Macbook Pro + Hyper-V = Issues

Ben SteginkUncategorizedLeave a Comment

So, recently I decided to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on my MBP (late 2010 model) rather than using Mac OS with VMWare Fusion.  I won’t go into all the details around this decision, however I did encounter one big surprise.  This one being a nightmare with Hyper-V.  I liked the idea of being able to run Hyper-V for VM’s on my MBP, specifically Windows XP for using VPN with some clients.  Also, I could easily manage and connect to my Hyper-V server running at home.

After getting everything all set and spinning up Hyper-V with a Windows XP VM, my laptop was dog slow!! I have an SSD hard drive, 8 GB of RAM and a dual core proc…no way everything should be this slow.  My video was also doing REALLY weird things, this I chalked up to the fact that I was using my laptop display and two external monitors (making use of the display port as well as an external USB video card).

So, what did I do? Some searching for what could be the issue.  I started seeing some posts about issues with Hyper-V and certain nVidia video cards in laptops causing weird behavior with Hyper-V.  Hm….slow computer and video issues??  So, I uninstalled the Hyper-V role and success!! My laptop runs much smoother AND, as a bonus, my video now is much better.  I went back to VMWare and am now using Workstation 8 on my MBP with very good success and just using the Hyper-V management tools to connect to my server without any issues.