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Bochs for the Sony PSP

How to run:

1) Make a new directory under the PSP/GAME directory (e.g X:\PSP\GAME\BOCHS\) and copy the EBOOT.PBP file to it.
2) Create a directory named VM under the root of the memory stick (e.g X:\VM\).
3) Copy a Bochs configuration file to the VM directory and name it "bochsrc.bxrc" (a must).
4) Copy the bochs BIOS and your image files anywhere on the memory stick.
5) Edit the Bochs configuration file to point to your files. Use the "ms0:/" prefix as the root of the memory stick (e.g ms0:/VM/windows.img).
6) Run Bochs and enjoy.

Further details can be found at http://www.hacker.co.il/psp/bochs/

Bochs (pronounced "box") is a portable x86 and x86-64 IBM PC compatible emulator and debugger mostly written in C++ and distributed as free software under the GNU Lesser General Public License. It supports emulation of the processor(s) (including protected mode), memory, disks, display, Ethernet, BIOS and common hardware peripherals of PCs.

Many guest operating systems can be run using the emulator including DOS, several versions of Microsoft Windows, AmigaOS 4, BSDs, Linux, MorphOS, Xenix and Rhapsody (precursor of Mac OS X). Bochs can run on many host operating systems, like Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, PlayStation 2.

Bochs is mostly used for operating system development (when an emulated operating system crashes, it does not crash the host operating system, so the emulated OS can be debugged) and to run other guest operating systems inside already running host operating systems. It can also be used to run older software – such as PC games – which will not run on non-compatible, or too fast computers.

Windows 95 actually runs quite well but don't expect it to be a speed demon. It takes about 10 minutes to boot but afterwards it's pretty usable. I was able to do things like: open "My computer" and browse the virtual hard drive, complete a whole game of Minesweeper and run various other applications. Now you too can get your Minesweeper fix on the go :)

I've also tested DLX Linux which comes pre-packaged with Bochs and it works just fine. However, I couldn't do much with it because there's no keyboard support. If you want to do your word processing on it then wait until keyboard support is implemented (though I doubt it will be any fun using the joystick).

In windows, mouse handling is extremely difficult. I suspect it has something to do with the "boost" feature windows has. Once you get the mouse moving it will keep moving in that direction even when you're trying to move to a different direction. The solution is to counter the movement by moving to the opposite direction. It's sort of like trying to push the mouse the other way in order to stop it.

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(2 Comments) Latest comment was 5 years ago
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5 years ago
from what i gathered you can run windows 95 with this and linux i have not tested this fully atm but i will mess around with it some more later
Anonymous 5 years ago
heheh thanks now i got a nice collection :)
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