Parallels or VMWare on SR MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Imbalance, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. Imbalance macrumors member

    Imbalance

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    #1
    Hi all

    I've had my shiny SR MBP for a while now, it's great :D

    I originally put XP on it using Bootcamp as I needed Windows in a hurry (sigh) but now that I've got some spare time I would rather use it virtualised.

    However, I've had problems with both Parallels and VMware:

    Neither would load my FAT32 formatted XP installation. So I read somewhere it wasn't supported so I rebooted, converted to NTFS and tried again. No such luck. Parallels AND VMware still wouldn't load the Bootcamp image.

    Now, before I waste countless hours of my precious time:

    Does anyone have experiences of using Parallels and VMware on the new SR MBPs.. do they both work properly if you install a fresh copy of XP using them? Any performance differences?

    All comments welcome.

    Thanks

    Imb~
     
  2. opticalserenity macrumors 6502a

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    VMWare Fusion works great for me.

    I just open up the vista bootcamp partition and it works great.
     
  3. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    I've used Parallels and XP with Bootcamp and without. I used it without for 6 months and never had a problem. However, when using Bootcamp and attempting to use the bootcamp partition, I would have to run a disk check upon startup every single time, be it in Bootcamp or Parallels, and Windows would randomly need to be re-activated.

    I finally erased the bootcamp partition and just used the VM HDD again. It works fine once again.

    I honestly don't think its so much an issue with Parallels that I was having as much as a Bootcamp issue. But, I don't know. And I haven't even tried Fusion yet.
     
  4. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    I tried both and I like Fusion better (better interface, more networking features). Plus it's cheaper right now.
     
  5. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    I've tired both with my Windows Bootcamp partition for CAD software (NX5), and personally I prefer VMware Fusion. It just seems more fluid and efficient to me than Parallels; Parallels seems to have a Windows-esque software feel to it for me, like its unstable and patched together code. :p
     
  6. Gandhi macrumors regular

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    Another vote for Fusion. Tried both, Fusion is faster and has a better interface and is easier to use and set up VMs.

    And the price for Fusion is better through August as well ;)
     
  7. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Is there any way to get a Start menu using Unity? I know Parallels has something to do this. I would rather use Fusion, as I trust vmware, and half the price right now!
     
  8. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

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    I had this problem a while back...

    Make sure you have a sp2.cab file in your Windows installation before trying to run virtualized from your Boot Camp. Mine is located in C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386\sp2.cab. I think you can make a copy of the driver.cab file that should already be in there and name it sp2.cab.

    I am running virtualized from my Boot Camp partition (both VMware and Parallels) with a FAT32 partition so the partition format isn't the issue.
     

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