[amsat-bb] Satpc32 on a Mac

Burns Fisher burns at fisher.cc
Mon Jul 14 13:38:04 UTC 2014

Cool!  Thanks for the hint about CrossOver!

I have not tried SatPC32 this way, but for many programs I have had very
good luck using virtual machines.  In particular, I have used VirtualBox on
Ubuntu and find it to be pretty good.  I also use Parallels on my Mac.  Of
course on a slow machine virtual machines are not so effective, and you
still have to have a copy of Windows to install.


Burns W2BFJ

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Richard Lawn <rjlawn at gmail.com> wrote:

> Some of you may have followed my trials and frustrations in trying to get
> an old XP driven Dell computer to live again. This computer is at a
> vacation house and I hated to spend money on a new computer. I run
> eggbeaters and an ft847 there. Here are outcomes, good and bad so far.
> 1) installed Ubuntu and was confident this would be the solution and it
> might still, however even the latest version of GPredict is buggy. I
> suspect the real culprit is Hamlib.
> 2) I installed Wine in Ubuntu in hopes of getting SatPC32 to run. This
> nearly worked but a few features didn't. For example I could not switch
> between modes using SatPC32 and I'm not certain that the CAT frequency
> adjust is working. Further investigation is required here.
> 3) I then discovered CrossOver which essentially is a commercial version
> of Wine for the Mac. Since I never leave home without a Mac laptop I
> decided to try a CrossOver demo. It took a while and some good "Elmer"
> support using the terminal program to configure the comm port, but once I
> solved that problem I found that the MacBook Pro running CrossOver will run
> SatPC32 perfectly! CrossOver is reasonably priced for your Mac.
> So that's where I ended up. I've not yet abandoned learning my way around
> Linux as it's been a good learning experience and I really appreciate the
> online support I received from fellow hams.
> 73
> Rick
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