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Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 12:14 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)No
You need Mac hardware to run Mac software - proprietary issues
now, you can run windows on the mac
reversed of what you "wished" for2Ghz (Early 06) 20 in. Intel Core Duo, PB G4, 17 in., shuffle, tv, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5), Aperture, CS3, Remember: Repair Permissions and then Repair Permissions . . .
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 12:22 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)You cannot legally use Mac OS X on any machine other than a Mac created by Apple. While there are hacks to get Leopard and Tiger running on generic PCs, they are unsupported and against the software license agreement you agree to while installing. Also, you will not have the best experience with Mac OS X if you try to run it on generic hardware, as it was not designed to do that; it was only developed to run on Apple's hardware.
I would recommend waiting until you actually get a Mac. If you do have a Mac, then yes, you can install Leopard on an external USB hard drive and boot from that, while still being able to access other drives. I believe that Mac OS X can only access partitions with the FAT format, not NTFS. I believe that you may be able to access NTFS drives using MacFUSE <http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/> and NTFS-3G <http://www.ntfs-3g.org/>, but this is unsupported and for advanced users only.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 12:27 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)Part of how they make the Mac such a good experience is by having close integration between hardware and software. Rather than taking the Windows approach of having one company develop the OS and other companies develop drivers, and still more companies building machines and bundling the OS and drivers with them (which means that three different companies, sometimes, all have to get everything working together), Apple prefers to develop all of the software and hardware themselves (and they can control who they buy other hardware like graphics cards and motherboards), so they know exactly what hardware they have to support and make it work very well and as seamless as possible.
Also, Apple makes a large amount of it's money off of hardware sales. If you could install Mac OS X on any hardware, people would usually buy the cheapest possible hardware they could, which wouldn't work as well but would cut into Apple's profits on it's hardware.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 12:55 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)
That just doesnt make sense. Why would they develope Mac that way?
Are you asking why a corporation chooses a certain business path/plan over others?
Why doesn't it make sense?
Apple makes hardware and the software to use with it. It's what they want to do.Dual G5(Leopard), MacBookPro 15(Leopard), MacBookPro3,1 17 Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.5), BC1.4 Vista Ultimate 64-bit on MBP/17"
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 12:59 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)
I guess I understand now. Do you all happen to know where i can get an iMac in the range of $299-399 and then upgrade to leopard so that I can use it.
I don't know but you might consider googling for them.Dual G5(Leopard), MacBookPro 15(Leopard), MacBookPro3,1 17 Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.5), BC1.4 Vista Ultimate 64-bit on MBP/17"
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 1:07 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)It will be very difficult to find a good, working iMac that supports Leopard for that price. You might want to try looking here <http://dealmac.com/search.html?search=imac> (contains various new and used computers), but I'd be a bit skeptical of any iMac that is less than $500 and supports Leopard; if they're selling it for that cheap, there may be something wrong with it. Anyhow, you might get something decent, but at that price range, let the buyer beware.
If you want something as cheap as possible that runs Leopard, I'd suggest looking for a Mac Mini. I'm assuming you already have a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, and so the Mac Mini can be a much cheaper option than an iMac which includes all of those items. A brand new Mac Mini from Apple costs $600, so if you're going to be able to find something under $500, that might be the way to go (though, I'm not seeing very many used minis on the market for lower prices).MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2007 1:10 PM (in response to Apple.Geek)If you already own a keyboard and a display, the *Mac mini* is for you!
For close to this price you might find one on the Apple Refurbish pages ("*Special Deals*", bottom right on the Store page), and you're not too far from the price of a new Mini anyway...G4 iMac (17" 1.25GHz 1GB); C2D iMac (20" 2.33GHz 2GB), Other OS; Mac OS X (10.5); Mac OS X (10.4.10); Mac OS X (10.3.9)