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Re: [Qemu-discuss] Migrating Windows XP vm from VirtualBox to Qemu/KVM

From: Chloride Cull
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] Migrating Windows XP vm from VirtualBox to Qemu/KVM
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2013 02:41:36 +0100
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Since it's a 32-bit VM, have you tried launching it with
'qemu-system-i386' instead?

On 2013-11-24 00:48, Sebastian Arcus wrote:
> I am trying to migrate a Windows XP (32bit) vm from VirtualBox to Qemu.
> There are a number of guides on the internet for migrating vms from
> VirtualBox to Qemu/KVM, so I've done the following:
> 1. I've treated this as a motherboard change, as I assume the components
> available in Qemu don't match exactly the ones in VirtualBox. I followed
> the steps described here:
> http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2007/09/how-to-install-a-new-motherboard-without-reinstalling-windows/
> to make my vm hardware agnostic and remove manufacturer specific drivers.
> 2. I have used VirtualBox to convert the hard-drive image from vdi to
> raw (although, if I understand correctly, I could have run the vdi image
> directly in qemu nowadays).
> 3. I've tried to start the image with a simple command, such as:
>     qemu-system-x86_64 -drive file=xp_home_sp3.img,if=ide,index=0
> All I get is sometimes nothing in the vm window, and sometimes the
> following text (exactly as it appears - which looks like it has frozen
> before displaying the entire line):
> SeaBIOS (version rel-1.7.3-0-gc02c219-20130724_153_
> I've also tried to start the vdi image, with the same results.
> I should mention the following, in case it is relevant:
> a. The image used to run on a different computer in VirtualBox, on a
> 32bit Linux host, with a 32bit CPU (Intel U2500).
> b. The qemu/kvm install is on a Linux 64bit host, with an Intel Core
> i3-3227U cpu.
> c. The Windows XP vm used to use an ide controller in VirtualBox.
> Any hints as to what am I doing wrong? I've googled around, but all I
> stumble over is straight forward guides, nothing more specific to my
> situation. I'm inclined to think that it isn't the XP installation
> itself that is the problem, as I don't even get to see a Windows XP logo
> or any blue screen of death etc. Maybe I need to set different cpu
> parameters, or some other hardware parameters in the vm?
> Any suggestions appreciated.

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