Parallels & Upgrading

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by softwareguy256, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. softwareguy256 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2010
    #1
    I have a stock plastic macbook from 09. 2 gb ram 667 and 2 ghz core 2 duo on last version of leopard. Parallels runs OK but my apps load slow and take long time switching, after a day or two especially going sleep/wake up cycles VM starts slowing down a lot need to reboot it.

    Will upgrading to snow leopard and 4 GB ram solve this problem? This will set me back at least $200 so I need some good info to make a decision. I need to buy new RAM, snow leopard and new version of parallels plus do a complete backup and waste probably a day doing the upgrade.
     
  2. eman macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Location:
    In the great white north
    #2
    I found Parallels to be buggy and only use bootcamp now and all my problems went away. I run bootcamp with a macbook, 2.0GHZ and 2Gb ram with no problems. I have since upgraded to Snow Leopard and all is still good.

    Save the $200 and upgrade to Snow Leopard for the $25 and load bootcamp.
     
  3. softwareguy256 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2010
    #3
    Thanks, but I don't think I want bootcamp, the time it takes to switch back and forth is such a headache that I might as well use windows 100% in that case. There is only 1 app not even very CPU intensive that I need to run and of course MS office, I am not paying twice for the mac version!!

    Any experienced parallels user? Parallel works nicely especially with spaces, but after a while it really bogs down my whole system just idling.
     
  4. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

    GfulDedFan

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2007
    Location:
    Indiana
    #4
    Yes, 4GB will help. Which windows are you using? You really should consider xp if you're using another. I use xp and I allocate 1GB of virtual memory for it. It runs better than it would on a pc.
    About having to restart windows more often than OS X... that sounds correct although I use suspend and resume quite often. It seems like windows automatic update restarts windows often enough so that I rarely have to restart manually.
    Also Parallels 5.0 runs much better and seems to run faster than previous versions.
    The updating process (RAM, Snow Leopard, Parallels, and a backup) will probably take about 4-5 hours total.
     
  5. softwareguy256 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2010
    #5
    Yeah I'm using XP, 512 MB allocation or auto I think. My disk thrashes very badly when the VM is just idling. I listened closely and could hear the disk reads, my page in/ page out ratio is about 50%. I get that swirly thingie all the time just switching apps. All it takes to bog my system down:

    Parallels with XP conservative RAM
    Safari
    Firefox
    Xcode
    Interface builder

    I only need XP to run developer studio 2005 and MS office.

    Not sure if I'm ready to upgrade to snow-leopard or parallels 5, can you tell me how much better % wise? I've decided to stop being a cheap ass and to upgrade to 4 GB. I find myself talking myself out of launching parallels whenever I need to do something in windows. This is not good.

    Oh yeah my iphone software developer subscription expired, another $100
    Just bought applecare $200
    4GB ram $100
    snow leopard parallels ANOTHER $100

    These $100's start adding up!

    Let's hope no new battery... that would be yet another $100!
     

Share This Page