I actually have a good experience with a XP VM on Vmware Fusion Player. I can even play Counter Strike 1.6, FIFA 98 runs 3dfx and Widescreen with Vmware SVGA 3D card, fills my entire 40” TV screen perfectly. But I know I won’t have that same thing when I get the Apple Silicon MacBook Pro/Air (whatever I can pay) next year @ Spain. So I have been looking for solutions since they announced the M1 macs last year. To be fair I thought that they would move to AMD when AMD cpu references were found in betas before the announcement and thought “ok I am safe for the future” but then M1 and its amazing power came in…
Maybe PCem v17 can handle it, there is a ARM build for mac. But I won’t know it until I try it. Would be useful for me to know it and have that data for decisions. I know dowsbox-x won’t be good enough because its cpu stops at Pentium MMX and can’t really handle Grand Prix 3 at all (and neither GP4) under Windows 98.
I think your solution is the only here available and viable for CS, FIFA 9x, NFS2SE and GP3. I will just leave GP4 out of equation for now until I can get a cheap mini pc and install a dual boot linux/windows on it, along with my (abandoned) G27 steering wheel for it. I remember that I had only bought my first MOMO steering wheel when I already had GP4 and played previous versions on keyboard back in my days.
Been looking for some old (cheap) intel mac minis that I know to be capable of handling that game, while I put my iPad Pro to be sold. Probably the 2009 Mac Mini with Nvidia GeForce mobile or the 2011 Mac Mini with an AMD Radeon, which is a hard to find model, both here in Brazil, for a cheap price. All I need is to get one and install XP or linux or just dual boot it. First I need to sell the iPad. Then I’ll go after it. For the other games I plan to use QEMU with your patch in my future new MacBook.
Parallels has improved the graphics in Windows 10/11 ARM virtual machines, so gaming seem to be possible there now even if translated from x86 thanks to the M1 amazing power. But I want the Windows 98 nostalgia on my mac when I travel for my kart races or work 🤷🏻♂️👀
For counter strike I might just move to CS:GO mac version 😑
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