Anhaedra asked me this, thought I'd post here in case anyone else needs this:
how did you get morrowind to run in parallels? Whenever I try to play it, it crashes as soon as I go into the first building after getting off the boat...
It's been a while now.
Try turning *off* support for DX9 shaders in Parallels VM.
I used the FPS Optimizer to set resolution to 1440x900, and a few other options. It really helped.:
You can try using Morrowind Graphic Extender to change resolution and improve details, but I never used this.:
(might need DX9 back on for that).
Read this, and get some of the "essential" mods:
I loved Better Bodies, Better Heads, some of the official plug ins, and *absolutely* Galsiah's Character Development, which overhauls the levelling process to something I find much nicer:
There's a ton of great mods out there too that add nicely to the game without altering the balance too much.