Run hardware that prodives PowerPC on an Intel based Macbook Pro?

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  1. Tantagda macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I got this old Yamaha keybord that I would like to use on my macbook pro. The keyboard is from 2004.

    I downloaded the driver for the keyboard and installed this, but when I try to open it in system settings it say that it doesn't work on an Intel-based Mac.

    I found out that Macbooks before 2006 had the PowerPC processor. Now I wonder, is it possible somehow to make this keyboard work?
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Until OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), you could, with Rosetta.

    From 10.7.x onwards (Lion and onwards), it's no longer possible to deal with anything PowerPC.
     
  3. Tantagda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okey! Thanks.

    Do you know how to make it work? I have snow leopard. Everything I've tried doesn't work.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Install Rosetta. It's in the OS X installation disc that came with your Mac.
     
  5. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    It should be working fine if you have Snow Leopard. PowerPC application support was dropped in Lion.

    Confirm that you have Rosetta installed and working fine.

    Raptor
     
  6. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Then again - what kind of keyboard is this and how does it connect to Mac?
    Perhaps there's an alternative / 3rd party driver available, written for Intel Mac?
     
  7. Tantagda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a Yahama Keyborg DGX-203. I've downloaded a driver from yamaha, the only one that is for Intel, the latest one they have is for Tiger 10.4 Intel. But as I have snow leopard, maybe it will not work anyway?
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You can always try it, it can't hurt to try. But you seem to ignore every post suggesting you install Rosetta, I'd start by doing that.
     
  9. goMac macrumors 603

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    Rosetta does not necessarily make PowerPC drivers work.
     
  10. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    It seems to boil down to USB-MIDI interface drivers for Intel Mac.
    I found this in our forum (look at post #22 and the follow-ups)
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=296746
    Also, it appears, Yamaha has it's own forum at http://yamahaforums.co.uk
    perhaps you can get a better lead from them?
    If all other options run out, you could try with drivers for other Yamaha DGX models. E.g. the DGX-620 has quite fresh drivers for 10.9 available.
     

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