The Himalayan Database requires a PC running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10; a Power Macintosh running OS 8.6, 9.0 or OS X in Classic mode; or an Intel-based Macintosh running OS 10.6 or higher with a Windows system (see note below).
A monitor screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater is required for both the Windows and Macintosh versions.
The Himal program is a Microsoft Visual Foxpro program.
Note on PowerPC Macintosh Computers, Classic Mode & OS 10.5 (Leopard)
PowerPC Macintosh computers sold since 2004 no longer have Classic mode pre-installed. Classic mode must be user-installed from the OS X installation disks that come with the computer.
OS 10.5 (Leopard) does not support Classic mode. Those with PowerPC Macintosh computers should not upgrade to OS 10.5, but continue to use OS 10.4 (Tiger) or earlier versions.
Note on Intel-based Macintosh Computers
In January 2006, Apple released a new series of iMacs and MacBook laptops that use the Intel dual-core processor. The Macintosh version of the Himalayan Database will not run on these Intel-based Macintosh computers as they do not support OS X in Classic mode (Classic mode is only available for the older Macs that use the PowerPC processor running OS 10.4 or earlier).
Microsoft Virtual PC for the Macintosh is also incompatible with the Intel-based Macintosh computers. Microsoft does not plan to produce a version Virtual PC for the Macintosh that is compatible with these Macs.
In May 2006, Apple released Boot Camp which allows Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP natively. This and other more elegant solutions developed by other third-party vendors such as Parallels (www.parallels.com) and Fusion (www.vmware.com) enable Intel-based Macs to run the Windows version of the Himalayan Database.
CrossOver (www.codeweavers.com) is a program that allows you to run many popular Windows programs on an Intel-based Macintosh (using OS X 10.6 or higher) without installing the Windows operating system. The Himalayan Database is compatible with CrossOver and may be used with CrossOver on your Mac. See
Using CrossOver for the Mac with the Himalayan Database
for further details.
Wine is an open-sourced software system that allows you to run many popular Windows programs on an Intel-based Macintosh (using OS X 10.6 or higher) without installing the Windows operating system. The Himalayan Database is compatible with Wine and is implemented through the WineBottler application. See
Using the Himalayan Database with Wine
for further details.