Parallels

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  1. ktalebian macrumors regular

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    Hi there!
    Ever since I've installed this program, my laptop has become extremely slow, even when I am not running the program!

    Also, why the hell is Parallel only giving me 16MB for Video graphic?!? I can't run any graphic programs (i.e. games :p) with that!
     
  2. McGiord, Mar 15, 2008
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    What Mac do yo have and how much RAM?

    In the Parallels Settings you can adjust that.
    However running a native Boot Camp session will always be better for games.
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  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Get fusion,that way you have access to both cores & more RAM

    But as McGiord stated,bootcamp is always the best option for games
     
  4. ktalebian thread starter macrumors regular

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    HI there
    I have MBP, the one right before the latest one came out (2.2GHz/2Gb Ram(although I am thinking to upgrade it to 4, should I?).
    Also, once the system loads everything, speed becomes fine (it just takes a long time to boot the system). It's more the graphic now that is awful (I mean 16mb? Come on!)
     
  5. GibsonMarshall macrumors member

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    I have the same MBP that you have. I used mine with the factory installed 2 gigs of RAM and it was fine. I had already ordered 4 gigs of RAM from OWC and it arrived the same day of my MBP. I installed it the 4 gigs of RAM about 4 hours after using my MBP on 2 gigs. It was a nice upgrade, which made everything run a bit smoother on more demanding programs.

    It might be worth it if you do upgrade your memory. I did it for $100.
     
  6. McGiord, Mar 15, 2008
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  7. dtrimble macrumors member

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    I think you'll be hard-pressed to run most games anyway. It seems a large and growing number of games are based on Microsoft's DirectX technology for graphics, rendering, 3D, sound, etc. DirectX is one of the few things Parallels does NOT support.

    That said, you can adjust the video memory and RAM allocation within Parallel's virtual machine editor.

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  8. ktalebian thread starter macrumors regular

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    How about Fusion then? Does that support DirectX?
     
  9. dtrimble macrumors member

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    Fusion has limited support for DirectX 8.1, not the current 9.x versions, if I remember correctly. I looked extensively at Fusion before buying Parallels, but I must admit, I never actually TRIED using it.

    If you really need full game support and the performance they typically demand, use Boot Camp to setup a partition and run Windows on your Mac natively from the partition.

    If you did that, you could still setup Parallels or Fusion to also use that partition as their virtual machine.
     
  10. Glenny2lappies macrumors 6502

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    Not sure. Configured "use both cores" and rebooted Windows. Process Manager (<ctl><shift><esc>) only shows one core not two.

    Also I can't see any improvement with performance when it's selected.
     
  11. Flowero4ka macrumors regular

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    Advise you to use parallels for work and Bootcamp for games... ;)
     

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