesterday, 2 ghz white (hooray for toilet seats!), and am a little bit confused between universal and powerpc apps. From what I understood, the universal apps are for Intel Macs, while the PowerPc apps are for the G4 procs. Now, my confusion is here: CAN I run PowerPc apps in my macbook? Because I need to use a few apps that I know are not universal (Office Mac, for one), and was wondering if I can actually run it because of Rosetta?

    Thank you for your patience!
     
  2. mark! macrumors 65816

    mark!

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    Universal means it is universal, it is for both PowerPC and Intel. It is rare you will find an Intel only Application.

    Rosetta will allow you to run PowerPC applications on your MacBook, so you can install Office and such as you wish.
     
  3. plinden macrumors 68040

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    But not all PPC apps will work under Rosetta, especially (or perhaps particularly) those that add kernel extensions. Examples that I know of are VPN clients such as Cisco's. The Cisco VPN client is now Universal, but unlike most PPC apps, the PPC version won't work at all.

    But most PPC applications do work under Rosetta.
     
  4. mark! macrumors 65816

    mark!

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    Some screensavers don't work either.

    Same with System Preferences panels that aren't universal.
     
  5. manjurr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool! Thank you SO much!! Now I can install me Word and start on the essaying!
     
  6. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Enjoy! And while you're at it, you may want to check out your trial version of Pages (should be on your computer). Congrats on your toilet sea, er, MacBook!
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    PPC web browser plugins are also a broad category that doesn't work unless you are running your browser in Rosetta mode...

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