How to optimize Parallels so it's not such a memory hog?
I recently upgraded to a Mac Pro, mostly so I could run Parallels to test websites in Windoze and Linux. My machine came with 1 GB of RAM and after running Parallels it made my machine extremely slow. I upgraded to 3 GBs of RAM and set the amount of memory that Parallels could use to 176, which was the maximum they recommend.
My machine isn't terribly slow anymore but after looking at the System Monitor in OS X it's using 8% of the CPU and 2.19 GBs of RAM. This was after I just launched Windows and opened Firefox.
Does anyone know how I can optimize it so it doesn't use up so much of my CPU/RAM?
Mac Pro 2 GHz Quad Xeon, 15 GB RAM, Two 2 TB drives & 60 GB SSD
MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD