WIndows on a G5
Posted 14 July 2010 - 04:47 PM
She only needs windows working on it for some accounting software she uses - so even slow emulation isnt really a problem, as they are pretty low-horsepower apps - i just dont even know what the options are anymore for a G5 doing windows emulation.
anyone got any ideas?
Posted 14 July 2010 - 05:56 PM
Chromium (MacBook Pro 08) – 2.6 GHz C2D T9500 / 4GB RAM / 750GB STX MomentusXT / GeForce 8600M GT 512MB
Antimony (PowerBook G4 Titanium) – 1.0 GHz PPC 7455 / 1GB RAM / 480GB OWC Mercury SSD / Radeon 9000 64MB
When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.
Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:42 PM
Q says it only works with Intel Macs; i need this to run on a G5. Unless there is a version im missing that supports G5s?
Posted 15 July 2010 - 08:34 PM
Yea, thats your best option. I ran VPC7 on my old G5 tower (same as yours) back in the day, it should be fast enough for that accounting software
Retina MBP: 2.4 GHz Quad Core IVB | 16 GB RAM | nVidia 650M | 256 GB SSD
Lenovo Y500: 2.4 GHz Quad Core IVB | 16 GB RAM | nVidia 650M SLI | 120 GB SSD + 750 GB Hybrid Drive
Posted 16 July 2010 - 02:26 AM
Well it started out on PPC and the svn branching mentions a fix for ppc leopard so maybe it's just broken in the current version but an older version might work?
Posted 04 September 2010 - 11:46 PM
One alternative that might work would be to retain her current PC just for the accounting app, and access that using VNC client/server apps. These apps are free, and with an Ethernet connection between the two systems, she'd get performance much the same as she has now.
But all of this sounds like quite a bit of effort for what won't be an especially useful solution. You could probably sell the G5 for the same price as a MacMini, which would be a much better platform going forward: various emulation options available, supported by current and future OS updates. Way faster for just about any task you throw at it. But there are some folks who want/need PowerPC systems, and they'll pay a fair price for a good G5 system.
Good luck with it whatever you end up doing.
Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:28 PM
Posted 05 September 2010 - 09:30 PM
They go for up to $1500 here. eBay prices usually are way low right up until a few minutes before the auction ends; the "buy it now" prices seem to average about $500-$600 from a quick look.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 09:45 AM
There is an old version of Q that runs on the PowerPC - though it hasn't been updated since 2007. You can get it here http://www.kju-app.org/ although the wiki and forums aren't working. Q has one big limitation IMHO - USB was never functional with any PowerMac version of Q. There was a workaround for printing that was discussed in the (now broken) Q forums, but it wasn't very useable in my opinion. Also it was often mentioned in the Q forums that any version of Windows newer than Windows 98 was very, very slow under Q. Windows XP was not recommended.
VirtualPC 7 is more functional and printing is directly supported.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:46 PM
Thanks for that Eric: I was surprised by the "low" eBay prices, but didn't have time to check further. So I guess my original point still stands...
Posted 09 September 2010 - 08:22 AM
It works fine for what she needs, and everything got up and running pretty quick.