Friday, May 26, 2006

Darwine on an Intel Mac

I wrote this a while ago, and since stopped playing with Darwine. If you are looking for help with Darwine, look here:

Here's my original post:

If you don't have an Intel Mac, this won't work. Period.

Since I've been all about Darwine lately, and I had a request for help, here's a quick how to for getting set up with Darwine. Keep in mind you need an Intel Mac for this.

  1. Install X11. It's located on your Tiger install DVD. If you're not running Tiger, you should stop here because you don't have an Intel Mac.
  2. Download the latest version of Darwine from Make sure you grab the x86 version. You probably could use the Universal too, but I haven't tried that.
  3. Open the disk image you just downloaded, and copy the entire Darwine folder to Applications.
  4. Go to Applications and open the Darwine folder, then open the WineHelper application.
  5. Go to the WineHelper menu, and pick "Configure Wine". It might look frozen up for a bit, but let it do its thing. Once it loads up, you don't have to do anything except click "Save". This is where I messed up first, and if you don't do this step, it just doesn't work. Close the window after hitting "Save".
  6. Back in the Applications/Darwine folder, open the Sample WinLib Applications, and then open winemine.exe.
  7. Play some Minesweeper.
  8. If that worked, you should be able to open any exe with Darwine. Keep in mind, most everything won't run, but you can at least try to open it.

For a list of known compatible applications, check the Darwine Compatibility Wiki.

That being said, keep in mind that if you happen to find something that runs in Darwine, consider yourself lucky. It is seriously limited, and should just be viewed as something just to play with. Don't blame me or the Darwine developers if this completely destroys your system. Have fun. Anything I missed, or anything you want more help on, add it to the comments.