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Your Questions About X11 Mac

April 6, 2013

Helen asks…

i accidentally deleted my microsoft word application on my mac?

Ok i think im pretty retarded but this takes the cake, i was trying to make more space on my HD and i went to websites to see what to delete, i must have dragged the word application to the trash and deleted and i also deleted my history, is there anyway of getting it back other than re installing it as its not where i am its at my parents place which is 18 hours away and have 2 papers due in 2 weeks… Anyway please let me know if i have totally screwed myself and need to buy another one or if there is a way to retrieve it… thanks

Administrator answers:

Sorry to hear about it.

I can not think of a way to get it back. But, you can use the built in application TextEdit to type your papers. You can also download a free open source application called OpenOffice. It is a lot like Microsoft. Plus, it is compatible with Microsoft Office applications. The only requirement is that you have a Mac 10.4 or higher. You don’t even need the application X11 to run it. You can download it from here:

If you really want to, you can format powerpoint to be like word. Go to File>Page setup, and change it to portrait style, so it is vertical. Then change the zoom to 100% and drag those two big boxes around the main screen (the ones that say click to add notes) out of view. Now just insert a text box, stretch it as big as you want, change the font, and type away. To make a new page though, go to Insert> New Slide.

Good Luck with your report, I hope this helped! :)

Mark asks…

What headset should I get for the xbox360. The Turtle Beach PX21, DPx21, Dx11.?

I have had and x11 and that ended up falling apart for me. So then I turned to the x31′s, but it tears through AAA’s too much for my taste. I don’t want to have to waste my money on batteries every month. I have a bunch of gamestop gift cards and I wanted to give one of these headsets a try. I would prefer the ones with the dolby sound enhancer thing… watever its called

Administrator answers:

Get the DPX21s. They have awesome sound quality, amazing bass, work on the 360, PS3, PC and Mac, have Dolby 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and are super comfortable.

You’ll love them!

Lizzie asks…

For a Mac Openoffice or Neooffice, what would you recommened?

I was wondering which one was better for a Mac? Thanks

Administrator answers:

Hello ut18vols,

I have tried an earlier version of Neo Office and it is OK. I am under the impression that both of them are almost identical open source Office-type programs. I think that the earlier OpenOffice required X11, but that this new one is more Mac OS X friendly, but the same has been said for the newer Neo Office.

I’m sorry that I can’t be of more help. Since both programs are free programs, I would say go ahead and download, and install both and try them out for yourself. Best of luck to you.


Mandy asks…

I’m coding a page with a download option but the download is for software…?

so essentially there are two possible downloads…one for mac and one for PC. Is there any java I can code in that will autodetect the user’s OS so I don’t have to have two buttons? Thanks!

Administrator answers:

// This script sets OSName variable as follows:
// “Windows” for all versions of Windows
// “MacOS” for all versions of Macintosh OS
// “Linux” for all versions of Linux
// “UNIX” for all other UNIX flavors
// “Unknown OS” indicates failure to detect the OS

var OSName=”Unknown OS”;
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“Win”)!=-1)
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“Mac”)!=-1)
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“X11″)!=-1)
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“Linux”)!=-1)

document.write(‘Your OS: ‘+OSName);

Jenny asks…

I am thinking about buying a macbook pro, and was wondering what applicationsit came with?

I need a list of them please

Administrator answers:

Applications -
- Calculator
- Chess
- Dashboard
- Dictionary
- DVD Player
- Font Book
- Front Row
- GarageBand
- iCal
- iChat
- iDVD
- Image Capture
- iMovie
- iPhoto
- iSync
- iTunes
- iWeb
- Keynote
- Mail
- Numbers
- Pages
- Photo Booth
- Preview
- Quicktime Player
- Safari
- System Preferences
- TextEdit
- Time Machine

Utilities -
- Activity Monitor
- Airport Utility
- Applescript Editor
- Audio MIDI Setup
- Bluetooth File Exchange
- Boot Camp Assistant
- Colorsync Utility
- Console
- DigitalColor Meter
- Disk Utility
- Expose
- Grab
- Grapher
- Java Preferences
- Keychain Access
- Migration Assistant
- Network Utility
- Podcast Capture
- Quicktime Player 7
- Raid Utility
- Remote Install Mac OS X
- Spaces
- System Profiler
- Terminal
- VoiceOver Utility
- X11

Betty asks…

How to open exe. files on a mac?

