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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CramSoup, Jun 29, 2004.
with Virtual pc you can run windows on a mac but is there a program that i can run osx on a pc?????
There is a way yes, I can't remember the name of the program at the moment. I'm sure someone else can provide that.
However I have read it is stupidly slow. Alot slower than emulating windows on a mac. PC CPU's just don't cut it for emulation. So while a Dual 2.5Ghz G5 might emulate a usable 1Ghz Pentium PC, a Dual Pentium 3ghz system running the OS X emulator will feel like a 50Mhz mac.
It's pretty much useless except for the novelty value or if there is something small you really really desperately need to do in OS X.
I know i just need to make the switch!!! I am in love with ilife but money is tight i was wanting to play with it till i can buy a mac. but from what you are saying it doesn't really seem possible.
some information in that story. Also i noticed them say it runs approx. 500 times slower than the host system & took 4 hours to install OS X.
You really should have a good play with OS X though, I'd suggest getting to an Apple Centre or maybe find a mate or a friend of a friend who would show you.
It's PearPC and it's just in its very early stages of development. So it's in fact quite slow.
I think the important point to make is that it'll never be fast. I remember reading it boils down to the CPU. PC's (CISC) cannot emulate very well, where as Macs (RISC) can do it pretty well. Windows emulation on a mac is only just bareable.
There are three major Mac emulators.
Basilisk II - Runs OS 7 and 8 (fast). Requires a ROM image.
SheepShaver - Runs OS 8 and 9 (medium).
PearPC - Runs OS X (slow). Requires a Darwin CD to partition the virtual hard drive.