Forget Virtual PC - Hello Qemu!

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  1. nsheikh80 macrumors regular

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    Just wanted to let you guys know about my experience with a great new app called Qemu .

    It is a great x86 emulator and allows you to run Windows and Linux apps within Mac OS X, just like M$ Virtual PC. I have installed Win XP and a few Linux Distros, it has completely relapced Virtual PC for me. Here is the best bit...IT IS FREE!!!

    I can do everything on Win XP that I used to do during my Windoze days; even Google Earth seems to run pretty well.

    You can download the Mac OS X version of QEMU Qemu. You then need to download the GUI for Qemu called Qemux from here.

    To make life easier I would suggest to just download Qemux and it will automatically install Qemu, making the whole process much more simple.

    Enjoy and let me know about your experiences.
     
  2. witness macrumors 6502

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    Qemu is several times slower than Virtual PC. I tried it and several variants, but I found it unusable.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    The only problem I have with VPC is the speed and the only thing that would get me to change apps would be a speed increase.

    Sorry, not biting.
     
  4. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have never used previous versions of Qemu so I can't really comment but I have heard a lot of people say the latest version 0.7.1 is better than previous.

    I suppose its a good alternative for those that need to run 1 or 2 apps in M$ but don't need full blown functionality.
     
  5. witness macrumors 6502

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    Q has a much nicer interface than QemuX. If you really want to put up with Qemu, you might want to try it.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    So is Qemu underlying code for imitating different processors and QemuX/Q are different skins (or interfaces) for this code?
     
  7. witness macrumors 6502

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    Qemu is the engine, it will manage the rendering of the guest computer, but it doesn't have a GUI for managing virtual computers, you have to use the terminal. QemuX and Q are GUI's for the management features of Qemu.

    Q is more tightly integrated with Qemu than QemuX, it is compiled together with Qemu while QemuX is just installed along side and uses terminal commands to control Qemu.

    (This is my understanding; it may not be 100% accurate)
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks for clearing that up witness. :)

    If I already have VPC 6, is there any point in transferring to Qemu?
     
  9. witness macrumors 6502

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    The short answer is no.

    I had more reliable networking with Qemu before VPC issued a patch for Tiger, but VPC is much faster. The only other issue is that some software doesn't work on VPC (Microsoft have a buggy x86 implementation), but if you don't have this problem then there's no point in trying anything else, unless you want to do it just for fun :)
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, thanks. And from what I've read, Qemu is unsupported on G5s anyway. :(
     
  11. witness macrumors 6502

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    I don't have a G5, so I don't know, but I understand that it should work on a G5, but it won't emulate one. But it should work fine if you want to emulate an x86 CPU.

    http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/status.html
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, thanks. I've lost the site now but I read somewhere that it definitely wont emulate one but it may run on them (emulating x86, as you said) but it is unsupported and probably buggy.
     
  13. joey4127 macrumors 6502

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    I just installed Qemu and QemuX. I installed Windows XP pro onto it, opened Qemu, tried running it, but got this error:

    Boot from Hard Disk 0 failed
    FATAL: Not a bootable disk
     
  14. witness macrumors 6502

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    You might have more luck with Q, it should be able to boot from the same drive file that you created with QemuX.
     
  15. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm sure there is no reason but I would appreciate you checking it out and letting us know what the actual speed difference is, provided you can get it working on a G5 :eek:
     
  16. El Phantasmo macrumors member

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    will Q work well enough for me to test websites on PC browsers under WinXP on my iMac G5?
     
  17. nsheikh80 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have been surfing the WWW through Qemux with no problems.
     
  18. 36183 Guest

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    has anyone tired guest pc here?
    if so is that any faster than virtual pc?
     

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