newish imac older apps

By ptitterington · 4 replies
Sep 8, 2006
  1. Im sorry but I dont know anything about macs but my dad still uses his really old one cant remember the name but is centris or something , big flatish square box.

    Anyway for the last 5 yrs he has used a PC but kept his old museum files on the mac.

    His worry now is that he wants a new mac but living on Jersey we are limited with local support.

    Just wanted to check some truths. He was told not to buy the latest 24'' mac as it will nor run older apps but to buy an old stock G5 ? as it will work with them filemaker 5/7. for about £800.00

    is this correct.

    Thanks sorry for the lack of info but he asked the question but is really hard to contact.

  2. streblo

    streblo TS Rookie

    Latest macs have Intel processors, and they are not compatible with the old OS9, which is a terrible downside. This could or could not be a problem. If you are going to use new versions of all applications, they will probably work on OSX so that's OK, but if you still need to rely on a OS9 thing, then the Intel mac is useless, so you need a G5. BTW, G5 are not quite "old" to me, I'd buy them with confidence.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I think you could run OS9 (or older) in an emulator in OSX. One example would be SheepShaver.

    Apple has released System 7.5 for free, it should be somewhere on their website.
  4. streblo

    streblo TS Rookie

    So you can run OS9 on an intel mac? That'd be cool!
  5. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    You can't boot up in it, that feature disappeared in the G4 days, but you may be able to emulate like someone else said. If you buy a G5 you can use OSX's built in emulation to run your programs.
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