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Disabling Desktop Visual Effects in Linux virtual machines

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Symptoms

When entering Coherence mode in Linux virtual machines, you might be asked to disable display visual effects in the virtual machine to ensure its proper performance.

Resolution

The resolution is to disable Desktop Visual Effects in Gnome 3 Linux VMs and install KDE packages in those guest OSes which don't allow disabling Desktop Visual Effects (e.g Fedora 18 or later, Debian 8):

  • In Ubuntu 10.10 (or older), open System > Preferences > Appearance, and configure the Visual Effects settings.

  • In Ubuntu 11.04 (and later versions), log in to the operating system using the Ubuntu Classic mode that has no visual effects.

  • In Ubuntu 14.04, install gnome-session-flashback package from the Ubuntu Software Center

    Log out, click on the Ubuntu icon next to your login name and choose GNOME Flashback from the list.

  • In Fedora 9 - 14, configure the system settings using System > Preferences > Desktop Effects.

  • In Fedora 15 (and later), open Activities > Applications > System Tools > System Settings > Details > Graphics and turn on Forcing Fallback Mode.

  • In Fedora 19 and later, install KDE packages:

    sudo yum install @kde-desktop
    

    enter the password

    Switch to the KDE Session from the Start Screen: select the user name and select one of available KDE Desktops from the Session drop-down list.

    After you have switched to the KDE shell you should disable Visual Effects: Settings > System Settings > Desktop Effects > uncheck Enable desktop effects at startup, click Apply.

  • In Linux Mint Cinnamon 15 and later, install KDE packages.

    sudo apt-get install kde-full
    

    switch to the KDE session from the Linux Mint Start Screen.

    After you have switched to the KDE shell you should disable Visual Effects: Settings > System Settings > Desktop Effects > uncheck Enable desktop effects at startup, click Apply.

  • in OpenSuse 13.1, install KDE packages:

    Go to YaST > Software Management. Click on the view button and select Patterns. Then click on KDE4 Desktop Environment and KDE4 Base System, then click accept.

    After installation is complete, reboot the OpenSuse virtual machine and switch to the KDE session

    After you have switched to the KDE shell you should disable Visual Effects: Settings > System Settings > Desktop Effects > uncheck Enable desktop effects at startup, click Apply.

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