Virtual PC alternatives?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Craigy, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Craigy macrumors 6502

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    Well, our new Macbook Pro is supposed to arrive in a few days time and we have sold our powerbook. We used VPC on the powerbook to run MS Enterprose manager / SQL server.

    Until VPC is out as a universal binary: can anyone recommend a VPC like application that will run on intel. I've looked at the Guest PC site but can't find any universal binary info.

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  3. Craigy thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. bigboy99 macrumors 6502

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    I'm interested in Windows emulation solutions, but don't understand this thread in light of the following from the Darwine site:

    v.9.7 DP

    Important Warning: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN WINDOWS APPLICATION USING IT ON POWERPC HARDWARE USING THIS RELEASE.

    I just installed Virtual PC 7.0 on my Powerbook G4 (1.67G/2G ram). It seems to run Windows apps nearly as fast as my Dell Inspiron 8200 (2.2G/512M ram) except for opening and saving, which are slower. It uses all the OS X (10.4.5) peripherals (mouse, printer, network, internet, etc.) without issue.
     
  5. rehlers macrumors member

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    Good luck with Q, its still very alpha. I Tried windows 98 and 2000. Some people have had luck installing windows 98 on a PPC machine and then moving it over to intel. Windows 2000 I got installed, but now it won't install any applications. What does run, works fairly well though. I am hopeful that in a few months we'll see something that is pretty good.
     
  6. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I think it's almost worth avoiding the hassle and frustration to just buy a cheapo laptop on ebay. Some Toshiba or HP that's a couple years old. It'll run everything XP based just fine, and cost about 500 bucks. Worth avoiding the hassle if you ask me.

    /Hated VPC
     
  7. bigboy99 macrumors 6502

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    The Mac version of Quicken is barely shareware compared to the PC version, and the files will not import without major nightmares (missing info - try vetting 7 years of 8 accounts). I had hoped to use a native app, but personal finance apps written for the Mac are not great, either.

    I have a Dell Inspiron that still works great ( my Powerbook is far more inspiring), but with a loaded PPC G4 & Virtual PC 7 I am now able to again accomplish all the tasks that I bought a computer for. No need to drag two of them on my journeys.

    Some folks like rice, some like steak...

    BB99
     
  8. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

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    The OP doesn't have PowerPC hardware, he has a MacBook Pro, which runs intel hardware. Also, I have a hard time believing that you get near-native speed in VPC. I've used it before, and it doesn't come anywhere near the speed of my PC, but it's still useful.
     
  9. bigboy99 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I re-read the entire thread and figured that out (too late). I wouldn't run PhotoShop in emulation, but for Quicken it actually does perform at about 80% +. In 7.0 the amount of memory can be pumped up to 512 meg, and the tranparent use of all Mac peripherals make it a reasonable solution for me.
     

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