Windows XP on OS X without Intel?!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Rikora, May 5, 2006.

  1. Rikora macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2006
    Okay, I have an iMac G5, but it does not have the intel processor. Can I still use a version of bootcamp, or is there another program I can use. I have a copy of XP from my laptop, but the laptop doesn't have the capabilities to run certain games. What should I do???!
  2. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Bootcamp will not work on PowerPC Macs.

    If you want to use XP, it has to run under emulation software such as Virtual PC. There are a few others as well, though I can't think of them off the top of my head, I think there's one called Q actually.

    Using things like this creates a virtual machine on your iMac that will run windows. The "specs" of this virtual machine are very limited so using an emulator is quite slow, and is really suitable for more basic stuff. In other words, no Photoshop, games, movie editing etc.
  3. Rikora thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2006
    Okay, I checked into "Q" and it seems alright, but the main thing I'm trying to do is run an online game that is only for PC. Would this be way too slow, or somewhat bearable?
  4. PatrickF macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2006
    You can pretty much forget games on any emulation software. Reason being is that the OS running in the emulator doesn't have direct access to the machine's hardware. The emulation software has to emulate some dummy hardware that it maps to the real hardware. This is why you'll see different hardware installed to what you actually have.

    Best solution would be to get a cheapish PC (or an Intel Mac! :D)
  5. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I've never tried, but I think it would be pretty unbearable. The virtual machines have limited graphics capabilities.
  6. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    Well your questions have been answered, but there is always Virtual PC from Microsoft but no gaming.....not in emulation. Also there is no such thing as an iMac G5 with an Intel CPU ;) (G5 is the CPU)
  7. cherfizzle macrumors regular

    May 9, 2006
    Waterford, New York
    Nooo way, i had virtual PC, and when you split up the memory, it gets all messed up, like it runs slower than it would, virtual PC is not very reliable unless you have about a gig of ram
  8. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    I once tried to install a game on virtual PC, just for the hell of it.

    Follow my advice and dont do it. It screwed up VPC so bad i couldnt open it or delete it or anything. Sounds like Microsoft doesnt it?

    No biggy, i didnt use VPC anyway.
  9. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    I realize BootCamp doesn't work for PowerPC Macs, but what happens when Leopard is realized? From what I've heard on these forums is that BootCamp will be part of Leopard, but will Apple allow pre-Intel Macs to use BootCamp?

    I guess we will have to wait and see.
  10. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    No we won't. Windows won't run in anything except processor emulated form on PPC Macs. Period.
  11. unfaded macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    What? No. Bootcamp just allows the computer to boot into XP, which requires an Intel processor. It's not a magical re-programming of the entire Operating System of Windows that would be required to make it run on a PowerPC.

    BootCamp is for Intel Macs. Period.
  12. jamesi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2005
    Davis CA
    you should be a sav and just figure out how to get XP on your PPC and then have that be your claim to fame ;)
  13. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    Well all he has to do is get all the Windows source and then fix any endian issues and recompile it. Should be a snap...not. :)
  14. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2003
    And then get the source code for all the Windows apps and compile those for Windows-PPC, since the standard Windows-Intel versions would not run under a hypothetical Windows-PPC without being recompiled.
  15. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    How much do you wanna bet Micrapsoft has done that and just doesn't tell anyone?
  16. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    When Leopard comes out it will know if it's installing on a PPC or an Intel and install accordingly..

    A person will never be able to install Windows on the PPC architecture that's designed for Macs.
    Any attempt to install the bootcamp on a PPC machine will merely result in a really,really screwed up machine..

    If one wishes to dual-boot one will have to buy an Intel Mac.Period.End of story.
  17. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6

    Yep, that is the bottom line -sadly. :(

    I would love to be able to use BootCamp on my Power Mac G5. :)
  18. PatrickF macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2006
    Microsoft used to have PPC, MIPS, and Alpha versions of NT 3.51 and NT 4.0 back in the days. Not sure about the PPC and MIPS versions but the Alpha version had something similar to Rosetta that allowed the Alphas to run NT x86 binaries.

    Of course we all know Microsoft threw in the towel for those architectures a long time ago.
  19. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Not to sound too cynical or anything, but I can't believe some people don't realize this yet. Maybe I am just too interested in macs:p

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