Discs in Parallels

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by steve_hill4, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

    steve_hill4

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    Okay so I'm using the beta 4 version of Parallels and struggling to get certain devices recognised under XP. I have an external HD plugged in and partitioned into three drives and I can also plug in a flash drive and none are recognised under XP, no matter whether I am actively within the XP window or not at the time I plug in.

    Not that I use XP, but just something to give me an idea to help with development and maybe moving onto other virtual machines under Parallels.
     
  2. Mojo67821 macrumors regular

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    There is no USB support under the beta 4 of paralells... that would be your problem. They just released the version 5 of the beta today, and that has limited support for USB. There are a lot of details on their site as to what each version supports/doesn't support

    Also from what I understand there is no sound, and very limited video support in V4. They seem to be working out problems very fast though, and each beta has been a huge improvement from the last
     
  3. bugfaceuk macrumors 6502

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    Beta 5 is very good, detected my various USB dangly-discs without any issues.

    Sound (which has been in since Beta 3 I _think_, and great for me since Beta 4) is there, as is full-screen including dual monitor support (which coupled with the Parallels mouse driver means that you just slide over to windows on the other screen LOVING IT!).

    I just can't speak highly enough about this product. Right price (esp with pre-order prices), stunningly fast development cycle, open-minded and aggressive road-map. As a web-developer who needs to worry about IE, it's just pure heaven. Safari, Firefox, IE all on one machine... perfect!
     
  4. steve_hill4 thread starter macrumors 68000

    steve_hill4

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    No USB support would make sense. Certainly if I were to say use my external drive full of lossless music and wanted to test frequency response under Adobe Audition an external disc is crucial. I do however have it connected through FireWire, although I assume the same applies here anyway.

    I also think it's fantastic for multi-OS testing. If I were going to use this on a more regular basis and already had an iMac with much more storage, (than the 80GB on here), I would happily install it permanently along with XP and Fedora virtual machines.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    Apart from if you read the post above yours you'll see that Beta 5 *does* have USB support, so you should try that out. It rocks.
     

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