Help needed with nvidia works with Parallels Desktop 9 in MS Windows 8.1
November 13, 2013 9:23 AM   Subscribe

I have an Apple MacBook Pro Retina display with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M I use Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac and I installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with success, however windows does not recognize that I have nvidia installed in my system. My question is: How to let Parallels Desktop 9 to enable NVIDIA work in windows 8.1 pro? If it does not support it, what other tools or software to make nvidia work in windows 8.1 pro? Thank you.
posted by omaralareefi to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What are you trying to do?

Because while Parallels 9 supports "3d acceleration" for the windows desktop, if you're trying to game, you're waaaaaay better off bootcamping your mac.
posted by Oktober at 9:29 AM on November 13, 2013

That's not how Parallels works. It puts its own set of drivers into Windows, to receive the calls. Parallels then rearranges those requests to render on the Mac.

As Oktober says - if it matters that you aren't driving the video card directly, you need to use Boot Camp to boot directly into Windows.
posted by wotsac at 9:40 AM on November 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

Did Windows install a generic video adapter driver? Can you try running nVidia's hardware detection tool? (Site attempts to run a Java application--- which may be what you want, but not what everybody wants)
posted by Sunburnt at 11:42 AM on November 13, 2013

Response by poster: To Sunburnt:
The detection tool by nvidia could not detect it.
posted by omaralareefi at 3:25 PM on November 13, 2013

Response by poster: To oktober & wotsac,
Thank you for your information.
posted by omaralareefi at 3:27 PM on November 13, 2013

Response by poster: To odinsdream,
I will try the steps you have recommended. I will let you know if the method work.
Thank you.
posted by omaralareefi at 3:30 PM on November 13, 2013

Your video card doesn't work in Parallels because Parallels is simulating a generic video card instead. There isn't really any way to work around this unless Parallels supports it directly (I know VirtualBox has experimental 3D support, but it's flaky as hell in my experience. Don't know about Parallels).

Your best bet is to either use Bootcamp or a Windows emulator like CrossOver. I use CrossOver to run Windows games on my Mac and it works surprisingly well (sometimes).
posted by neckro23 at 6:32 PM on November 14, 2013

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