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Working Windows 95 Port for Android
We have seen many ports of different kinds to all of our Windows Mobile devices, but what about porting a different OS to Android? XDA member and legend mamaich has brought us two emulators for Android devices, which will allow Android users to boot Windows 95. Both QEMU and BOSCH are widely popular amongst the people who know how to use them, as they have been used in other projects to run different Windows versions in other devices.
While the project runs smoothly, there are improvements to be made. Unfortunately, mamaich mentioned that he will not continue development of these ports. However, he has shared all the sources and knowledge required for anyone with the right skills to pick up where he left off. Among the many requirements, a device with plenty of RAM and at least a VGA screen are required.
BOCHS is too slow to be useable, but very stable.
QEMU is really fast – but buggy. SB16 emulation is working, but no MIDI music. FPU emulation is incorrect/incomplete, so it may cause some programs not to run or behave strangely. Network is not working. Keyboard/mouse emulation is far from perfect.
Windows 9x would work in QEMU if you’ll disable 32-bit disk drivers in it. This is a bug in Android (pread/pwrite functions are not working). Windows 9x speed is really fast.
This QEMU build is based on 0.9.1, newer versions have bugs in ARM TCG and can’t boot Windows or similar OS.
I would not continue working on these 2 projects. If anyone is interested – I’ll provide all sources and some information on building. Knowledge of C++, ARM and x86 asm is required.
You can find more information in the port thread.
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