Long Time Windows User | First Time Mac! Two Big Questions!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by infamousevans, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. infamousevans macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for taking a lot. I did a little Google searching and didn't get too many definitive answers on these two questions. I've used a PC for 15+ years, and was pretty psyched to pick up my first Mac. I hope you can help.

    My hardware is a new Macbook Air 1.7GHZ 8gig Ram. Literally opened it a week ago.

    :apple: 1.) I want to run some older games that are windows based OS. The game specifically is Dark Age of Camelot. It is/wasn't ever MAC supported. Is there a way to emulate PC or get around this to run the program on my new MAC? Hoping not to shell out a LOT of cash to do it... and I'm also not super computer savi. I do well, but editing code is tough for me.

    :apple: 2.) I tried to warm up to the Magic Mouse, however I hate it. Is there any mouse out there that will recognize the traditional Right Click/Left Click feel. More or less this is a spin from my first question as I do enjoy some light gaming in my free time.

    Thank You for the help/feedback!
  2. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    For your first question, there's two options: you can use Bootcamp to install Windows on a separate partition and then choose whether to boot into Windows or OS X on startup, or, you can try some virtualization software, like Parallels. I'm not really familiar with either method, so someone else might have to chime in for how that game works under virtualization.

    For your second question: virtually any mouse should work just fine with OS X, so pick whatever mouse you want.
  3. infamousevans thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    I can see on the Apple Support Site that Bootcamp is basically built into MAC's? :eek:

    Is it something I can just use by activating the application? Does it require me to purchase a seperate copy of windows? I own a copy on my PC already
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    You will have to buy Windows 8 to install it on this new PC (your Mac).
  5. infamousevans thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    Uggh I hate Windows 8

    Is there a way to bypass with Microsoft to use my license key/software from Windows 7?
  6. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Allow me as a former Windows user who has converted except for Quicken which will hopefully happen in another year or two once they iron out the bugs from their new effort...

    1. I use Parallels with an existing version of Windows 7 meaning I did exactly what you want to do -- use an existing copy of Windows 7 with an existing license key. This worked without any hitches or problems.

    In terms of Fusion vs. Parralles each has its pros and cons and I don't think there is really a bad / wrong choice...one item, each has a limited lifespan of two OS X version and then you must update at a cost of $50 but it works very well [though you need more RAM than otherwise].

    2. I understand your comments about the MM and in point of fact I took my first one back...I then gave it another try and now prefer it over any other mouse.

    In my daily work I use a Logitech MX mouse which works perfectly with my MBA including both mouse buttons but -- again -- once you LEARN and APPRECIATE the hand gestures on the MM it won't be contest...best advice stick with MM for a bit.

    I hope the above is helpful.
  7. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    older windows game ? why not try Wine ? it emulates without Windows

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