Does any version of 10.5 offer Boot Camp for PowerPC Macs?

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Last Modified: Feb 18, 2011 8:44 AM
No. Boot Camp is only designed to work on Intel Macs, even though you can install 10.5 through 10.5.6 on Intel Macs. Some have posted that they've read it comes with versions of 10.5. While partially true, it is not the entire story. If you have a PowerPC Mac, Boot Camp will not get installed. If your intent is to run Windows on your PowerPC Mac, these sources exist to do so:

Wintel by Open OS X

OpenDarwin's Darwine for PowerPC (not a full Windows emulator, but rather a background program that allows certain Windows executables to run without Windows).

iEmulator


These are PowerPC only solutions and will not work on Intel Macs:
Lismore Systems GuestPC

Microsoft VirtualPC Microsoft Support for VirtualPC has been discontinued, though some third party sources may still have it for sale.

Regardless of the source, Windows on PowerPC is slow, and offers very little in terms of GPU and audio compatibility.

In terms of optimizing Windows to run on any Mac, these are the Mac CPU hardware requirements, and Windows environment swapfile requirements to ensure the best optimization. The swapfile is the hard disk space allotted to Windows in its setup to duplicate addressing of physical RAM to hard disk, for more swapping of multitasking memory.

G3 - Windows 95 or Windows 98, with 256 MB of RAM assigned to emulator and 2 GB assigned to swap file.

G4 - Windows 2000 or Windows ME, with 512 MB of RAM assigned to emulator, and 5 GB assigned to swapfile.

G5 - Windows XP, with 1 GB of RAM assigned to emulator, and 10 GB assigned to swapfile.

Running a version of Windows newer on an older Mac CPU may require even greater hardware background support if possible, though it usually isn't.

http://guide.apple.com/
http://www.versiontracker.com/
http://www.macupdate.com/

offer lots of solutions for software that will ready Windows formatted files on Macs. There are also solutions for reading Windows formatted CDs and DVDs on Macs which vary by Mac operating system. Feel free to ask about these. You can also network Windows and Macs following these tips:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2959?viewlocale=en_US

The Windows Compatibility forum has many people who can help in your migration from Windows, as well as understanding working with people who use Windows:

http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=687

Buying a new or refurbished Mac with an Intel chip, will enable you to virtualize Windows, use Mac OS X's Boot Camp, or other virtualization engine.
Virtualization is chip native environment, meaning running games that work with various GPUs and audio chipsets work better than emulation on PowerPC Macs, and are native to the chip.

These do not work on PowerPC Macs if they weren't mentioned above:

Parallels

VirtualBox

DosBox

VMWare

Wintel by OpenOSX

iEmulator

QEMU

Similar to Open Darwine mentioned above:
CrossOver

WINE on Intel Macs

Message was edited by: a brody
Ready for consideration to Boot Camp and 10.5 installation and setup forums.
Hi a brody,

Some suggestions:

No. Boot Camp is only designed to work on Intel Macs, even though you can install 10.5 through 10.5.6 on {color:green}Intel{color} Macs.
No. Boot Camp is only designed to work on Intel Macs, even though you can install 10.5 through 10.5.6 on {color:red}PowerPC {color} Macs.

The Microsoft VirtualPC link goes to mactopia.
try
http://www.microsoft.com/PRODUCTS/info/product.aspx?view=22&pcid=51c3ec0f-d798-4 d8d-bd61-71036bcfa8c6&type=ovr

Running a {color:green}version of Windows newer {color} on an older Mac CPU
Running a {color:red}newer version of Windows {color} on an older Mac CPU

{color:red}These sites: {color}
http://guide.apple.com/
http://www.versiontracker.com/
http://www.macupdate.com/

Thanks,
Nubz
a brody wrote:
... These do not work on PowerPC Macs...:
QEMU


I thought that QEMU does support PowerPC as a host
http://www.qemu.org/status.html