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    Running Windows on a non intel mac?

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    Running Windows on a non intel mac?
    Hi Guys -

    I did a search on the site to see if there were any other threads but I couldn't find anything. I recently bought an old iBook G4 from a friend and I wanted to install Parallels on the machine, however it's not an intel based mac so that's a no go. Is there any software that will work for a non intel-based mac?

    Any help welcome

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    Running Windows on a non intel mac?
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    Only application I have ever used that allowed Windows on a PPC Mac was Virtual PC. It's SLOW. No matter how fast the Power PC Mac is, Windows runs very slow. Google Virtual PC.

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    Running Windows on a non intel mac?

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    Ahhh OK - So maybe it's not worth it. I've not heard great stuff about Virtual PC. Thanks for your reply!

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    Running Windows on a non intel mac?
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    There's also iEmulator, but unless you're talking about a fairly powerful PPC system (like a G5), it's probably not going to be worth getting into - especially now that first generation Intel Macs are available used for far less than half the original retail.
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    Running Windows on a non intel mac?
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    I agree with the others: Don't bother.

    I used it once or twice on a 1Ghz G4 (free licenses through university) and it's not even close to being useable.

    This is what it's like:
    Move mouse > wait for menu to be highlighted > click > wait for click to register > wait some more > wait > And there's your window.

    And that's the start menu

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