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17 Should I buy SoftPC or a real PC? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)




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This article is from the Miscellaneous Macintosh FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

17 Should I buy SoftPC or a real PC? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)

The various versions of SoftPC and SoftWindows run most DOS and
Windows software on a Macintosh as advertised; but even on the
fastest PowerMacs, you'll only achieve speeds around the level of a
486/25. This may be adequate for some Windows 3.1 and DOS software,
but 32-bit Windows 95 programs slow to a crawl. My 100 MHz
PowerBook 5300c could play solitaire using SoftWindows 95, but even
simple operations like unzipping files tied up my machine for
hours. For adequate Windows 3.1 performance you probably need a
PowerMac with an L2 cache and at least 32 megabytes of RAM.
Furthermore there are some nagging compatibility problems,
especially with CD-ROMs. When I tested SoftWindows 95 I was never
able to get a CD-ROM mounted on the Windows desktop, even with the
help of Insignia technical support. The bottom line is that if you
have a fast PowerMac with lots of RAM and only an occasional need to
run Windows 3.1 or DOS software, then SoftWindoows 3.0 may be
useful. But if you need to use Windows 95 or Windows NT, or Windows
3.1 on a daily basis, then you really should buy a PC or perhaps a

As of summer, 1996, there are three versions for 68040 Macs, SoftPC
3.0, SoftPC Professional 3.1, and SoftWindows 1.0. These emulate an
80286 with an 80287 math coprocessor and support extended memory.
SoftPC 3.0 ($99 street) supports 16 color EGA graphics. SoftPC
Professional 3.1 ($185 street) requires a 68030 Mac, adds support
for 256 color VGA graphics and expanded memory, and includes Netware
client software. SoftWindows 1.0 ($300 street) requires a 68040 Mac
with at least 10 megs of free RAM and fourteen megs of free hard
disk space (plus any disk space you want to allocate to DOS and
Windows files). It includes all of the above plus Windows 3.1 and
is optimized to make Windows performance tolerable (if not exactly
speedy) on a fast Quadra. There are two versions for PowerMacs,
SoftWindows 3.0 and SoftWindows 95, which emulate a 486 and provide
VGA graphics and all networking support. SoftWindows 3.0 ($299)
includes Windows 3.1 and DOS 6. SoftWindows 95 ($350 street)
includes Windows 95.

 

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