Trying to CryptoMine on Parallels Desktop with Apple M1 MacBook Air! Will it work?

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Trying to CryptoMine on Parallels Desktop with Apple M1 MacBook Air! Will it work?

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Installed Parallels 16 ARM technical preview and Windows 10 and Windows 10 Professional ARM Preview Build. Installed NiceHash latest build. Unfortunately, no devices detected by NiceHash on launch - likely because ARM isn't supported officially on any miners that NiceHash otherwise supports. Parallels Desktop still does not report a separate GPU in task manager. Finally, you can see my Parallels Desktop Hardware settings in the video. For details, see below.

System:
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Chip: Apple M1 (8-Core CPU)
Memory: 16 GB
GPU: Apple M1 (8-Core GPU Model)
OS: Big Sur 11.2.3

Parallels Desktop:
Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac
16.3.2 (50532) Technical Preview for ARM
Processors: 8
Ram: 8 G
Graphics: Auto

Windows OS:
Windows 10 Professional ARM Preview Build 21286.rs_prerelease.201218-1418
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Re: Trying to CryptoMine on Parallels Desktop with Apple M1 MacBook Air! Will it work?

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parallels Desktop released 16.5 version with total support M1 (ARM )
and now possible it will be works as well
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please your attention
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SoiSoi wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 10:34 am please your attention
Hi I doubt that will make much difference but I'll try getting around to a new video in coming weeks.

Edit: We did update to the latest version of Parallels Desktop that fully supports macOS ARM, but it doesn't recognize a video card as a separate device in Windows, still. This may never be supported (never has been yet for Parallels), but you can use a CPU miner if you wish, however I don't see you maximizing earnings this way. We'll need to wait to see how ARM evolves. Also, it may become possible to install Windows OS ARM on an Apple device thus unlocking miner software potential.
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What we'll really need is for some Metal-based mining software.

Apple *seems* to be headed down a path of their own GPUs, so I'm kind of doubting we'll see future support for AMD outside of the Mac Pro (until they transition that to Apple Silicon), and my understanding is Apple purposely didn't integrate the hardware tech necessary to directly support eGPUs in virtualization which would be needed for Parallels, etc. to see/detect the GPU. (Parallels, etc. do GPU virtualization.) My understanding is that this (Apple's decision) has something to do with security and the T2, etc.

But, the coming Apple Silicon GPUs seem like they will be competitive with AMD/Nvidia, *if* we get the software written to Metal (vs OpenGL/CL, DirectX, etc.). I really hope some maker of mining software creates a Metal version. I don't know what is involved, but that would really open things up for Mac users.
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