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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Parallels 2.1 beta 5

….will no longer boot OPENSTEP successfully, as far as I can tell.  At least, OS4.2 hangs out, in trying to load the VBE driver.  Reverting to Beta 4 works though.

If anyone has different experiences with Beta 5, could they comment here?

posted by Graham Lee at 15:26  


  1. Hm – haven’t downloaded 5 yet.

    I can report that you can boot an OpenStep image that lives on a Shuffle, however.

    Not actually surprising, just amusing to someone who once bought a giant 5.25″ full-height 1gig drive for his NeXT Cube.

    Comment by Anonymous — 2006-04-26 @ 15:44

  2. Jon: Now we just need a black magnesium case for your Shuffle and we can pretend it’s a NeXTStation Nano, or something :-). Hmm…I wonder whether I could take one of the spare b0rken slabs I’ve got and hack a Mac Mini into it…

    Comment by Graham Lee — 2006-04-26 @ 17:35

  3. It is actually working, it jsut takes several minutes to finally start up, the video driver is not longer working and you are limited to VGA resolution, Alan

    Comment by Anonymous — 2006-04-26 @ 20:49

  4. I looked on the Parallels support forum and they said they’re working on it.

    I usually use OPENSTEP on my Dimension Cube, but it’s a tad quicker on the MacBook Pro.

    Comment by Anonymous — 2006-04-28 @ 16:48

  5. Parallels Release Candidate One is out and OpenStep is running again, you can now use custom screen resultions, I have mine at 1280 x 800

    Comment by Anonymous — 2006-05-19 @ 18:23

  6. On RC1, I can’t get past the “Reading OPENSTEP configuration” text if I just let it boot, and it hangs if I specify “VBE Check”=Yes.

    It’s using 100% of a processor, though, while it’s hung up.

    Comment by Anonymous — 2006-05-19 @ 22:48

  7. RC1 is running fine here on my mini duo.
    I did a fresh install – no upgrade.

    VESA driver is great (up to 1920×1200), however networking is not running with anything I tried. Even not with the NE2000.

    Settings anyone?

    Comment by Robert — 2006-05-20 @ 12:01

  8. Yup, just installed the RC and it works, yeah parallels !

    The VESA mode I used with beta4 doesn’t work (1200×800) but I changed it to 1680×1050 and that works… hmmm so shiny… ;-)

    Comment by Nicolas — 2006-05-29 @ 02:54

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