Sound output disapears while using WinXP

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac' started by thegoofs@mac.com, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. thegoofs@mac.com

    thegoofs@mac.com Bit Poster

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    Hello all -

    I am having a problem with Parallels where the Guest OS stops playing sound after a while. Sound works again after re-booting the Guest OS, but then disapears again later.

    Any thoughts?
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    William
     
  2. stormj

    stormj

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    I have experienced this same issue. I cannot isolate the problem. I tried disabling and then re-enabling the sound driver in the device manager, with no luck. It just starts up again sometimes. I have not noted this yet in build 1884, but have only been running it for a short time.
     
  3. thegoofs@mac.com

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    I am still on build 1848.

    A little more info:

    It seems that the sound only cuts out after using some type of multimedia applicatiuon, i.e. Windows Media Player, Quicktime movie, or even a Flash movie in a browser.

    My specs:

    MacBook Pro 2.16MHz
    2GB Ram
    928 MB alocated to Parallels. (only 1 VM)
     
  4. catsbreath

    catsbreath

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    Sound Quits under Windows XP

    I just downloaded and tried Parallels for the first time today and had the same thing happen. I don't know what build I'm on, I suppose it's the latest. Here's my set up:

    On a MacBook Pro with 2 Gb RAM (1 GB assigned to Parallels)
    Mac OS 10.4.7
    Running Internet Explorer 6.0, trying to watch a webcast. The sound quits after a while.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2006
  5. mr_bill

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    I found after moving from build 1862 to 1884 that I had no sound whatsoever, even though Devices->Sound was set to Active in Parallels (and I had installed the Parallels tools). In the WinXP Sound control panel, the default device was missing if I remember correctly. I uninstalled and went back to 1862 and sound came back, no problems since then.

    (MacBook Pro 2.16 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 1024 MB to Parallels, 924 MB to VM)
     
  6. catsbreath

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    Mr. Bill,

    Ok, that sounds hopeful. Two questions from this rank newbie:

    1) Are previous builds of Parallels available anywhere?

    2) When I uninstall Parallels and reinstall it, I will of course have to reinstall Windows. Are there any problems with entering the Key twice? I've heard MS is a bear for that sort of thing.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  7. catsbreath

    catsbreath

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    I just checked and the build I downloaded is 1848. Do you know where I can get 1862?
     
  8. mr_bill

    mr_bill

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    Parallels beta archives & Win XP product key

    Responding to both your posts here. 1848 is the latest official release (AFAIK); 1862 and 1884 are public betas. You might want to keep an eye on the announcements thread (http://forum.parallels.com/forum27.html) as well as the updates page (http://www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/update/). Build 1884 is what's currently posted there, and is where I picked up 1862, which unfortunately no longer seems to be available (unless there's a public archive I don't know about).

    Re #2, if you've already created a disk image with build 1848 and installed Windows onto it, keep it around! That image is still usable with subsequent builds (at least so far). No need to re-install Windows! All the same, should you ever need to reinstall, there shouldn't be a problem with you re-entering the key if you have a valid license and you're reinstalling on the same "machine". Entering the product key is not the same as registration with MS, which I believe is a choice you can opt out of and I wouldn't do more than once anyway.

    - Bill
     
  9. thegoofs@mac.com

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    I should have noted when I started this thread, I am on build 1848.

    Same problem. Sound disapears after playing multimedia files for a short time.

    William
     
  10. darkone

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    i had the same issue in 1848 but 1862 seemed to fix all the sound issues I had. It would disappear after a short time in 1848 but 1862 doesnt suffer that problem.
     
  11. catsbreath

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    Thanks but...

    I got bootcamp to work (beautifully, I might add) and I think I'll wait for Parallels to get more stable before trying it again. Actually, I'm really waiting for Crossover. Now THAT's an elegant solution!
     

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