PD4 optimal configuration?

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by proforged, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. chicago63

    chicago63

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    When I click on the Configure button on Parallels 4 and I go to the Memory or Video Memory options, I am UNABLE to change the settings. I cannot move the slider nor type in the numbers or click on the arrows to increase or decrease the amounts.

    Any idea why?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Flagg

    Flagg

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    chicago63,

    You cannot change these settings while having your virtual machine running. Please shut it down and then, while having it in a stopped state, go to the configuration editor and alter the settings.
     
  3. chicago63

    chicago63

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    Thank you! I'll try that.
     
  4. tedevlin

    tedevlin

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    Dear proforged,
    Thank you for your vigilance in this matter. I will try your settings.
    I have the same computer configuration as you, and I'm trying to run Solidworks.
    I paid for support, and got no satisfaction. They did seem to make the same recommendations for configuration as you, (except for memory size.)
    I noticed that you should also not let Time Machine back up the VM. This is a checkbox option in the General Config tab.
    The technician claims that there is no difference in running a Boot Camp VM, or one made from scratch. I made both and tend to agree - they are both slow.
    His final recommendation was to uninstall everything and go back to PD 3.0. John, do you agree with this?
     
  5. proforged

    proforged

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    disabling 3D did not have any affect.
     
  6. John@Parallels

    John@Parallels

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    If you see slowness with Solid Works please follow recommendations bellow:

    1. At lease 1,5- 2 gb for VM + 2 GB for Leopard - eg Machine with at least 4 gb
    2. Video memory 256
    3. Shared folders - check for files c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    There should be 2 entries, each on separate line:
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    127.0.0.1 .psf

    4. Antivirus - uninstall, use antivirus with no real scan engine - free Clamwin for example
    5. And use common Microsoft recommendations to speed up PC
     
  7. theobold

    theobold

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    I have:
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 GB RAM
    256 MB VRAM

    I have just upgrade from Parallels 3 to Parallels 4.0.3810

    My current Parallels 4 settings:
    do not back up with Time Machine - checked
    Startup - open as window
    turn on automatically - when Parallels Desktop starts
    on window close - ask me what to do
    Adaptive Hypervisor - not checked
    Optimize performance for: virtual machine
    Optimize power: better performance
    Security: medium
    Services: none checked
    Shared Folders: Share MacOSX folders with Windows 'All Disks' checked
    User-defined MacOS X folders: checked
    Share all windows disks and Map folders: not checked
    Shared Profile: not enabled
    Shared Applications: not enabled
    SmartMount: enabled
    SmartGuard: not enabled
    Internet Applications: default
    Coherence: nothing checked
    Modality: all checked
    CPU: 1
    Memory: 1744MB
    Video: 256MB nothing else checked
    Floppy disk: n/a
    CD/DVD: enabled and connected
    Hard Disk: Image File expanding disk 19.5GB
    Network Adapter1: Connected - Bridged ethernet; airport
    Sound: connected
    USB controller: enabled.

    Following installation of P4, I started working in AutoCAD2007 which was painfully slow to the point of being unusable in coherence.

    I have done the following:
    My 'hosts' file read-
    127.0.0.1 localhost
    127.0.0.1 localhost

    127.0.0.1 .psf

    I amended this in notepad and saved.
    I defragmented the hard disk.
    I used a cleanup program to clean the registry.
    I deleted my Virgin Media PC Guard and installed Clamwin antivirus
    I restarted both the VM and the mac (several times during the course of doing this)
    I uninstalled several unused windows programmes.
    I uninstalled Parallels Tools from the VM, restarted in reinstalled the tools
    I also deleted the Processor Controllers in Device Manager>System Devices


    I have noticed an improved performance in XP, however AutoCAD is still unusable in coherence. It is a lot better in single window.

    The reason I use Parallels IS for coherence as I also use Vectorworks in OSX. This all worked fine in P3. I honestly thought PS4 would enable me not only to work in coherence but also utilise my 23" cinema display along with the 15" macbookpro display.

    Any help much appreciated!
     

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