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HIPAR

 
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I set up Parallels about a month ago (MacBook Pro, Leopard, 1 gigabyte) and things went wrong when the software update box popped up while I was entering the activation code. I would suggest you dismiss this box if you see it, load/start Parallels out of the box and then upgrade Parallels before you install your guest operating system. Keep in mind that you need to hold down the Fn key if you need to use a an F1 - F12 function key as I did installing Win2000 as my guest operating system. Be sure you install the tools for windows after you get XP running. It's a standard kind of Windows install.

I had some problems reading from the CD with Installshield installers. I worked around the problems by reading files from the CD drive to the OSX desktop, dragging to the Windows desktop and executing from there. Most CDs work OK .. cannot explain it but am only guessing it might be a virtual memory access problem. Everything else works including the WiFi and USB ports.

There was a Parallels Leopard upgrade about a week ago and things are less finicky now so I'm thinking you won't experience the lockups I saw.

It's a slick program and I'll give it good marks. Have fun.

--- CHAS
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