Well, it seems that my problem isn’t with the new version of Parallels Desktop, but with the VM image that I have upgraded, several times. A little background: my Windows XP is a licensed copy originally purchased with Virtual PC back in the PowerPC days of Mac. I imported this image into Parallels in version 2 and I have been using it in subsequent releases of the 3.0 product line without problems. It seems that the strange mouse and driver problems that I was expericing in the VM are releated to the source of my image – Virtual PC. I don’t know many specifics, but importing my VM using Parallel’s Transporter seems to have fixed the funkiness and solved my issues with drivers failing to install. I found this solution and a thread of other users expericing the same problems on the Parallels forums. Thanks to those users to contributed to this threat!
Parallels Desktop 4.0 – problems solved (maybe)
written by Philip Sellers
Phil is a Solutions Architect at XenTegra, based in Charlotte, NC, with over 20 years of industry experience. He loves solving complex, technology problems by breaking down the impossible into tangible achievements - and by thinking two or three steps ahead of where we are today. He has spent most of my career as an infrastructure technologist in hands-on roles, even while serving as a leader. His perspective is one of servant leadership, working with his team to build something greater collectively. Having been lucky to have many opportunities and doorways opened during his career - Phil has a diverse background as a programmer, a writer, an analyst all while staying grounded in infrastructure technology.