Optimal Settings for Running Parallels on Mac for L4

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Robin | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 5 2009 11:50 AM

Hi everyone,

I am a new mac user and I just installed L4 using Parallels. I really don't want to mess with the mac version until it is not as clumsy. I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to show me how to have my settings as best as possible to run L4 on a mac (I have 4 G Ram and 320 Gig HD) using parallels.. I was trying to find more info on the forums, but it was difficult to find, so I am sorry if my question has been asked before. Or if anyone else finds the answer on another forum, could you send me the link?

Thank you so much for your time!

Robin

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 5 2009 12:54 PM

Hi Robin and welcome!

I am using Parallels 5 on a similar setup as yours. Here are the important screen shots in my opinion:

Let P5 optimize and tune to speed up windows

Set video memory to the max and turn off 3d.

Select 1 core and 2 gigs of memory

I think you will enjoy using L4 on P5 until the Mac version is further developed.

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Robin | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 6 2009 7:58 AM

Dear John,

Thank you so much! I am loving the mac and loving it more since I can actually run L4 really well on it!

Grateful for your time,

Robin

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Ernesto Ochoa | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 7 2009 2:07 AM

Hi !!

JohnFidel, do you use antivirus in virtual machine?

I use windows in vm only for work in Logos 4. It´s necessary antivirus?

What do you think about?

Thanks.

 

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 7 2009 4:44 AM

No, but I have almost every internet function that may trigger from a windows app use Mac programs. I use an ftp program to access logos and I vpn to the office from the windows side, otherwise both of those would be open in mac as well. One other thing I do is to remove the icons from the task bar and start button for Outlook Express etc. This way I say away from any windows access to the internet except for Logos and other bible software updates.

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Ernesto Ochoa | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 7 2009 6:38 AM

Thanks for your answer. Great job!! It´s a very important help to me.

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Jim Keys | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 9 2009 9:28 AM

Wow... I've spent hours and finally gave up when a logos tech said I had to have 3 GB allocated to Parallels.  It simply would not work no matter what I did.  This setup works flawlessly.  THANKS SO MUCH!

 

Jim

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Felipe Chamy | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 17 2009 5:55 AM

John Fidel:

Hi Robin and welcome!

I am using Parallels 5 on a similar setup as yours. Here are the important screen shots in my opinion:

Let P5 optimize and tune to speed up windows

Set video memory to the max and turn off 3d.

 

John.

I was not able to set the video memory to the max nor turn off 3D.

What can I Do

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 17 2009 5:58 AM

These settings need to be set when the Virtual Machine is not running. To do this click on either the option or cmd key when you start Parallels 5. It will bring up the P5 without starting any VM's. Go to Parallels help for more specifics if either of the above do not work. Hope this helps.

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Felipe Chamy | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 17 2009 7:00 AM

Thank you... Logos 4 is running a lot, a lot, better!

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 17 2009 7:39 AM

Glad to hear it!

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Johnny Sewell | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 24 2009 11:12 PM

John, thanks for your tips.  I just upgraded to Logos 4.

I have a MacBook Pro that is almost 3 years old.  It is a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo machine. 

It is only capable of running 3GB of ram total so I am experimenting with how much ram to allocate.  I am wondering if I would not be better to just start over and use Bootcamp to give it the full resources, though Parallels.com says it should work fine.

I also have a 24 inch iMac with 4GB but have not installed Logos there yet.  The only Windows machine we own belongs to my son and right now just to be sure I have the backup copy of Logos 3 installed there.

I may rethink that and install Logos 4 also on the iMac.

You also mentioned redirecting all of your browser connections from Logos to the Mac side.  Or did I misunderstand that?  Can you elaborate?

Thanks,

Johnny

 

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2009 2:59 AM

Johnny Sewell:
You also mentioned redirecting all of your browser connections from Logos to the Mac side.  Or did I misunderstand that?  Can you elaborate?

Johnny

I don't know how detailed to make the procedure, but just in case, here they are in detail:

Open Parallels, Select, but do not start the VM. In the right-click menu click Configure and select the Options tab. Half-way down the list click Internet Applications (John shows the panel in the 7th message above yours.). I have set every option there to "Open in Mac OS X". John has 2 of the options set elsewhere, but that is of necessity as he explains in the post accompanying that message.

Have a wonderful, Christ exalting Christmas.

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Matthew Bookspan | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2009 8:15 AM

Has anyone tried these same settings under VMware Fusion 3? Any other tips? Coherence vs. Crystal in P5?

Cordially,

Matthew

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2009 8:37 AM

Matthew Bookspan:
Has anyone tried these same settings under VMware Fusion 3? Any other tips? Coherence vs. Crystal in P5?

I use Coherence on Parallels 5, but I haven't bothered to learn what Crystal is all about.

Donavon Palmer has some information on optimizing Fusion 3.0 for Logos 4. He should post sometime soon, as he wants to keep his post count well ahead of mine Geeked

There is information on these Forums concerning optimizing Fusion:

See the last post in this thread Logos 4 (Win XP / VMware Fusion) If anyone has posted since I just checked the thread (11:43 EST 12/25), the referenced post is by Donavon Palmer

Found a way to increase speed of Logos 4Win under Fusion

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Alan Brooks | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2009 9:28 AM

Thanks John I'm in the same camp and made some adjustments based on your recommendations.  

Good to see you my brother!

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Johnny Sewell | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2009 6:10 PM

Merry Christmas to you too Jack, (and everyone)

I went back after posting that and saw that John had added a screenshot of that page also.  I just didn't read carefully enough.  

Thanks,

Johnny

 

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Johnny Sewell | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 25 2009 6:13 PM

John,

Merry Christmas!  Disregard the internet question as I somehow missed the screenshot of your Internet page.  Thanks for the help.  

Johnny

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Rick Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 28 2009 1:37 AM

I have one of the new iMac i7 quad core (which actually acts as 8 cores). I also have 8gb of RAM on my machine.

 

I'm curious what setting you would suggest for my machine? I'm thinking I could bump it up quite a bit from the sittings on you posted.

 

Any thoughts?

 

thanks!

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 28 2009 3:17 AM

RickSmith:

I have one of the new iMac i7 quad core (which actually acts as 8 cores). I also have 8gb of RAM on my machine.

I'm curious what setting you would suggest for my machine? I'm thinking I could bump it up quite a bit from the sittings on you posted

Be sure you fasten your seat belt when using that machine Geeked

Which version of Windows are you using? I thing XP can only recognize a little over 3GB. I have 11GB in my machine, but I only allocated 4 to Parallels because of the limitations of XP.

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