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    Jan 16, 2008
    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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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.12, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.12 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 3GS
    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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    Member Since
    Jan 16, 2008
    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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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    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.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Aptmunich's Avatar
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    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    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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