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

From: Sebastian Arcus
Subject: Re: [Qemu-discuss] Migrating Windows XP vm from VirtualBox to Qemu/KVM
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:57:47 +0000
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On 24/11/13 01:41, Chloride Cull wrote:
Since it's a 32-bit VM, have you tried launching it with
'qemu-system-i386' instead?
I did. I get pretty much the same thing (just a little bit more characters on the "SeaBios ..." line). If I remember correctly thought, it shouldn't matter, as 64bit cpu's are supposed to be backwards compatible with x86.

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:
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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