posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 08:15 AM
Originally posted by RANT
Have to buy Mac versions.
Or a PC Emulator such as VirtualPC
, but I definitely do not
for playing high-end video games.
There's two main reasons why you generally can't run a PC program on a Mac or vice-versa, the OS itself and the processor architecture. Without
getting into the gory details of either of those, all Mac OS's (from Classic 7.5 all the way through whatever feline version of OSX they're on now)
read program instructions--executable files--differently than Windows. They expect different instructions, and they process the instructions
The same goes for the processor. While there are a handful of hacks out to allow one to run OSX on an Intel-style processor (Pentium, AMD, etc.), the
Mac computers use a different processor that requires different instructions from the OS.
One way to look at it is like this: you have someone who speaks one language (the processor), while you--the program or video game--speak a different
language. So, you need a translator, the OS, and you need one who speaks both your language and that you need to translate to. If you find one,
that's great, you can perform your task (kill the baddies, process a spreadsheet, whatever.) Given that example, you can think of it as a Pentium
processor speaks Chinese, and Windows speaks Chinese and English. A Macintosh processor speaks Japanese, and Mac OS's speak Japanese and English.
Make sense of some kind?