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PearPC - PowerPC Architecture Emulator

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PearPC - PowerPC Architecture Emulator is an architecture-independent PowerPC platform emulator capable of running most PowerPC operating systems.

The following operating systems were tested and run (to some extent) in PearPC (ie. as clients):

* Mandrake Linux 9.1 for PPC installer: Runs well
* Mandrake Linux 9.1 for PPC after installation: Hard to boot. Runs very well afterwards.
* Darwin for PPC: Runs well
* Mac OS X 10.3: Runs well with some caveats
* OpenBSD for PPC: Crashes while booting (accesses PCI in an unsupported way)
* NetBSD for PPC: Crashes while booting
* AIX for PPC: Some people ask about that.

Limits

• While the CPU emulation may be slow (1/500th or 1/15th, see above), the speed of emulated hardware is hardly impacted by the emulation; the emulated hard-drive and CDROM e.g. are very fast, especially with OS that support bus-mastering (Linux, Darwin, Mac OS X do).
• A lot of unimplementated features are fatal (i.e. will abort PearPC).
• Timings are very still a little bit inaccurate. Don't rely on benchmarks made in the client.
• PearPC lacks a save/restore machine-state feature.
• No LBA48 (but LBA). Currently no support for hard disks greater than 128 GiB. Disks > 4GiB are not tested very well.

Product Delivery: 
Electronic Delivery (download)
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Latest version of PearPC is back from 2005. Maybe development on this has stopped.


How to Setup PearPC to run mac OS on windows.

Go to http://pearpc.sourceforge.net/downloads.html
Download PearPC and extract the zip file on a folder of your computer.
Download the 6 GB disk image file.
Use WinRar to open the disk image and extract it at the folder of PearPC

Go to http://ppccp.sphosting.com/
Download and install the PearPC Control Panel.
This software will allow you to configure PearPC.

You will also need a Mac OS tiger installation cdrom to continue with the installation

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Problems

I would love to run a MAC on my windows PC, but I could not make this work.
Beware: when I downloaded the 2 empty disk images from the original site, one of them had a virus in it. So its better to create your own disk images as described in the other articles.