some bootcamp/windows/parallels questions...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sdp, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. sdp macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Hi all,

    I've searched around a bit and went through the FAQ, but I have a few more specific questions. I just upgraded my PPC power mac to an 8core 2.26 macpro.

    I finished up installing XP home retail sp2 via bootcamp and it seems ok for the most part (xp sometimes won't shut down....of course. sigh.) Some specific questions:

    1. Should I EVER download drivers for say, the ATI 4870 for win? Or ONLY drivers that come from mac/bootcamp? and I mean EVER.

    2. I have a sonnet 4port eSata card installed. XP does not recognize. That's fine. That's good. I don't care. But will having it in there and constantly having windows "try" to use it lead to any problems? I live off this card as I am a video editor.

    3. If I install Parallels and have it run off the bootcamp installation, does that mean that whatever happens in bootcamp happens in Parallels? Meaning: say I write something and save it while in Parallels. Then later re-boot in bootcamp, does that file exist exactly as I used in parallels? As in - Parallels AND bootcamp are essentially the same "computer"...? does that make sense?

    Well, for instance, I use quicken on PC. If i update my info in parallels and then the next day go through my same routine ala bootcamp am I literally accessing the same thing?

    Thanks for the help all!
  2. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    1) It's alright to replace drivers that aren't Apple-specific. :)
  3. sdp thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Thanks for the heads up.
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    3) Yes. As long as Parallels is using your bootcamp partition for the VM.
  5. sdp thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2004
    thanks so much. That's what I thought...but wasn't sure.

    I answered my own question 2 (product website DUH!).

    thanks again guys

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