Parallels 5

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by alphaod, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Just got it. It's a lot faster that the older version; they weren't kidding when they said they made some "under the hood" improvements. I'll post an update once I play around a bit. :)
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Good to hear. I just finished downloading it myself. Gonna wait until later in the day (after some sleep) to upgrade my VMs, though ;).
  3. jon08 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2008
    Good. Please do report back guys... Can't wait for some MacWorld comparisons of Parallels 5 vs. Fusion 3 - I can't decide which one to get...
  4. kris1212 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2009
    Philadelphia PA home of the Fightin' Phils!
    I was just about to order it. Does anyone know if you can use it on more than one computer, or must I order a copy for each computer?
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Unless they've changed their license since version 4 you need one license/key per machine.
  6. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    yes definitely let us know. Im wanting to upgrade but not if it is not worth it.
  7. iWoz macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2009
    East Midlands, U.K

    +1 on this idea, as Im still undecisive which virtualisation software to get :)
  8. kris1212 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2009
    Philadelphia PA home of the Fightin' Phils!
    Thanks for that -- not what I wanted to hear, but what I expected! :(
  9. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Some preliminary feedback:
    1) Graphics performance is very good. It is not as good a native, but significantly better than before. The Windows index now nets a solid 6.0; I know this isn't really a determining factor, but it's a good start. I don't play many games, but for Source games I can get on average about 60fps at 2560x1600 resolution. No I don't have Crysis or those newer games to run.
    2) Like my first impression, it is faster. I mean it may just be that I feel it's faster when it's not, but boot times are lower for my VMs. Applications launch quicker. I have allocated 4 CPUs, and 4GB of RAM to the VM, so that may be a contributing factor. I used the same allocation before with Parallels 4.
    3) The full desktop mode is amazing. I think it's a great way to go to a Mac and still use your computer as if you're running Windows. I'm sure some people will frown upon that, but maybe you can convince your boss to update you to Mac next time at work? They did have this in VMWare Fusion, but it didn't feel as fluid. Very smooth and seemless. They have the whole Linux Compiz like cube when you switch from Window to Full-screen mode.

    If anyone has suggestions on other things to run to test, I will gladly do so. I will probably buy Fusion 3 for Mac since it supports 64-bit kernel extensions now. Will run that side-by-side so see which is faster.
  10. BinfordsTool macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Hey Alpha what are your base system specs? I have 4 on a MBP, I qualify for t free upgrade to 5, but I'm wondering what advantage I can see gaming wise.

    Also, unrelated question, is it better to boot from a bootcamp partition or just have an image on my primary hd?
  11. rekoil macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    The biggest downside of running a Boot Camp-installed OS in Parallels is that you cannot suspend a VM, you have to shut it down whenever you exit parallels. Presumably this is to prevent issues from inconsistent states that may come up if you were to suspend in Parallels then boot the same OS natively.

    OTOH, disk access is slightly faster due to direct access (vs. the disk-to-file translation needed for normal VMs) and you get the ability to boot directly into the guest OS if needed, which could be important if you're a gamer.
  12. WizardHunt macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA
    I have a iMac 3.06 Ghz with 4 GB ram with the 4850 Video option. How would you suggest that I set up Parallels if I choose to install it? Another words, how much Ram would you say I need to allocate for it? And any other suggestions would be most helpful.

    Should I try the trial first? I heard that Parallels does not uninstall well if I don't like it. I don't want it to mess up my system.
  13. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Parallels 5 is screaming fast for me - just bought it yesterday. Runs Windows XP Professional like a champion, and I'm going to give it a try with Vista and 7 as well. :D
  14. pflau macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2007
    ???? I am running Parallels 5 with 64-bit kernel extension and it seems to be more stable than when I was running it without.

    I am running SL 64bit on a MacBook Pro 2.26GHz with 4GB. Parallels 5 runs very well with Windows 7 except that it is unstable if I turn on both video acceleration and dual CPU, in which case the Windows display manager seems to keep crashing in the background.
  15. SimonMW macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    Parallels 5 is much better than 4.

    The other thing (and something that for some reason a lot of people seem to be missing despite calling for it for ages) is that you can now use Compiz effects in Ubuntu etc.
  16. erratikmind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    Upgraded to SL and upgraded from PD 4 to 5, yesterday. Everything is running great on Windows XP Pro.

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