Is there ever going to be a way to install PowerPC Apps in OSX Mountain Lion?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by LKay, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. LKay macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2012
    I did post this on the Apple support forums but I've had no replies, so I thought I might try my luck here!

    My mum recently bought me a game for Christmas which I asked for, which I thought, because it was designed for Mac, would work on my MBP.

    However, when I tried to install it, for some reason it just wouldn't allow me to, and I couldn't work out why until I discovered that Apple have, for some reason, taken away the ability to use PowerPC Apps on OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, which unfortunately this game falls into the category of.

    So, apart from nearly killing my MBP by trying to create a partition in my hard drive to install Snow Leopard on (which I still have the install disk of from my old MBP which was stolen earlier this year) to run it off, which didn't work anyway because Apple appear to have closed any loopholes which should allow you to install older OS, my mum has wasted the best part of £50 on this game which I simply can't use.

    I've also installed a virtual machine on my MBP in an attempt to install Snow Leopard on that, which doesn't appear to be working either. I've tried installing Rosetta as well but to be honest it doesn't seem to be making any difference.

    Either way, I feel like I'm going round in circles here and basically I'd like to know whether Apple (or anybody else!) will ever introduce a way of being able to install PowerPC Apps on current and new OS? Also, if anyone HAS figured out a way to do it already, please enlighten me!

    And if not, please let me know so I can tell my mum to send this game back so she hasn't completely wasted her money.

    Thanks! :)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Installing Snow Leopard (and Rosetta) into Parallels 7 in Lion

    I spare you the two step search results.

    Anyway, 2012 Macs cannot run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard due to missing drivers for 2012 hardware in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
    That has always been the case with Mac OS X.
    As for the grey Restore DVD not working, it is one only working with the model it came with, and two, does not have drivers for 2012 hardware.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    And Apple isn't going to put PPC support back in either.
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    What is the game and where did she buy it?

    Perhaps there's an alternative that works on Intel, or an updated version, or an update patch.
    Otherwise, your mum should be able to get her money back, as the game is not fit for purpose. If they said it would work on any Mac, then you should be able to get a refund.

    Almost no developers are still selling apps that are PPC only. Apple announced the transition to Intel over six years ago, yet some developers were still "caught out" when it dropped Rosetta from the OS.
  5. MichaelLAX, Jan 7, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013

    MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011

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  6. R-Flow macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2012
    Amsterdam, NL
    An in late 2012 nearly £50 costing game that's PPC-only? :confused:

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