Parallels = experience generally positive?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by btownguy, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I'm thinking of getting Parallels to run two apps on my MBP (SportTracks and Quicken). I will run both in "coherence mode". Have peoples' experiences running Parallels (specifically coherence mode) been pretty positive overall?
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
  3. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    +1 for version 4

    If you have enough RAM (recommend 4GB for Vista) and a fast HDD it works like a charm.
  4. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I've enjoyed using Parallels to run Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Very smooth, stable experience. They've been inexplicably (and inexcusably) dragging their feet on supporting Ubuntu 9.04, but other than that, no problems.
  5. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I wouldn't call my HD fast - I have the 5400 rpm in the MBP - but I won't be doing anything too heavy through Parallels. I'll be running Quicken 2009 and an application called SportTracks through XP SP3.
  6. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
  7. iwuzbord macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    New York City
    my experience with parallels is mixed.
    but that's because of the software i've needed to use with it.

    since you aren't really doing anything heavy with it, there's no doubt everything will work fine. coherence mode is excellent and works just the way it should.
  8. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    If that's all you need it for, try VirtualBox first. The price is right. :cool:
  9. bertpalmer macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2007
    I've used it to boot xp, vista and 7 and had a fantastic experience with it. The only thing which is a minor pain is it doesn't support the aero interface even if your hardware does! Not a big deal but a bit of a let down.
  10. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    I second that. VB is enough if you are just doing normal stuff with your VMs (running basic Windows apps like Visio or the like). I'm thinking of moving back to VB (used to use the Linux release before Sun got a hold of it) as I hear its gotten much better since the Sun "buyout" and I will be losing my VMWare Fusion license soon (changing jobs).

    If you wanted something more powerful then VB, I say go with VMWare Fusion. VMWare has had a better track record with the Mac VM product then Parallels and has introduced new features (like DX8 and 9 support) before Parallels did. Also, I do not like the interface for Parallels, but that might just be because I came from a VMWare background (VMWare has free [limited] virtualization software for Windows and Linux).
  11. macbook994411 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2009
    i don't like parallels anymore

    i downloaded the trial version played around with ubuntu a little bit it was great but a couple days later my internet was unusually slow i was looking at my network and saw i was connected to two new networks that i have never seen before there were booth called parallel...something i didn't like that so i deleted them and restarted it was still there so then i uninstalled parallels desktop and those two networks were gone but in my apple menu:apple: i have 2 restart and 2 shut down options which is really annoying and weird so anyways i don't like parallels and if anyone knows how to get rid of those extra menu items please please let me know they really piss me off
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Occasionally the software gets a little slow, but definitely nothing that stops me from using it.
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I personally like VMware more, but again that's personal preference.
  14. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Installed Parallels yesterday. Here's something I quickly learned - use an updated Windows disc to install XP. Don't install from the original RTM disc (pre-sp1). I had to slipstream SP3 into my RTM disc for it to work correctly. The installation with the RTM disc had a blue screen and wouldn't allow installation of the various service packs after the fact.

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