Parallels Desktop for Intel-based Mac only?

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by RichardFranco, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. RichardFranco


    It looks like Parallels works only with the newest mac sporting an Intel chip.

    How about us running on a PPC (I have got a Powerbook 1.67GHz G4)?
  2. Jerry

    Jerry Bit Poster

    I think the reason why Parallels works so well is because of the intel chip. So maybe you should look at VirtualPC or GuestPC perhaps?
  3. chrismasto


    Yeah, what an oversight. I'm sure all they have to do is click the "universal" button in Xcode.
  4. dhjdhj


    It's called "Virtual PC", sold by Microsoft, and has been around for years - very slow, but apparently the only option. Now if only Apple would have had the Rosetta system working in reverse!!!

  5. dhjdhj


    :) :) :) :) {Repeat n times}
  6. Manatee


    Parallels is for Intel-based Macs only. It creates a "virtualized" environment in which the guest operating systems (like Windows XP, for example) run. It is designed to support operating systems that normally run on Intel architecture. That's why Windows can run so fast using Parallels -- it is running on the Intel architecture for which it was intended, with only certain interfaces to the hardware needing to be simulated by Parallels.

    On a Power PC-based system, on the other hand, the entire system architecture has to be emulated in order to allow Windows and its applications to run. This is what Virtual PC does. There are far greater compromises required when using one architectures computing power to simulate another architecture.

    If you really need to run Windows-based applications, and performance is important -- and you want to run it on your Mac, then it might well be worth upgrading to a newer Intel-based model. Keep in mind, though, that for a while (probably at least a year) many OS X applications will not be Universal -- that is, they are not compiled specifically to run on the Intel platform, and must rely on Rosetta to run. Thus, while you can run Windows applications very quickly, some of the OS X applications -- like the big Adobe apps -- will run more slowly than they would on your PPC-based machine. This will just be temporary, until the next releases of each software package, when the publishers should have them updated to universal code.

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