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Re: running Xy on a Mac
- Subject: Re: running Xy on a Mac
- From: Harry Binswanger hb@xxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2011 15:45:06 -0400
And presumably, one can install XP
on Parallels on new and future Macs as well as old ones? (In other words,
we don't expect a new version of Parallels that won't accept older
versions of Windows?)It works seamlessly.
So we're talking about running Xywrite (and Tamedos, I assume) on a
virtual XP inside a Mac. Sounds like a lot of moving parts ... but if it
works, it works.
What snags have you encountered?
There must be some! One annoyance: there's a drop-down menu item on the Mac for the virtual
machine that lets you assign drives, USB ports, printers, CDs and other
peripherals to either the Mac or the PC and I find that it frequently
"forgets" what you've chosen. So about once a week, I have to
mouse over to the Mac monitor where I see the "Devices" menu
item, click on it, click on USB (or whatever) and re-assign something to
Windows (i.e., check it). No big deal.
BTW, there's no detectable speed drop off in running XP on Parallels
because you are not emulating a machine in software, you are telling the
(Intel) CPU of the Mac to expect Windows BIOS calls, or whatever. So it's
a hardware-based virtual machine not a software-based
Let me illustrate how seamless Parallels is. As I said, my right
dual-monitors are assigned to Windows (this is an option I chose--doesn't
have to be that way) and the Mac laptop's screen is set to be only Mac.
When I move my mouse back and forth between Mac screen and Windows
screen, it instantly and automatically changes the cursor from Mac's
cursor (black) to Windows cursor (white). This is strictly a function of
whether the cursor is in a Windows area or a Mac area, without andy
clicking on anything. Amazing.