Powerbook Titanium Question

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jules1977, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hi

    I have G4 Powerbook Titanium. Is it possible to buy anything to run a windows operating system on it?

    Cheers in advance
    Julie
     
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    There's Virtual PC if you can find it, but it runs like treacle.
     
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    I know Virtual PC is rubbish......Is this all there is for my machine?
     
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    Looks like you need to upgrade to an Intel mac laptop now.
     
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    I'm using one of those right now and can't imagine ever wanting to use a Windows OS ever again. :cool:
     
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    I dont really wanna use Windows, but am doin a course and all the stuff they send you is Windows based....I love my mac!!!!
     
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    And what have you expected? Emulating an entirely different CPU type is VERY hard (thus slow)
     
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    Thanks MacDrive

    ExAN - I didnt know what to expect, but I did notice that Virtual PC is very dodgy and just wondered if there was anything better.

    So.....if I upgrade to a MacBook, what would I need to do to run a Windows OS? ..... and would it be as slow as Virtual PC on my Powerbook?

    Julie
     
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    Use parallels. It runs much faster than virtual PC. In fact, it will be faster than many window laptops. It runs natively, so it's like having a windows laptop in a nice case, with osx installed.
     
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    Thanks again for all your help!!! Will have to look into buying a MacBook asap then!!
     
  13. Guest

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    Intel runs Windows natively

    I don't know if I'm stating the obvious,
    but in case you didn't know:

    Windows cannot run on a G4, except, as previousely stated by eXan:
    by "Emulating an entirely different CPU type is VERY hard (thus slow)"
    that being said, here is the reason:
    Windows is written for x86 processors, it is bascially the language in which
    the operating system adresses the processor to do what it needs done.
    Windows was not written for, and thus cannot tell your G4 Processor, what
    calculations to execute.
    Since this is the case, you can regard VirtualPC as being a translator. However the translation process itself takes a whole lot of processing power, thus making it slow. This translation process is called EMULATION.
    Now you can better understand what eXan meant:
    "Emulating an entirely different CPU type is VERY hard (thus slow)"

    Your question was:
    "So.....if I upgrade to a MacBook, what would I need to do to run a Windows OS? ..... and would it be as slow as Virtual PC on my Powerbook?"

    No, it would run much faster!
    To get to the point, MacBooks (the entire new Mac Series) have switched to IntelProcessors (x86-architecture), the exact same processor-architecture Windows was designed to run on. Windows is as responsive as on a PC with similar specs plus the packaging is eyecandy ;)

    In case you choose to upgrade, you have two options:

    1) Install the Windows of your choice using BootCamp on a separate Partition. In this case a restart is required whenever you switch between OS's

    OR
    as koobcamuk pointed out
    use "Parallels"

    2) "it runs natively, so it's like having a windows laptop in a nice case, with osx installed."
    which means you can run windows programms directly from OSX. It's a comfortable solution if you use Windows for certain programms needed for work.

    I like my Macbook, had WindowsXP running on it till recently, worked fine.
    Best wishes,
    Toma
     
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    Cheers TomSawyer

    Very nicely explaine....understand it all now!! You may have thought you were stating the obvious, but I didnt know....thank you!!!

    Julie
     
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    If by "the market", you mean, "the seven laptops that magazine tested", then, sure, the MBP's the fastest!
     
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    Yes, and not taking into consideration the newest laptops recently released which would run windows faster than the MBP by now.
     
  17. Guest

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    Thanks for pointing that out.
    Picked the info up a couple from a colleague a couple of days ago,
    and even though not entirely accurate :( , it boils down to:
    "Windows works fine on IntelMacs" ;)
     

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