I finally got Parallels up and working with a Boot Camp partition, Coherence and all. In hopes of helping others, I'm posting my setup and what I did.
System: MacBook Pro
Processor: 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory (RAM): 2GB
Hard Drive: 120GB
Parallels: Parallels Desktop for Mac build 3094 Beta 2
Mac OS X: Version 10.4.8 With all updates installed as of Dec 22nd, 2006
Windows: Windows XP Professional (Pro) Corporate (Corp) Service Pack 2 (SP2)
The errors I encountered before but were bypasses or fixed were:
"Computer disk hardware configuration problem"
"Unable to open disk image Boot Camp"
- I started with a factory install of Mac OS X. With Boot Camp I partitioned 95GB to Mac OS X and 25GB to Windows. I installed Windows normally.
- Right at the first boot into Windows I installed the Macintosh Drivers from the burned Boot Camp CD and restarted.
- I went to C:\Windows\Driver Cache\i386\ and made a copy of driver.cab and named it sp2.cab (got the tip from this thread). Then I installed Parallels Tools for Boot Camp (main) (mirror). I got Error Code 1 but it's fine.
- I rebooted back into Mac OS X and installed then opened Parallels. I created a new Operating System by going to File, New, Custom, Windows XP, and marked that it should use the Boot Camp partition. Windows began to load (instead of an error ).
- Here waiting is *key*. The only thing you should do is click cancel when boxes pop up asking you to install drivers for various devices and wait until there are no more pop ups.
- Actions from the top menu and Install Parallels Tools... I then restarted Windows in Parallels.
- To get Coherence running, when Windows in Parallels started up again, I went to Start, Run, typed in cmd and pressed enter. Then I typed cd C:\Program Files\Parallels\Parallels Tools\ and pressed enter. Finally I typed cohrence.exe install (no typo) and pressed enter. These things must be typed in verbatim by the way (this was inspired by a part of this faq).
- Finally reboot Windows in Parallels for good measure.
Hope this helps some people.
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