Provide link to source if possible. Thank you!

Administrator answers:

Macs OS on it’s own cannot open .exe folders or files, because the Mac and Windows operating systems are based on different codes. However, if you have an Intel Processor and MAC OS X 10.4 or higher, there are a few ways around this.
Option 1. Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox, or VMWare Fusion.
If you own an Intel Mac and have both Operating Systems installed (using Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or VMWare Fusion), you can open .exe files and folders in the Windows side.
A) Boot Camp
When installing windows with Boot Camp, you can only run on one OS at a time. Boot Camp is included in the MAC OS X 10.5 and later. To install Windows using Boot Camp, you must have a RETAIL (not OEM) version of Windows XP SP 2 or Windows Vista; and a WIRED keyboard and mouse.
Boot Camp Setup manual:
If you want to be able to save files and have read/write access make sure when partitioning, select 32 GB (or less), then when you get to a format screen later select Fat32, NOT NTFS. Also, when you get to the Partition screen for Windows (Page 9 of the setup manual: Windows XP: blue screen; Windows Vista: “where do you want to install?” box) select PARTITION 3 BOOTCAMP. Any other selection will result in erasing your Mac HD.
To choose which partition to boot to, hold down the option key when turning on the mac.
B) Use VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop.
Unlike Bootcamp, VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop are able to be run while running your Mac OS. Both of them are approx. $80 for the software and you must have a copy of Windows OS (which if you don’t have, you will have to pay for).
C) Use VirtualBox.
VirtualBox is about the same as VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop, but it is free from SunMicrosystems, The same people who make Java. You will still have to pay for the Windows OS if you don’t have it, but other than that, it is free and runs on many different platforms.
Option 2. Darwine…The FREE Way.
First make sure that X11 is installed in Mac HD/Applications/Utilities.
If not, you must perform an optional install. To perform an optional install: – Insert MAC OS X Install disc 1 (or install DVD) and a window should pop up with a big black X. Double click on Optional installs>double click on the cardboard box icon named Optional Installs>Continue>click agree>drop the triangle down next to Applications>check ONLY the box next to X11>Continue>Install.
Now that X11 is installed, Download Darwine at After the download completes double click on the .dmg file and Install Darwine.
When you want to open the .exe file, right click (or if you don’t have that setup hold control and click on the .exe file) and select Open With. Select Other and navigate to Mac HD/Applications/Utilities/Darwine/WineHelper.

Lisa asks…

is there any way to play windows games on a power mac g5?

My computer specs.
Machine Name:Power Mac G5
Machine Model:PowerMac7,3
CPU Type:PowerPC G5 (3.0)
Number Of CPUs:2
CPU Speed:2 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU):512 KB
Memory:1.5 GB
Bus Speed:1 GHz
Boot ROM Version:5.2.4f1
Serial Number:G851461ARU2

Administrator answers:

Unfortunately, no. If you have an Intel Mac you can install Windows alongside OS X with Boot Camp for gaming, and many Windows games can played in Linux using Wine, but neither of those will work for a Mac using a PowerPC processor. Wine doesn’t work in OS X because of the way Apple implemented the X11 windowing system, and Windows is not coded to run on a PowerPC processor. There are versions of Linux that are coded to run on PowerPC processors, but you can’t use Wine to run Windows games that way because the games are still coded for x86 (AMD/Intel) processors.

Basically unless you want to buy a new Intel Mac, you can only play Windows games on a PC.

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