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Default Decompression / Page File on Parallels - 12-30-2008, 07:34 AM

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There's discussion about decompressing the drive and turning off the page file in XP to speed up performance: might this work in Parallels as well? I'm still waiting for my mini9 and considering whether to make it dual boot or just use Parallels...
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Default Re: Decompression / Page File on Parallels - 12-30-2008, 07:56 AM

to save space i would see if it works in Crossover for Mac. ... If what you need doesn't work there I would recommend VMWare Fusion because Parallels assumes you have a Core Duo or Core2Duo which both have VT-X while the Atom lacks some of those features. VMWare doesn't need them.

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Default Re: Decompression / Page File on Parallels - 12-30-2008, 07:57 AM

The only way your XP drive is compressed is if you restored XP from the Dell system restore CD, or you manually turned on drive compression.
The page file trick may help though. As will formatting the virtual drive fat32 rather than NTFS..

I still prefer Parallels over VMWare.. But Parallel's version 4 will not work at all on our machines, has to be version 3. Thanks to the lack of VT-x..

As for Crossover.. There's also the free and open source "Wine".. I use that to run mIRC.. heh

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Default Re: Decompression / Page File on Parallels - 12-30-2008, 10:08 AM

Has anyone tried Virtual Box from Sun?
A coworker is running it on his MacBook and likes it>
Best part is that it is freeware.

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Default Re: Decompression / Page File on Parallels - 12-30-2008, 02:40 PM

I just installed virtualbox on my mini yesterday, working just fine. I used to absolutely hate virtualbox (was complete crap), but the latest version that they released about 2 weeks ago is actually quite decent. One thing to note though, it for whatever reason attempts to install the 64 bit guest additions automatically. This screws up your WinXP drivers, in particular the graphics driver. If you manually pick the i386 guest additions, everything is working fine.

On a side note, I actually put this on a 4GB SDHC card, and its working just fine. Disk performance isn't amazing, but it's functional for the few work applications I use that require IE.
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