Mavericks and Parallels 7

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by lugesm, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. lugesm macrumors 6502a

    lugesm

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    Currently running Mountain Lion and Parallels 7 on both my iMac and my MBAir. Works flawlessly.

    My few Windows apps are critical and I cannot risk down time. Therefore, I am reluctant to upgrade to Mavericks for fear of incompatibility issues.

    Yes, I could go to Parallels 9 which is just released, but Parallels 7 is extremely stable, and I am afraid that upgrading both Parallels and OSX would just double (or worse) my risk.

    Anyone tested Mavericks (Pre-GM) with Parallels 7 ? ? ?
     
  2. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    I highly doubt that PD7 will work flawlessly with Mavericks.

    I've heard that some people have problems with USB devices on Mavericks with PD8. So I don't think that PD7 will be any better.

    But if you don't use USB devices in your VM, you could always try to see if it works, and if not, you'd have to upgrade. It's really pissing me off that Parallels (and VMWare) only updates their software for ONE year until next version arrives. Not cool that you have to spend $50 every year on upgrading...
     
  3. talmy macrumors 601

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    People are always blaming Parallels for this, but it could just as well be Apple's fault for making some gratuitous change that prevents Parallels from running. Back in the Microsoft MSDOS days when Lotus 1-2-3 had the market for spreadsheet programs there was a saying about the (frequent) MSDOS version upgrades: "MSDOS isn't done until Lotus won't run." Perhaps Apple is doing the same? PD8 originally didn't work with Mavericks, then Parallels had a new release that did, then Mavericks had another release that didn't. You decide whom to blame!

    And PD7 won't run under Mavericks. At least it ran under both Lion and Mountain Lion, giving it two years of life. Of course now you can just upgrade to PD9 which hopefully will run two years as well.

    You can read all about it here and on the Parallels forums.
     
  4. meme1255 macrumors 6502

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    AFAIK PD7 worked sometime ~ DP1-4 when you loaded kexts manually - Could someone try it now?
    Code:
    ExtensionsPath="/Library/Parallels/Parallels Service.app/Contents/Kexts/10.6/"
    cd "$ExtensionsPath"
    
    sudo kextutil prl_hypervisor.kext/
    sudo kextutil prl_vnic.kext/
    sudo kextutil prl_hid_hook.kext/
    sudo kextutil -d ./prl_hypervisor.kext prl_netbridge.kext/
    sudo kextutil prl_usb_connect.kext
    
    open /Applications/Parallels\ Desktop.app 
    
    
    And you have to give parallels permissions to accessibility to get keyboard/mouse working :
    
    System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy Tab > Accessibility section
     
  5. rev.b macrumors regular

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    Just to let you know that I had issues with USB devices (" Unable to connect the USB device to your virtual machine")in Parallels 8 that were FIXED by DP8 that I just installed.

    This is just great! :cool:
     
  6. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    I'm running Parallels 9 on Mavs DP8 with Win8.1RTM and Server 2012 R2 RTM, working perfectly.
     
  7. wsc9005 macrumors regular

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    Just received this urgent email from Parallels :

    If you intend to upgrade to the upcoming Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), please note that Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac will not support OS X Mavericks (10.9). You will not be able to launch your Windows virtual machine or directly use your files through Parallels Desktop 7.

    Before you install OS X Mavericks; upgrade to Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac, as it is the only version available today ready for Mavericks.

    :( not happy really ..
     
  8. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Well, that last statement is just marketing misrepresentation. I got DP8 to work and won't be forking over another $50.

    But to be fair, upgrading every other version isn't that bad considering the very nature of virtualization software and what goes into it. All told, I think I've only paid about $100 in upgrades since 2008. (Free copies of Parallels with a few new macs).
     
  9. jhfenton macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. Parallels 8 is currently working very well under Mavericks DP8 with my Windows 8 VM and my Ubuntu 13.04 VM. The USB issue cropped up in DP6 and DP7, but DP8 resolved that problem. There are minor issues with multiscreen VM screens, but you can make it work. And from what I understand, those issues aren't completely resolved with Parallels 9.

    I'm planning to wait until I buy a new Mac in the fall and probably get Parallels 9 for free. The bugs should be worked out by then, too.
     
  10. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

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    How are you getting parallels free with new macs ? Have I missed something ?
     
  11. jhfenton macrumors 6502a

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    It's a common throw-in offered by Mac retailers with new Macs. When I bought my Mac mini last December from B&H Photo-Video, it was a Mac mini + Applecare + Magic Trackpad + Apple wireless keyboard + Parallels 8 package for $50 less than the Mac mini + trackpad + keyboard alone on Amazon (and of course, even cheaper-er than directly from Apple).
     
  12. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Yes, B&H has been throwing in Parallels with any mac for as long as I can remember:

    2013-09-20 12.30.44 pm.png

    Their prices are also typically $100 less to offset Apple's education discount. Free shipping and of course no sales tax if you're outside of New York.
     
  13. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Big difference is Lotus is a competitor that Microsoft wanted to damage. Apple has no gripe with Parallels.
     
  14. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Yes. I was about to respond in kind. Apple has no motivation to sabotage Parallels. On the contrary, they'd want to promote it (if they could) to give Windows users another reason to cross over.
     
  15. talmy macrumors 601

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    True, but the analogy seems humorous. DP1 breaks Parallels, Parallels is fixed, a later DP breaks Parallels again. But it Apples favor, they fixed the problem. Microsoft never made a change so Lotus would work. (To be fair, Lotus wasn't exactly a saint either.)
     

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