I am a new user of Ubuntu. I installed 12.04 on my MBP. But I cannot install Parallels tools. I tried to follow every process that I found here. Can anyone please help me? Nayan

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    Please add more information to your question, specifically what error you are getting. – Jorge Castro May 1 '12 at 19:30

You have to have user root's privileges to install the Parallels Tools. i.e. use sudo.

After I upgraded to Parallels 7 Desktop on my Mac I needed to install the Parallels Tools.

First of all, on the Mac, Parallels Desktop >> Virtual Machine >> (Re)Install Parallels Tools will cause the Parallels Tools virtual install disk to be mounted at /media/Parallels\ Tools/ so ...

Here's what I did in an Ubuntu Terminal session:

parallels@ubuntu:~$ cd /media/Parallels\ Tools/  
parallels@ubuntu:~$ sudo ./install # enter your password when asked

and followed the on-screen instructions. Some of the steps take some time, but, when successful, you see a congrats message.

  • If, after upgrading Ubuntu to 12.04 you get an error at reboot complaining that Ubuntu cannot mount /media/psf, choose to skip mounting psf; then invoke the install script as in the answer above,, but choose to remove Parallels Tools. Then, when Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop reboots correctly, (re)-install Parallels Tools. – iainH May 10 '12 at 23:48
  • The Parallels Troubleshooting help also suggests turning off 3D Acceleration in the Parallels Desktop >> Virtual Machine >> Hardware settings. – iainH May 11 '12 at 0:55
  • @Nayan Don't forget to accept this as the correct answer if it helped; you can do that by clicking the image of an outlined tick to the left of the answer :) – iainH May 14 '12 at 11:31

you may have suspicion that it may have updated you, especially if you use an older version, as I do. You can check by going into the terminal, and entering

cat /etc/lsb-release

The result should be something similar to mine, which looks like this:





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