Parallels Using Bootcamp ?

Washac

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Thought I would try Parallels 9 using my Bootcamp as the virtual machine.

Got it all setup OK, my Bootcamp Windows all opens up OK, but Parallels is not recognizing my video card, when I try to run games I get Issues and this error message -

Sorry but your machine is unable to run this game, it requires a graphics card that supports shader model 3, the game will now exit.

Or games set themselves into low graphics setting.

The games all run fine when I boot directly into Bootcamp.

Also the games run fine if on installing Parallels I create its own VM to use.
 
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saturnotaku

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If you go into your device manager from the VM, you'll see that your GPU is not listed as AMD/NVIDIA/Intel but rather as a Parallels virtual device. The GPU emulation has a much more limited feature set. If what you're trying to play uses DirectX 11, for example, it's not going to run under Parallels.
 

Washac

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Do you have DirectX updated? Is it selected in the config for Parallels? Your card supports Shader 5.0.
Things are set up no different to any other Virtual Machine that I create where everything runs fine.
 

Washac

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That's odd. How are the settings when you boot straight to bootcamp? GPU drivers all updated, etc. ?
Yup.

I am wondering if the problem is caused by the fact that the Bootcamp partition that I point Parallels towards is on a another drive, not the drive where I run Parallels.
 

iF34R

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That's interesting.. I'll get one of my usb hdd and setup bootcamp then parallels and see if I get the same results.
 

saturnotaku

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Out of curiosity, have you tried using VMWare? Parallels 9, and especially 10, were very problematic for me when creating a VM out of my Boot Camp partition. The latter worked precisely once before crashing and refusing to start the VM ever again. I switched to VMWare Fusion and all has been well ever since. Its gaming performance isn't as good as Parallels, but the only games I ever play through the VM are much older titles and emulators that don't have Mac ports, and it works just fine.
 

Washac

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Out of curiosity, have you tried using VMWare? Parallels 9, and especially 10, were very problematic for me when creating a VM out of my Boot Camp partition. The latter worked precisely once before crashing and refusing to start the VM ever again. I switched to VMWare Fusion and all has been well ever since. Its gaming performance isn't as good as Parallels, but the only games I ever play through the VM are much older titles and emulators that don't have Mac ports, and it works just fine.
Installed a trial copy VMware Fusion 7 today and got exactly the same issues :(
 

iF34R

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Can you give me a specific game that you have this problem with? Is it on Steam, etc.? Also, the build number for Parallels.
 

Washac

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Can you give me a specific game that you have this problem with? Is it on Steam, etc.? Also, the build number for Parallels.
Thanks for trying to help but I have given up with this idea now, I have spent today trying to get Parallels to boot into my Bootcamp partition with everything working as it should. I got to the point where it would not even boot into Bootcamp windows without throwing up errors, I really cannot waste anymore time on this. I will just carry on using Parallels with its own VM, and running Bootamp on my other drive,thanks for your time though appreciated, at least that way everything works :)
 

iF34R

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I still want to try and get an idea of where the problem stems from lol. Send me a message or reply here, and at least give me a couple game names and I'll test 'em out and see if I can duplicate the issues.
 

Washac

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Can you give me a specific game that you have this problem with? Is it on Steam, etc.? Also, the build number for Parallels.
Tried again this morning just to get a few things straight, did not do anything any different and the game ran all be it in a laggy fashion, but it did load, why ? I have no idea.

Parallels build 9.0.24251
Game - LEGO: Jurassic World, its on steam, I know, Iknow, I stopped using steam sometime ago now, but the game was purchased as a gift to me.
 

iF34R

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Lol. It's ok, I'll look into it. You're on the latest Parallels build for sure. I wonder if it might be that you're not updated on the OS side?? I'll maybe do an install of Mavs and see what I can get.
 

Washac

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Maybe bad import? Dunno really lol. Do ANY games work via parallels when using bootcamp? Older games?
For some reason I did not try and as I said at this moment in time Bootcamp works fine and Parallels works fine so happy with things, seems I just must not mix them :)

Just tried again and everything within Bootcamp via Parallels is just really laggy, time to stop this now, taking up to much time.