CrossOver

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MrBullet, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. MrBullet macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    Just a quick question about the software cross over. Firstly do you recommend it to run Windows applications/games and secondly do any of you think there would be a problem in running Battlefield 2 using CrossOver.

    Thanks,
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    The general concensus appears to be that crossover does not work as well as bootcamp. WINE has a limited list of fully compatible apps, and at this point you're probably better off running windows natively.
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You'll have better luck with CrossOver Games, but even then it's not guaranteed to work.
     
  4. MrBullet thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers

    Thanks for the replies, I'll wait out till pay day and fork out £100 ish for a Windows & installation disk.
     
  5. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    CrossOver is great, as long as you get what it is/isn't. It is a compatibility layer that runs some Microsoft Windows programs without needing the overhead of Windows itself. It's not a general purpose way to run all Windows programs or Microsoft Windows itself.

    Where it can run a Windows program well, by translating Windows API calls to Mac API calls through a compatibility layer, it's great because it takes so few resources and runs them faster than a virtualization program like VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop. There's a compatibility list of what programs work well or not. However, because it's not really Windows, a lot of programs just don't work right.

    In the case of Battlefield 2, it sounds like it runs well enough that people use it with CrossOver. I'd consider trying it using a CrossOver trial version and see for yourself.
     

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