Is QEMU working/reliable under ....

Roland Smith rsmith at
Wed Jan 28 07:15:56 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 07:18:06PM -0600, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> On 01/27/15 15:04, Roland Smith wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:08:58AM -0600, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> >>
> >> .... FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE-p5, qemu-0.11.1_18, kqemu-kmod-1.3.0.p11_12 ? I
> >> have tried w/ kqemu loaded & unloaded (recommended online), w/
> >> -nographic, w/ -vga std, etc. No love. All I want to do is run a WinXP
> >> 32bit VM &/or a 64-bit Win7 VM from my desktop (xfce-4.10_7, xorg-7.7_1,
> >> xf86-video-vesa-2.3.3_5) :-/ .... Several online sites imply that it
> >> works OK, 1 specifically w/ FreeBSD 9 no less. Any clues appreciated,
> >> any more info gladly provided ....
> > This version is *ancient*. I would suggest trying qemu-devel instead, because
> > that provides qemu-2.2.0. Last time I tried it 0.11 with or without qkemu
> > crashed a lot.
> >
> > According to the website, qemu version 0.11 and up do not support kqemu
> > anymore (see, so you don't need that anymore.
> >
> > In time (and if your processor is new enough to have “extended page tables”) I
> > guess qemu on FreeBSD could be replaced by the bhyve hypervisor that is now in
> > 10.x and is being developed further in HEAD. Currently bhyve can load FreeBSD,
> > OpenBSD, NetBSD and Linux guests. Support to run windoze as a guest will come
> > in the future.
> >
> > Roland
> OK, I have qemu-devel compiled & installed, kqemu unloaded from the 
> kernel, & (hopefully) a build of a VM underway, command-line: qemu 
> -cdrom ../../../ISOs/winxp.iso -hda HDD.img -m 256 -boot d -cpu athlon  
> -vga std  -nographic -no-acpi -localtime, w/ qemu softlinked to 
> qemu-system-x86_64 in /usr/local/bin. How long is this expected to take 
> :-) ? TIA & thx for everything so far ....

If you are using a 64-bit build of XP the GUI should come up pretty fast.
Installing XP will seem to take ages. :-) Trying to run a 32-bit XP on a
64-bit emulator won't work at all, IIRC. I think it won't even boot.

Depending on which windows programs you need to run, there is a pre-built
32-bit Wine for AMD64 available in ports. That might run them faster because
it's not a VM.

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