5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2008 8:53 AM by Axel Foley
Kaczanny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have couple of months since I switched to Mac. While in windows, I used to work with the old version of Sun System, an accounting package that opens with ms-dos.
Now in mac, I'm unable to open the program.

Any suggestions?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (60,165 points)
    Install Windows on your Mac.
  • Kaczanny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Jaja! Well eventually that's the solution: just go back to windows and forget about it. Which really makes me feel funny, why did I switch for Mac when I have to keep being attached to windows.

    However, my inquiry was more on the line of..... is it possible to open such programs with any other mac application? (eg. flip4mac on media files?)Or installing windows is the only definite solution?

    Thanks for answering!
  • Axel Foley Level 5 Level 5 (4,005 points)
    Well, Templeton Peck is right however I will try and expand on that.

    You mentioned that you used *Sun System* with MS-DOS. That must be a program over a decade old. The question now is whether you were able to open it using MS Windows perhaps by using the Cmd window.

    If you have to have MS DOS to open that program then APPLE OSx is not going to open it.

    If you used one of the MS Windows versions to open the program then you will need to try one of the following:

    How did you open that application prior to switching to a Mac?

    Axel F.
  • Kaczanny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah I know! The version of Sun I'm using is not the last last technology, at least I comfort myself in knowing that this is the last year we're using this version. In the mean time I need to figure out how to handle it.

    Anyway, I was using cmd window while in windows. Any similar application in Mac OS?
  • Axel Foley Level 5 Level 5 (4,005 points)
    *OSx will not open a Windows application on its own.* It will need help. It will cost money.

    1. You will need to figure out which version of Windows you need to run this DOS application by using the Cmd option.
    2. If you can use Windows XPSP2 and above (VISTA) work then you will need to consider *Installing the appropriate version of Windows* on your mac by using *[_Boot Camp_|http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp>* In this event Windows will run separately from OSx on its own partition.
    3. If you must use older Windows versions of 2000 and below then you need to consider installing *[_Vmware Fusion_|http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion>* under which you would install the appropriate version of Windows. Check out the link for more information.

    In all of the above cases, you will require installation of some version of windows for your application to run. If this is the last year that you will be using your windows application then maybe none of the above is worth the effort and costs.

    Axel F.