Originally Posted by basile
no need to make publicity for mac here Nick, Maxsea was not made for mac en does not work on mac ... pronto
and, let's not forget the tons of software
that are downloadable for windows ... only a fraction of that is available for mac
You, like so many others, you are too much focused on that Mac vs Windows thing. You should really take a moment, close your eyes, breathe, concentrate and then read this:
An Apple Mac is a piece of computer hardware
, just like a Toshiba or Dell. MaxSea was designed to run on computer hardware
so we're still okay to run it on a Mac here. I'm sure you agree.
Now, MaxSea was designed to run under Windows. Windows is an operating system, just like MacOS or Linux
. You can't run MaxSea under Linux
or MacOS without some form of Windows emulation or virtualization. I think we still agree.
Now we come to my point: Mac's come with MacOS pre-installed. But that doesn't mean they can't run a different OS!!! Why would that be a problem? In fact, you can run Windows XP, Windows Vista and even Windows 7 on a Mac, just like you can run Linux on it. This is what you should try to understand: a Mac today is just like most other PC's: it has an Intel dual core
CPU and everything else to run Windows. In fact, it comes with a complete set of drivers for Windows XP, something almost every other computer manufacturer has dropped, forcing you to jump on the Vista and now Win7 train.
Especially for this thread and my own drive for knowledge, I have tested the following today:
1. Took my brand new Mac Mini to the operating table and opened the case.
2. Removed the 320 GByte hard disk.
3. Installed a brand new, uninitialized 500 GByte Western Digital hard disk.
4. Put it back together and connected a mouse and keyboard (standard Logitech, not Apple) and the power supply.
5. Turned it on and waited. After some hesitation it showed a graphic of a file folder with a big question mark in it. Apparently it didn't know what to do, which isn't surprising.
6. Took a plain vanilla Windows XP Professional with service-pack 2 installation
CD and inserted it into the CD drive. As I was thinking about rebooting, the BIOS of the Mac was quicker and started booting from this CD.
7. Windows installation
came up, I initialized the hard disk with a NTFS partition and selected that to install Windows on.
8. After all was done, I had a Windows XP machine that was ridiculously slow with screen
movements etc. This is because Windows didn't have the drivers for the hardware yet. There was no LAN, no wifi
, bluetooth, audio, nothing.
9. I ejected the Windows CD and rebooted. The system booted quickly into Windows.
10. I inserted the Mac OS-X install DVD
. No, I didn't install MacOS. But that same DVD
has all the XP drivers. It automatically came up with the Windows Boot Camp install. I let that run to completion which takes some time as it is loading and trying XP drivers for every piece of Hardware in every Mac computer model. After it completed, I ejected the DVD and rebooted.
11. Windows boots et voila the perfect Windows XP computer for a boat. Blazingly fast and believe me, I know what fast is.
So, there you have it. Every new Mac can run Windows XP as good as or better than other PC's and it will run every program designed for XP as fast or faster than any other PC with the same CPU.
Instead of replacing the hard disk, you can just erase the disk that is installed and put whatever OS you like on it.
I hope y'all understand this and the implication for cruisers who want to stick with XP for their specialized software. I have a MacBook Pro with 13: screen
that does the same.
The difference with other brands is that the Mac is more expensive. I paid $1000.- for the laptop
on Amazon and $780.- for the MacMini. But you also get better hardware for that price
. They have 802.11n wifi
aboard and I have a 130 Mbps connection right now. The laptop
housing isn't plastic, it's aluminium, as is part of the housing of the mini. They also have bluetooth on board and support 802.11 a,b,g,n wifi modes so also 5 Ghz! You get it all and the inside is standard PC parts
for hard disk, memory etc.
There's another feature: when you insert a bootable CD or DVD, or connect an USB hard disk with an OS on it (like MacOS, Windows or Linux), press ALT and keep pressing it while you turn the computer on. Keep it pressed until you get a graphics screen with choices for which drive to boot from. Make your choice and that's it, you run a different OS on the computer.
Hope this helps,