Problem with Aero on Windows 7 via Parallels 5

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  1. KCWolfPck macrumors regular

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    So, I recently installed Parallels 5 on my MacBook and then I installed Windows 7 as a virual machine. For some reason, I cannot get Windows 7 to run in "aero" mode.

    The MacBook I installed it on is a year or two old (it's a Black MacBook). It's got a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. I believe the sceps are enough to support "aero" mode.

    In the virtual machine configure menu. I've selected Processors = 1 and Mani Memory = 1200 MB (top of recommended).

    When trying to adjust my settings in Windows 7, there is a message at the bottom of he personalization screen with a link to "Troubleshoot problems with transparency and other aero effects". When I click the link, it runs a test to detect problems. After the test is complete, it tells me that Desktop Window Manager is disabled.

    Any idea on what I can do to get Aero working, or is my macBook not up to snuff?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    The video card for the Blackbook doesn't have what it takes to run Aero in virtualization. The following is quoted from the Parallels support forums:

     
  3. KCWolfPck thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah....thanks! It's good to know that the Mac simply can't handle it and it's not a user error.
     

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