Questions About Intel Macs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mac'Mo, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

    Mac'Mo

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    Can someone please explain the new features that Intel Chips bring to Macs? I am new to macs and not the most technically-adept person, so using lots of convoluted language will not help that much. I'd like to know what Rosetta, BootCamp and Dual Booting OS means?
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    1. They're sooooo much faster.

    Rosetta = an emulation environment that allows applications not yet converted for native running in an Intel Mac to run albeit with a performance hit.

    Boot Camp = a program you run only once that partitions your HDD and creates a CD with Windows drivers for the Mac hardware. Once you've run Boot Camp you can now install Windows and you'll never run Boot Camp again unless you want to delete Windows.

    Dual-Boot = By default, all Macs boot to Mac OSX. Dual-booting is where you can, by holding down the option key whilst the Mac is turning on, select to boot into another OS ie Windows XP if you have some applications that aren't made for the Mac OS. You have to shut down and restart to change operating systems.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    First off you don't need to know about any of this to use the Mac.

    Dual boot: It means you have to Operating systems installed and you get to select which one to use when you turn the power on. Boot Camp is the software that enables this

    Rosetta: This is the part of Mac OSX that allows you to run older Power PC programs on the new Intel Mac. It works i the background, out of sight of the user.
     
  4. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. Mac'Mo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    2 more questions. It was mentioned that you only have to run BootCamp once because it allows for Windows to be installed.
    1) Is this Windows XP or some other version of Windows
    2) Does a MacBook/Pro bought on Apple.com come with a copy of Windows OS? (if not then must you have a legit copy or can you have a burned/pirated copy?)
     
  6. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a

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    Has to be XP service pack 2.

    No Apple computer comes with a copy of Windows. You purchase that separately. I'll let you guess the answer to whether the copy has to be legal or not. Are you not familiar with the Windows activation process?
     
  7. PillarFan1 macrumors member

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    also it has to be the full version of xp home or professional, not the upgrade
     
  8. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    Bootcamp is the installer for windows xp that partitions your hard drive (Divides it in two kinda, one fro tiger one for windows)
    1: It does have to xp servicee pack two complete install.
    2: When you buy the macbook/pro on apple it does not come with bootcamp or windows xp. Bootcamp is a freedownload off apples site and you have to purchase windows xp seperatly.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Boot Camp only provides drivers and support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2.

    No Apple computer comes with Windows pre-installed (unless you buy it from a reseller who is offering such a deal) - you need a Full Version retail copy of Windows XP Home or Pro with Service Pack 2.
     

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