5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 28, 2006 8:39 PM by infinite vortex
lifelongmacuser Level 1 (50 points)
Just a curiousity - nothing big.

In OSX, I can use the eject button on the keyboard to both eject and re-insert the CD tray. In Windows, I can only use it to eject, but then have to manually push the tray back in. Any way to fix this? I just don't like pushing drives back in if I don't have to - I guess I figure me forcing them in is harder on them - I don't know.

Any help is appreciated...

Mac Pro 2.66
  • infinite vortex Level 7 (21,400 points)
    I get the same thing. Unfortunately a fix will require a driver update from Apple. Unfortunately it's only us Mac Pro users that have this problem as all other Macs have slot loading optical drives.
  • lifelongmacuser Level 1 (50 points)
    Yes, it would have been nice to have a slot-loading version, but all the same...

    I have been SUPER impressed with this machine. The only problems I have had have been with Windows (which I expected), but I can't tell you how liberating it is, after a life time of using Macs (note my chosen screen name) - to just walk into any old computer store and feel free to purchase any old software - WOW.

    I like showing the dual-boot thing off to my computer-nerd friends. It is pretty darn neat to have a blazing-fast Windows machine AND a blazing-fast Mac in the same box - I'll put up with the CD tray thing for this...
  • infinite vortex Level 7 (21,400 points)
    I like showing the dual-boot thing off to my computer-nerd friends.

    What's even more fun is to watch the jaw drops when they see the full screen switching in Parallels. Now… if I only had a 2nd display to have it running all the time.
  • lifelongmacuser Level 1 (50 points)
    I have a question about Parallels, and you seem to be quite knowledgable -

    I have been doing the dual-boot thing because my main interest in Windows at this point is playing some of the games I haven't been able to play (like Serious Sam, etc).

    Is Parallels still a step removed? I know it isn't software emulation, but it is still a "virtual machine" - does that mean it runs slower than when I boot into Windows? Or could I play the games in Parallels as well?

    Thanks, Ned
  • infinite vortex Level 7 (21,400 points)
    It really depends on what you're trying to do. The performance of Parallels can vary from the blindingly fast for things like Microsoft Office etc to horrid for things like 3D games.

    For processor activities parallels does have direct hardware access through Intel's VT-x technology. Having said that, it doesn't have direct access to other hardware such as the graphics processor and network adapters so there is a layer of "emulation" (for the lack of a better work) in the middle there.

    There are some games that will work respectably as long as they don't require GPU processing. If you have the games why don't you download a copy of Parallels, get yourself a trail key and just have a play with it.