Windows Emulation on Power Book G4

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Joined: 05/19/2006

My daughter has a Mac Power Book G4 laptop and needs to be able to use Internet Explorer, a particular version of it (6.0). I've checked the web and found an applicaton called "Parallels" but it won't work on a Power Mac. Microsoft has a version but they've stopped supporting it.

Do any of you know of an application that will allow windows applications to be used on a Mac?


Joined: 05/19/2006
Thanks Mark

Hey, great info. I'll check out Virtual PC and if that won't work I'll go down the list. Cheers

Mark Vergeer
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Joined: 01/16/2006
Virtual pc's for G4's, G5's

Hi Forcefield,
Virtual PC is the fastest solution, on my 1.2Ghz G4 it runs sort of like a pentium 3 600Mhz system, quite usable for browsing and office apps. Note: Virtual PC does not run on Intel-based Macs.
Qemu is a freeware solution, but that is too slow to be usable on my system. I say go Virtual PC!
Cheers, Mark
Virtual PC for Mac lets you run Microsoft Windows applications, access Windows networks, use Windows-only Internet applications, and share files with Windows-based colleagues. Virtual PC for Mac employs standard Mac controls and commands. It gives you the flexibility to work across platforms side by side without changing your Mac OS, software or files. Say goodbye to compatibility issues. Virtual PC for Mac lets you have the best of both worlds.
Guest PC is a commercial x86 emulator that supports the following OSes:
Windows XP Home and Professional
Windows 2000 Workstation and Server
Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server
Windows Me
Windows 98 and 98se
Windows 95
Windows 3.1
iEmulator is a low-cost PC emulator based on the code of Qemu; an open-source PC emulator. It supports DOS, Windows 98, WIndows 2000 and Windows XP. Its advantages over Qemu include ease of setup and commercial-quality technical support.
Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Currently, bochs can be compiled to emulate a 386, 486 or Pentium CPU. Bochs is capable of running most Operating Systems inside the emulation including Linux, Windows 95, DOS, and recently Windows NT 4. Bochs was written by Kevin Lawton and is currently maintained by this project.
Bochs can be compiled and used in a variety of modes, some which are still in development. The 'typical' use of bochs is to provide complete x86 PC emulation, including the x86 processor, hardware devices, and memory. This allows you to run OS's and software within the emulator on your workstation, much like you have a machine inside of a machine. For instance, let's say your workstation is a Unix/X11 workstation, but you want to run Win'95 applications. Bochs will allow you to run Win 95 and associated software on your Unix/X11 workstation, displaying a window on your workstation, simulating a monitor on a PC.

Q is a cocoa port of the PC emulator QEMU.

QEMU is a FAST! processor emulator using dynamic translation to achieve good emulation speed.
As QEMU requires no host kernel patches to run, it is very safe and easy to use.

-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-


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