Playing WoW via Parallels on a Bootcamp partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by qom, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. qom macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Hi there,

    Installed XP on my new iMac to get into some gaming. Was able to install the latest catalyst drivers with mobility modder (although, can't remember how I did it, remember it was kind of tricky)

    Anyway, thought I'd install Parallels and use it together with my Bootcamp partition to be able to play World of Warcraft in OS X, so I'd be able to do some multitasking.

    After installation of parallels, I noticed that the display adapter is called Parallels video driver, and not HD2600 Pro.

    Tried to run WoW, which gave me a message: "was unable to start up 3d acceleration".

    How do I fix this?
    Is it possible to use ATI's drivers in Parallels?

    Running an iMac 2.4GHz, 4GB ram, HD2600 Pro/XT
    Parallels Build 5160

  2. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    Parallels' 3D acceleration doesn't do all the stuff WoW needs and you can't run the ATI drivers under Parallels.

    I'm curious, why not just run the OSX version of WoW, should run great on your iMac? Last time I compared, it didn't run as fast as the Windows version on my MBP, but it will certainly run better natively on OSX than under virtualization, even if you could run it on Parallels.
  3. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    Well, you have very good system specs, ideal for running Parallels.
    I don't know what version of DX WoW requires, but I know that unofficially Parallels supports DX 9.0
    Nevertheless, this support is unofficial and I wouldn't rely on it.
    They say here, that Parallels supports Warcraft 3, so I assume WoW will work, but nort very smooth.
    Use Boot Camp or OS X version of the game
  4. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    With such system specs, I believe ANY game would run smoothly even in Parallels...:)
    Imagine, you have 2 Gigs allocated to OS x and 2 Gigs to Windows... This is a lot! A machine of my dreams
  5. IBitePrettyHard macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2007
    If you get the Mac version, you can still do multitasking...I do it all the time. You can have several apps open in OSX and Parallels while playing WOW in windowed mode.

    If you are wondering, you CAN use almost all mods and add-ons that you used on the Windows version on the mac. They're the same file on both systems. :)
  6. webgoat macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    why give so much to windows? i have 3 gb allocated to os x and 1 gb to xp pro... anyway pc games and mac means boot camp, regardless of your hardware, due to the current capabilities of virtualization software

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