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gooser Feb 11, 2013 01:48 AM
avoiding viruses in virtual pc
i have a chance to pick up virtual pc 6.1 for next to nothing and am wondering if i should for my g3 imac running 9.2 and 10.2. this machine is not hooked up to the internet so it's impossible for me to download any malware. question: is there much malware floating around out there on cd's. my only other interaction with the outside world is that i occasionally hook this machine up to an ipod photo. i am totally unfamiliar with windows.
Spheric Harlot Feb 11, 2013 04:24 AM
You do not want to run windows in Virtual PC on a G3, full stop.

Malware or not.

Expanded version:
You do not want to do this unless you absolutely, positively HAVE TO, or you have time and the insurmountable urge to just prove to yourself that it can be done.
cgc Feb 11, 2013 04:14 PM
Yeah, I used VirtualPC on my G4 and it was painful. If you absolutely must use PC software then buy a $300 PC, DO NOT USE THIS.
shifuimam Feb 11, 2013 05:30 PM
Thirded. Don't try to use VirtualPC on a PowerPC Mac. It's unusably slow.
besson3c Feb 11, 2013 07:57 PM
It's slow because there is a huge performance hit in emulating an intel processor, and on top of that the machine has to handle the footprint of running Windows. Your G3 probably doesn't have enough RAM to do this, which means that your performance will be killed on both counts.
turtle777 Feb 11, 2013 08:27 PM
The upside is: any virus you get will be so sloooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww, it wouldn't be able to make your productivity worse :p

besson3c Feb 11, 2013 08:31 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by turtle777 (Post 4216803)
The upside is: any virus you get will be so sloooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww, it wouldn't be able to make your productivity worse :p


I have this theory that the US debt is simply the result of a Windows virus, what do you think of that theory?
gooser Feb 11, 2013 09:49 PM
i get your drift. i don't really need this, just thought it would be cool to have, however everything else i have on my imac runs good so i'll give it a pass. thanks all.
is not Feb 16, 2013 10:56 AM
MS-DOS should be usable and so Win95 :P

Check out old software at winworld
shifuimam Feb 16, 2013 04:14 PM
It'll still run like crap. Even something as old as straight up DOS.

Emulating CPU architecture is slow as crap.
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