Parallels on MacMini CoreSolo slow?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Hugh, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Hugh macrumors 6502a

    Hugh

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    I was trying to install Windows 98 using Parallels and man was the install so freaken slow (I'm talking 30mins have passed just to get to the part of copying files).

    I was wondering a couple of things. Is Parallels slow on a MacMini CoreSolo or is it because I was installing Windows 98 and not XP?

    My system: MacMini CoreSolo 1gig RAM, 80Mb hard drive, Superdrive

    Thanks

    Hugh
     
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    It's on a relatively slow hard drive and Windows 98 did take an awfully long time to install anyway, if I remember correctly.
     
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

    Chaszmyr

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    For a reason that no one knows, Intel disabled the hardware virtualization feature on the CoreSolo processor, and this feature is important to getting decent performance out of Parallel's software. Unless something has changed recently, there is unfortunately no way to get Parallel's software to run quickly on one of the current Core Solo processors. For some reason, Parallel doesn't mention this in the body of their website as far as I know, but one of their developers admitted it on their forums shortly after launch.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    If you read parallels support FAQ it tells you that the installer for win 98 etc... is VERY slow regardless of virtualization or not.
     

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