How to convert PC file to Mac?

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  1. Romeo604 macrumors regular

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    I have a program which is a PC file and is not available for mac. Is there any program (freeware) that I can download to convert PC to Mac? Thanks.
     
  2. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    nope. what's the program?
     
  3. Romeo604 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its actually for school, its called "MicroCase". I have a mac laptop which i bring to school but this program is only avaible for PC but it says I can download an emulator to convert like virtual PC? Thanks.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Assuming you have a non-Intel Mac, you might be able to get it to work (slowly) in Q which is a free alternative to VPC.

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  5. Romeo604 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Yea i have a non intel mac, so there is no way i can actually convert the pc file into mac instead of running a program?
     
  6. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what you mean by converting the pc file to mac?

    If you mean change the program to run on a mac, then no.
    If you mean run software on your mac to be able to use this program, then your only options are Virtual PC (not free) or Q. As BalamW said, it'll be slow.

    There are other statistical programs for mac (e.g., SPSS), but assuming you need that one for your class I think you'll need to head to a computer lab.
     
  7. disconap macrumors 68000

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    If it's a simple program, Q will work pretty well. I do suggest Virtual PC, but yeah, it's not cheap. I bought it back in the OS9 days and found it to be pretty pointless; it doesn't really work for games, and most PC apps have Mac versions that can open the docs for them...

    Worth a shot to see if there is an X11 port or similar program on sourceforge.net.
     
  8. timmac macrumors member

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    . . . not to mention you also need a copy of the guest os to install (windows in this case).
     
  9. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    That's why I recommend the computer lab route. You'll find you become much more efficient with the stats too ('cause you won't be able to wait to get back to the mac :D )
     
  10. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Well, you can (or at least, you USED to be able to) buy versions of Virtual PC that were the straight program, the program with Red Hat Linux, or the program with Windows. But the bundles were more expensive. I don't know if they even offer that now...
     

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