|May 1, 2013, 12:20 PM||#551|
|May 1, 2013, 12:24 PM||#552|
|May 2, 2013, 03:59 PM||#553|
|May 5, 2013, 02:34 PM||#555|
Disappearing mouse-pointer (cursor)
I am running a Snow Leopard server in Parallels 8.0 on a Mac mini with OS 10.8.3.
In the virtual Snow Leopard machine, AppleWorks 6.2.9 text and spreadsheet documents open, but the mouse-pointer or cursor disappears after one click in the writing area. It can be restored by clicking in the screen outside the document, but again disappears after one click within the document.
This phenomenon has already been reported in connection with Adobe Photoshop CS2. Curiously, I have not met it in that context, but it makes working in my old AppleWorks documents almost impossible. It has not been reported in real Snow Leopard machines, so it it seems to be a parallels problem, not a Mac one.
I have posted about it in the Parallels forum and await developments. But your reference ther, MichaelLAX, to PinPoint, which is a very cheap little application that one can get from the Apple Store, has been a godsend! You say in the Parallels forum that it is of limited use because it replaces the Mac's mouse-pointer by a large virtual object. That is true in a draw or paint document (although in PinPoint one has a huge choice of different cursors, and one of them is an admittedly screen-filling pair of cross-hairs), but in text or spreadsheet documents one can choose an appropriately-shaped cursor (it is worth experimenting), set size to minimum and transparency
to a high value, and I find that I can work with this as easily and conveniently as with an Apple arrow-pointer.
I have also posted this information in the Apple Discussions.
|May 10, 2013, 01:01 PM||#559|
Please keep me posted on your lack of progress...
Attitude courtesy of the fact that I DO value MY time!
|May 11, 2013, 01:29 AM||#560|
How practical is it?
I have been running Snow Leopard Server under VMware for over 12 months now. It does work, but it is hardly a pleasant experience. I am doing it because I prefer to use Eudora as my mail client.
What I find with VMware is a number of irritating faults. Many things just do not work. Some of the problems I am seeing are:
* Images opened in Preview show empty windows.
* No audio
* Shared folders does not work - it is just a snapshot and you have to reboot to get it updated
* Cannot drag and drop files into or out of the virtual machine window
* There is no way to get the VM to use Safari or other apps on the host machine. It insists on using the ones in the VM.
* Similarly, there is no way to get the host to use Eudora for mailto:
I have also tried Parallels 8 briefly, but it has an even more serious problem: whenever the cursor goes over a mailbox window, it disappears. You have no idea where it is. Other Eudora windows are fine. I gather some other apps have the same problem with Parallels and Snow Leopard.
I spent some time with Parallels support over this but they have not come back with a solution. :-(
I was just wondering if anyone had a solution to the disappearing cursor problem, and what other gotchas there are using Snow Leopard in Parallels?
|May 12, 2013, 03:56 AM||#561|
I recently upgraded from a PPC Mac with Tiger to an Intel one with Mountain Lion, and have started running Snow Leopard Server within Parallels 8, mainly so that I can access all sorts of AppleWorks spreadsheets and other documents and because I can't afford to upgrade to the current version of Photoshop and want to be able to use CS2 (which is available as a free update at Adobe). Not being very expert as far as virtual machines are concerned, I am still struggling with problems of using or transferring files and applications between the host and virtual environments. But a few days ago I posted a remark in this forum about the 'missing cursor' problem, which at first made using and modifying complex spreadsheets, draw documents, etc., almost impossible in the virtual environment. My solution (based on an earlier remark by MichaelLAX) is to use PinPoint. This is the relevant part of my earlier post:
'PinPoint, which is a very cheap little application that one can get from the Apple Store, has been a godsend! You [this was addressed to MichaelLAX] say in the Parallels forum that it is of limited use because it replaces the Mac's mouse-pointer by a large virtual object. That is true in a draw or paint document (although in PinPoint one has a huge choice of different cursors, and one of them is an admittedly screen-filling pair of cross-hairs), but in text or spreadsheet documents one can choose an appropriately-shaped cursor (it is worth experimenting), set size to minimum and transparency
to a high value, and I find that I can work with this as easily and conveniently as with an Apple arrow-pointer.'
|May 12, 2013, 07:23 AM||#562|
I have now tried Pinpoint. For everything but the full screen crosshairs, I get a dark grey box enclosing the new cursor. The box is so dark that I cannot read anything underneath it. Making it more transparent helps, but also makes the new cursor less visible.....
I contacted the author. He says it is something to do with Parallels. Not surprising since Parallels is doing something that causes the cursor to disappear in the first place.
