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December, 2004

  • Ben Armstrong

    Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 4)

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    Well we are at the final post in my series on migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine. If all other steps have failed the last thing to check is the HAL that is being used by the operating system. The HAL is the 'Hardware Abstraction Layer...
  • Ben Armstrong

    BeOS v5 under Virtual PC 2004

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    When I first started working at Connectix, one of my favorite past times was to tease the CTO, Eric Traut, about the fact that BeOS did not work under Virtual PC. Eric is a bit of a perfectionist, and liked BeOS, so it bothered him that it did not work...
  • Ben Armstrong

    I'm number 1! :-)

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    Well my father just emailed me to let me know that if you Google for 'Ben Armstrong' this blog is the first on the list ( http://www.google.com/search?q=ben+armstrong ). Woo Hoo!
  • Ben Armstrong

    Why does DOS use 100% CPU under Virtual PC?

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    From time to time someone notices that when they run DOS under Virtual PC it uses 100% of the host CPU to do absolutely nothing, and wonder why this is the case. The answer is relatively simple - and it is: 'DOS is never actually doing nothing'. Most...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Does it meet the bar?

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    When the team moved up to Microsoft from Connectix one thing that was quickly evident was that there were a number of 'cultural' differences between the two companies. This was highlighted by the fact that when we started the entire program management...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The Microsoft Archives

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    One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is having access to the Microsoft Archives. It turns out that Microsoft has been quite fastidious about keep record of all product and press releases since the beginning of time. And all of this information...
  • Ben Armstrong

    What do you mean 'The binary is the source'?

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    Yesterday I mentioned a utility that we include in the Virtual Machine Additions for DOS - 'IDLE.COM'. When we came across to Microsoft (from Connectix) we found out that for various technical and legal reasons - Microsoft has strict policies about having...
  • Ben Armstrong

    The Need For Speed - under Virtual PC

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    No, this is not a post about how to speed up performance under Virtual PC. Rather this is a post about how to enjoyably while away your Friday afternoon driving your race car in 'The Need For Speed' under Virtual PC. This is the original game which has...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Why does WINMSD.EXE report that my virtual machine only has 64mb of ram?

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    A couple of people have noticed that if they run WINMSD.EXE on their virtual machine it reports that they have 64mb of ram - irrespective of the amount of ram that they actually have assigned to the virtual machine. The reason for this discrepancy is...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Gaming Friday: 'Raptor: Call of the Shadows'

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    In case no one has noticed - when Friday comes around - my main interest in Virtual PC is just to kick back and play a couple of games. Today I felt like playing 'Raptor: Call of the Shadows' - this was a classic vertical scrolling fighter plane game...
  • Ben Armstrong

    http://vpc.visualwin.com rocks!

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    'What Works and What Doesn't in Microsoft Virtual PC 2004' ( http://vpc.visualwin.com/ ) is a great website that is maintained by Jonathan Maltz. It lists all reported operating systems that people have tried under Virtual PC. At this stage there are...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Duke Nukem 3D under Virtual PC 2004

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    Duke Nukem 3D is one of the classic 3D shooter games - and is the game that most people think of when they hear 'Duke Nukem'. I can personally remember getting together with friends at LAN parties and playing Duke Nukem 3D marathons - where the first...
  • Ben Armstrong

    A Very Merry Virtual Server, umm Christmas

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    Well - my kids are both finally asleep - and 'Santa' has been to put presents in their stockings - so I have a little time to relax before heading to bed early (as I know that my children will wake up *Very* early). So what better to do than to post to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    OS/2 Warp 3 under Virtual PC 2004

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    Before I get going - I should warn you that this is going to be a big post. Today I am going to talk about getting OS/2 Warp 3 running under Virtual PC. Specifically - I am going to talk about OS/2 Warp 3 Red and Blue. You see - there are actually three...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Duke Nukem II under Virtual PC

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    Following Duke Nukem ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/03/274205.aspx ) - Duke Nukem II was a huge step forward in the Duke Nukem series. It provided native VGA support, parallax levels and sound blaster support. And just like the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Duke Nukem under Virtual PC / Virtual Server (non-3D)

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    When most people hear the words 'Duke Nukem' they thing of a 3D shooting game (and a darned good one too). However I think of old school platform gaming. Long before Duke Nukem 3D - Duke Nukem first appeared in an Apogee platform game. It had the classic...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Tips for migrating a physical computer to a virtual machine (part 3)

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    Returning to the series on how to migrate a physical computer to a virtual machine ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/11/30.aspx ) the next step in our journey is - what to do when you can't even boot the virtual machine into safe mode...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Installing OS/2 Warp 3 Connect under Virtual PC 2004

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    The other day I explained how to install OS/2 Warp 3 red and blue under Virtual PC 2004 ( http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/07.aspx ). OS/2 Warp 3 connect is very similar to OS/2 Warp 3 Blue edition - however it also has support for...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Cool information about clustering on Virtual Server

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    With Virtual Server 2005 we added the ability to cluster two virtual machines over a shared SCSI bus. If you are like me - your response to this is 'Cool - I can setup a cluster and play around with it all on one computer... Shame I don't know how to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Please don't use /3GB - okay?

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    Every now and then someone will report that they are having problems launching more than 10 or so virtual machines under Virtual Server. Inevitably it turns out that they have enabled the /3GB boot option ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp...
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