some bootcamp/windows/parallels questions...

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

  1. sdp macrumors member

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    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

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

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    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    3) Yes. As long as Parallels is using your bootcamp partition for the VM.
     
  5. sdp thread starter macrumors member

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    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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