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Parallels Tip

I’ve been using Parallels on a MacBook Pro for quite a while so when I tried to set up a new Parallels VM for Windows earlier this evening I was surprised that my first attempt (and a couple of retries) failed spectacularly. It would load up, get to the point of running Windows Setup and then BSOD. Then I realized that this was the first time I had set up a Parallels VM from scratch under Leopard on this laptop. Fortunately I found this blog post. The BSOD has something to do with CD/DVD drive access on newer MacBooks/MacBook Pros. Ripping the install CD to a DMG and then using that to install Windows in a new VM worked flawlessly.

Note: in the middle of this frustration, I considered switching to VMWare Fusion. I had played with it a while ago but haven’t used the latest release. Parallels is working fine now but I think I’m going to give Fusion another look.

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