I did try installing Pinpoint on the host computer (OS X 10.8) and it carries over onto the Parallels virtual machine. However, it does mean that you also have it on the host, where it really is a bit of a nuisance.
I think I will stick to VMware for the time being. For all its faults, it does at least draw the cursor properly.
|May 15, 2013, 04:56 PM||#563|
May have messed it all up
I'm still trying to install SLS into Parallels 8 on Mt.Lion. I've replaced 4 to10 in Step one of MichaelLAX's instructions with gilby101's 4-10 in Step One for Parallels 8 on Mt. Lion. I feel like an inch worm, but I'm not giving up.
Would someone please explain the #9 instructions for me listed below?
9. Create a new DVD/CD master disk image ’SuperDrive- Server.cdr’ which is the same as SuperDrive.cdr, but with the change included.
hdiutil convert -format UDTO -o SuperDrive- Server.cdr SuperDrive.cdr -shadow
The only place I ran across "new DVD/CD Master was when I was in Disk Utility, but there were no directions telling me to reopen Disc Utility.
I know I'm to paste hdiutil convert -format UDTO -o SuperDrive- Server.cdr SuperDrive.cdr -shadow into the terminal, but just not sure how to handle the " New DVD/CD" part.
Last edited by Patth9; May 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM. Reason: No longer looking for that answer
|Yesterday, 10:29 AM||#564|
For some reason I did not get an email alert that there was a new post here on this thread, so I apologize for the delay!
Patt: You do NOT need to follow these instructions for the installation of Snow Leopard SERVER, on for the client version.
Parallels will ACCEPT the installation of SLS without any of the "shoe-horning" steps that I use in the first post on this thread. Here are the steps to follow in Parallels 8:
Step 1: Just go to File... New... Enter your system password if requested.
Step 2: On the next screen (Parallels Wizard), click on "Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file" and then click on Continue.
Step 3: Insert a new, freshly acquired from Apple, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server Install DVD into your optical drive and be sure that "Install from" has your optical drive's name selected. Then click Continue.
Step 4: Give the "Name" something more specific. I like "Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server" and click Continue.
Step 5: Parallels should now commence the process of installing Snow Leopard Server into a file that will be named Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.pvm and will be located at ~/Documents/Parallels/. This process will take up to five or ten minutes.
Step 6: You will then be presented with the normal "Mac OS X Server" installation screens, such as:
A. "Use English for the main language" -- Click on blue Right Arrow.
B. "To set up the installation of Snow Leopard Server, click Continue" -- Click on Continue.
C. Click Agree on the Software License Agreement for Mac OS X Server.
D. Select the Macintosh HD as the disk where you want to install Mac OS X Server. You do NOT have to click on Customize, as Rosetta is selected to install by default in SLS, unless you want to also install Quicktime 7. Then click Install. This Installing process will take 30 - 60 minutes, so go enjoy a cup of coffee!
E. At the completion of the install, either the System will restart itself or click Restart. You will be taken to the Welcome screen
F. Select your country and Click Continue. Select your keyboard and Click Continue.
G. Enter your Product Serial Number from the insert contained in your fresh, newly purchased from Apple Snow Leopard Server box, Enter your name (and optionally your Organization) and Click Continue.
H. Click Set up a new server and Click Continue. Enter your Registration information and Click Continue. Answer the Few More Questions and Click Continue. Enter your Time Zone and Click Continue.
I. Give your Administrator Account a Name: I like to use "Snow Leopard Server" and the short name will automatically be "snowleopardserver". I like to use an easy to remember password of "password" with the Hint: "It is what it is!" but feel free to use your own password that YOU WILL REMEMBER! ... and Click Continue.
J. The Network settings should be picked up automatically from your Host Mac; Click on Continue.
K. Network Names: Give it a Primary DNS Name and Computer Name such as sls.private and Click on Continue.
L. Users and Groups - Click on Create Users and Groups and Click Continue.
M. Services - either keep checked ALL of these options or deselect those not needed. I just kept File Sharing checked to keep overhead lowest. ...and Click Continue.
N. In Client Backup, I deselected Allow Users to Backup to this Server; and Click Continue.
O. In the Review screen, Click Set Up (or Go Back if you want to change any options before you Set Up). It will take a few minutes while your Server is Setting Up and then Click Go! The system should reboot and take you to your Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server Desktop!
P. If you get an Desktop with an error posted
You have now successfully installed and configured Snow Leopard Server and should now proceed to complete the Parallels installation.
To be continued...
Last edited by MichaelLAX; Yesterday at 11:42 AM.
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