Is Powerbook Pro fast enough for Parallels?

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by ari, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. ari


    Should I be able to have the following open on a Macbook Pro 2.16 with 2GB of ram and run without delays/problems?

    MAC OS
    - Photoshop
    - Acrobat Pro
    - Parallels

    - Excel and, sometimes Word and/or Powerpoint
    - Outlook
    - Explorer
    - Terminal services

    This is what I have and while I don't always have everything running, sometimes I do. Things aren't so good. It is slow, and crashes. I've been working like this for several months but am going to change. I may get a PC for all my office stuff but that means 2 laptops, argh, or leaving my office work in the office, also a bit of a poor solution.
  2. pcraddock


    A Macbook Pro should be more than adequate for the listed applications. If you are on a Powerbook (as you have listed in the title of this question) you will not be able to run Parallels at all. It needs the Intel processor and not the old G4. Hope this helps!
  3. dd55


    FWIW I have almost exactly the same configuration and it all works flawlessly. The only problem I had was that video playback was "choppy" under expee. Bumping the RAM allocation to 1 gig took care of that and everything seems very smooth on both sides.

  4. Hugh Watkins

    Hugh Watkins

    my set up just now just keeps on trucking

    this is from inside my VM - with a danish sytem

    Navn på operativsystem Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 build 2600
    Navn på producent Microsoft Corporation
    Systemnavn **************************
    Systemproducent Ikke tilgængelig
    Systemmodel Ikke tilgængelig
    Systemtype X86-based PC

    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~16224 Mhz
    BIOS-version/dato UNKNOWN, 07/03/2007
    Windows-mappe C:\WINDOWS
    System-mappe C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Startenhed \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Landestandard Storbritannien
    Abstraktionslag for hardware Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
    Brugernavn **************\Ejer
    Tidszone Greenwich, normaltid

    Fysisk hukommelse i alt 511.55 MB out of 2gb on MacBook Pto
    Tilgængelig fysisk hukommelse 114.70 MB
    Virtuel hukommelse i alt 2.00 GB
    Tilgængelig virtuel hukommelse 1.96 GB
    Plads til sidefil 1.22 GB page file
    Sidefil C:\pagefile.sys

    IRQ 9 PCITool
    IRQ 9 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Udvidet værtscontroller - 265C
    IRQ 9 Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM AC'97-lydkort

    Hukommelsesadresse 0xA0000-0xBFFFF PCI-bus
    Hukommelsesadresse 0xA0000-0xBFFFF Parallels Video Driver

    IRQ 1 PC/AT udvidet PS/2-tastatur (101/102 taster) OK
    IRQ 6 Standarddiskettecontroller OK
    IRQ 9 PCITool OK
    IRQ 9 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Udvidet værtscontroller - 265C OK
    IRQ 9 Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM AC'97-lydkort OK
    IRQ 10 Parallels Network Adapter OK
    IRQ 11 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB-universel værtscontroller - 2658 OK
    IRQ 12 Parallels Mouse Synchronization Tool OK
    IRQ 14 Primær IDE-kanal OK


    0xC0000000-0xC0FFFFFF Parallels Video Driver OK
    0xC1000000-0xC10003FF Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Udvidet værtscontroller - 265C OK
    0xA0000-0xBFFFF PCI-bus OK
    0xA0000-0xBFFFF Parallels Video Driver OK
    0xCA000-0xDFFFF PCI-bus OK
    0x20000000-0xFFFFFFFF PCI-bus OK


    Drev A:
    Beskrivelse 3,5"-diskettedrev

    Drev C:
    Beskrivelse Lokal harddisk
    Komprimeret Nej
    Filsystem NTFS
    Størrelse 31.24 GB (33,542,656,000 byte)
    Ledig plads 22.78 GB (24,457,232,384 byte)<<<<< all modern machines need lots of space for scratch files

    Enhedens serienummer A45******

    Drev D:
    Beskrivelse Cd-rom


    the only time it ran slowly was when I gave it 1 gb memory out of 2 gb RAM

    Hugh W
  5. dru_


    All of this is fine, though for your user satisfaction, I'd recommend moving to Mac native alternatives as you can. For example, I wouldn't generally recommend using Office under windows unless you are married to Exchange. That's alot of overhead when you have a Mac version of Office that really is only missing robust Exchange MAPI functions, in POP3/SMTP/IMAP it's good, if not great.

    For Terminal Services, you have MS's own Remote Desktop Client for the Mac, and it's alright for single sessions, you also have the option of using rdesktop under X11.

    I personally use Parallels for Delphi & VS.Net in addition to some app testing. In my view, the less I run in Windows, the better :)
  6. wgdixon


    Should work fine...especially considering Parallels will likely only work half the time anyway, thus NOT consuming system resources :p

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