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Cannot create/launch Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Virtual Machine on MacMini 5,2

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

OS X Mountain Lion Virtual Machine installation hangs at grey screen with the Apple logo on MacMini5,2

OS X Mountain Lion Virtual Machine hangs with black screen on booting on MacMini5,2 after being copied from another Mac.

Resolution

  1. Start Parallels Desktop
  2. Go to Parallels Desktop menu -> File -> New
  3. In Parallels Wizard choose 'Install OS X Mountain Lion Using the Recovery Partition'. Proceed with Virtual Machine creation.
  4. When the Virtual Machine hangs on spinning wheel, please stop the virtual machine.
  5. Open the Virtual Machine Configuration -> Hardware -> Boot Order.
  6. In the 'Boot flags:' field please type:

    devices.mac_hw_model="Macmini5,1"
    
  7. Close Virtual Machine configuration window, and start the Virtual Machine. Proceed with Virtual Machine creation.

  8. Once the Virtual Machine is created, please install Parallels Tools in the Virtual Machine.




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