question with parallels on MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BigJohno, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Parallels says that it has 64mb vram but I though it said on the web site that it can run half life 2 with no problem. does it use my whole video card or what? if not how do I get it to. I have the new version.

  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Nobody knows how it is done except for their own devs, but if you do need to game bootcamp is still your best option.

    I do not like Parallels at all. They seem to have a penchant of hyping things up way before it is done. Look at their coherence vs VMware's unity. I will not be surprised if Parallels try to pull a "3D Support 2.0" in the upcoming Parallels Desktop version 5.

    SA really put it best:
  3. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Did you turn DirectX9 and/or OpenGL 1.5 on in system prefs?
  4. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    It just asks if u want to use direct x.
  5. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
  6. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
  7. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    i got parallels hoping that it would run aero...but unfortunately they're still "working on it". 3d support/stability for a majority of games is sketchy at best.

    VMWare's "accelerate 3d graphics" doesnt do much other than let you run screensavers. At least in my experience. If any of you guys have an idea to get the thing to run half life 2/CS:S then by all means post.
  8. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    It isn't in your best interest to try and run processor and graphics intensive games in a virtual environment. Any solution is going to be slower than booting up natively and running the game.

    Seriously, your best bet is to create a small Boot Camp partition that you can use for games. Then if you need access to some less hardware-intensive Windows apps while you are in OSX you can use VMware (or Parallels, if you really want to for some weird reason). This is want I'm doing this fall for college. My school has a mostly Lenovo required laptop program (yech), but all I have to do is run the apps that I need in either VMware or Boot Camp.

    In simpler words: ideally, you're not going to be able to game in a virtual OS environment and get native performance at this point in time with any solution. Go native with Boot Camp.

  9. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    I have both (Parallels and Fusion) and I now prefer Parallels v.3 to Fusion beta 4 (maybe that will change in future updates).

    I don't care about updates, and while Unity is cool, it is buggier than Coherence mode. I love the speed increases that just came, and Parallels is much faster for the simple stuff.
  10. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    But parallels eats waaaay more system resources than VMWare's Fusion Beta. I mean, with Parallels running a video in WMP for example can use up >100% CPU while in VMWare it only uses up 50~70%. Amazing really, I can't wait for VMWare to release the full thing.

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