A New Build Of Parallels Desktop For Mac Hits The Streets…. And Causes Me Grief For An Hour….

A new build of Parallels Desktop 4.0 is now available for users to download. The release notes are here, but here are the key highlights:

  • Improved 3D graphics in Windows virtual machines.
  • Problems with Palm synchronization in Windows virtual machines – fixed.
  • Random disconnection of USB 1.1 devices in Linux virtual machines – fixed.
  • Invisibility of the text mouse pointer on black background in Windows virtual machines – fixed.
  • Problems with SMB shares in native Windows Boot Camp installations that have Parallels Tools installed – fixed.
  • Problems with Shared Networking on Snow Leopard host computers – fixed.

Strangely, it didn’t show up in the updating utility that is part of the application. I only tripped over it by accident yesterday. But that didn’t matter to me as I normally download the full installer and then I normally do a uninstall and reinstall of the software. Usually that avoids issues, but this time I ran into this issue that others have posted about on the Parallels message boards.  I didn’t use any of their suggestions to solve it. I instead followed this Parallels knowledgebase document to solve the problem. Once I got past that, I was able to update my VM’s and go to town.

Overall it doesn’t “feel” faster, but I haven’t had the chance to really push it yet. That’s something I plan on doing tonight. If you’ve tried this build, leave a comment with your impressions.

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