Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)
Thre was an issue a year or two back with some component of Parallels that had to run all the time in the background after you updated to 10.6.8. The unwanted side effect was that it caused the Dock to take all the processor cycles and a Mac notebook battery that would do 6-7 hours runtime without Parallels but would drop form 1.5-3 hours with Parallels.
Parallels put out a patch that fixed this and I thought it was a dead issue:
As it seemed limited to 10.6.8, I didn't expect to hear about in in later OS versions. However, the symptoms you describe match the old problem exactly except that the Dock was the process eater. Do you have Activity Monitor's "Show" window changed from its default of "My Processes" to "All Processes?iMac 27-in; Mid 2010 2.93G i7 Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 4GB RAM; ATI5750 1G VRAM
Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 8:13 AM (in response to Allan Jones)
hi allan. many thanks for the nice reply.
apologies for the slightly off topic post. i wonder if mac would entertain a request for a set of VM forums...
anyway, my understanding of my issue at the time was that it was a specific process prl_vm that was at issue and i never really heard of a specific fix for it. fan would run very loud and computer would heat up terribly.
my problem these days is that i installed paralells upon buying the computer and the computer has never gotten more than 1 1/2 - 2 hours doing anything. if i sat it on my desk with no software and no startup items it would last 3 - 3.5 hours. and being a new mac user i used to go in and they would give me the run around about various things i should check.
also, the loud fan and the heat issue means that i am loath to run anything even moderately computational intensive on this particular machine.
it was really quite time-consuming and quite frustrating. i never even went from the office in the spare bedroom to the couch without my power cord.
anyway, since i am on snow leopard on the mac and V8 (i think) on parallels i would have to guess that barring input to the contrary this is /not/ a parallels issue...?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2012 8:27 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)
I had the Parallels article linked so had not reread it in a while. After posting I looked at it again today and there are some new steps at the bottom that might apply to newer versions of Parallels. It involves turning off the "Show Windows Applicaiton Folder in Dock" option.
If something is eating processor cycles, it will also run up the temps.. Have you searched Parallels support for mention of the process that's hogging you system?
i wonder if mac would entertain a request for a set of VM forums...
Likely not, as Apple does not make any VM products and have a tendency not to support other companies goodies. However, I'm pretty sure that the forums for the various VM cmpanies would be more focused and helpful in the long run.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 14, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)
hotwheels 22 wrote:
...i wonder if mac would entertain a request for a set of VM forums...
MacRumors would be a good home for a generic set of VM threads that cover multiple VM applications questions: