Parallels 5 in ALL VMs - annoying spinning beachball

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by wrldwzrd89, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Anyone else get the spinning beachball in Parallels 5 after you log into Windows? Doesn't matter which Windows version - XP SP3, Vista SP2 and W7 are all affected. If it makes any difference, I have multiple monitors and have Parallels set to use all of them in full-screen mode (which is how I run my VMs).
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    most likely because you do not have enough RAM?
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 thread starter macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Could be. The beachball doesn't last very long, and it only comes up when the VM starts. After that it works just fine. I have 2GB of RAM in my iMac, and 1GB is allocated to each VM. I never try to run more than one VM at once, for obvious reasons. I believe the max RAM for my Mac is 4GB - it doesn't accept the 4GB chips.

    EDIT: I was thinking about upgrading my Mac's RAM anyway... this may be the perfect occasion to go ahead with the upgrade.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    yup RAM problem right there.

    2GB is not enough, especially if you are allocating half of your available RAM! 4GB would be sufficient i think, but that doesnt rule out the beach balls of course - the system will hang like that when large amounts of page ins/outs are being performed.
     
  5. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Another potential bottleneck is your internal drive. I always run into beachballing and just general slowness when trying to run a VM off the same drive as the main OS, assuming you don't have the VM on an external drive.
     

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