Using Parallels. Do I need more RAM?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ardoptres, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Ardoptres macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    So, I've been trying Parallels out. It takes a bit to start up, but that's alright.

    The problem is that the whole computer works INCREDIBLY SLOW when using Parallels. And I mean really, REALLY slow. The only Windows thing I have open is a program called Graph. I believe this is very light to run.

    So my question is, do I need more RAM? While I had my usual apps open, plus Parallels and Graph, Activity Monitor shows 0.14MB free memory. I'm pretty sure that is not a lot.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It'd help if you told us how much ram you had now. More RAM never hurts.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    How much RAM do you have

    I would recommend 4 GB to run either Fusion or Parallels
    The performance increase between 2 GB and 4 GB is substantial

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  4. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
  5. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Don't think that's enough. I have 3GB (2 assigned to OSX and 1 assigned to Windows 7) and it's still very slow when I'm using parallels. I'd go with at least 4GB if you can.

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