Is Windows "emulated" or "native" with Boot Camp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jhtrico1850, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. jhtrico1850 macrumors regular

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    I want me a Mac. That iLife thing. And no viruses. And no plug and pray. And OpenOffice and only things Windows has going for it is customization and games but I don't need that. But! Boot Camp, does it run Windows just like a PC runs Linux or is it "emulated"? Basically, comparing a Mac with "x" specs and PC with "x" specs, should they be +/- 15% of each other?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    emulate |ˈemyəˌlāt| verb [ trans. ] match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation : lesser men trying to emulate his greatness. • imitate : hers is not a hairstyle I wish to emulate. • Computing reproduce the function or action of (a different computer or software system).

    How is Linux emulated on a PC without a virtual machine? Boot Camp isn't an abstraction layer it's direct hardware access.
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Native...

    The Intel Macs are PCs, they just deviate from the standard a bit.

    So all they need is the drivers, bios compatibility layer, and a Windows partition to get it to boot Windows.
     
  4. ctango macrumors member

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    Bootcamp will run as a separate OS. You may be thinking of Parallel Desktop, which is different. From all reports I've heard, Windows runs faster on a Mac via bootcamp then a comparable non-Mac.

    BTW. You can customize OS X as well. It takes buying a few shareware software titles, but it is possible still.
     
  5. jhtrico1850 thread starter macrumors regular

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    As I said, PC's run Linux natively not emulated. One of these days I'll get to the Apple store or some other PC store and test run myself:D So good to here it's "native". Customized, as in one can get a $250 browsing/mail/office PC or get a PC with tons of storage and not a lot of CPU vice versa. But I'm not that extreme.

    Question, what makes Apple no plug and pray? Does Mac constantly download ALL the available drivers or something? Or different driver model?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It is plug and play. Apple has written much of the drivers themselves though. Otherwise you still have to go through installing drivers for some hardware,
     
  7. jhtrico1850 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm yum quad core for $266 in June and tablet/convertible/hybrids (notebook) here already. I hope Apple competes.
     

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