Mavericks crashes when using Skype and sharing a Parallels VM screen

This *may not* be Parallels fault, although due to the error message I get afterwards, I get to blame Parallels for it (I really think it’s the latest Mavericks Release, as it didn’t happen before this).

  1. Open Skype
  2. Start non-video call with another user.
  3. Share screen that is hosting a parallels VM
  4. Wait a few minutes
  5. OS crashes back to login.

On Login (nothing has started up yet), I get the following error from Parallels:

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That’s funny, since I check Parallels and it says “Up to date”.

I’m running Mavericks version 10.9.3.

 

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Parallels – Daily Annoyance – Window doesn’t show up on Desktop unless I hit Ctrl+Up

Yesterday, I made a ‘threat’ on twitter:

Today, I’m following through. I love Parallels. I’ve purchased it twice for myself, and had it purchased for me by a business entity at least twice. It let’s me have the best of both worlds: The usability and stability of a Mac, combined with the “I can’t get away from Windows Development”-ness of Windows.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, however.

Parallels gives me pet peeves, but sometimes they turn into George Carlin Pet Peeves. I really have had enough of them. So every day, I’ll post that day’s Parallels bug.

This morning I brought my MBPr out of sleep mode. I had shut down Parallels the night before (it gets really cranky with multiple monitors if you don’t shut it down before connecting it to different monitors), and I boot it up.

If I hit Ctrl+Up, I can see it ‘supposedly’ on that desktop:

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 7.33.14 AM (3)

But when I hit Ctrl+Up again? No where to be seen:

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 7.33.43 AM (3)

The only way to fix it? Click “Window” and “Zoom”.