After fumbling around with various downloads and patches, I was able to find a working QEMU build for windows. I am running Windows 7 64-bit, and I wanted to run an ARM system (specifically, to develop for a Stratus plug computer). Before this, I was running a virtualized Ubuntu using VirtualBox and then running QEMU within that. Performance was not noticeably bad.
However, I had problems bridging the QEMU to the Ubuntu host, which was bridged itself. I stumbled upon a page about emulating a Rasberry Pi within QEMU on Windows. The QEMU download link there was the ticket.
To launch, first create or download a disk image. Then copy the qemu-system-arm.exe from the bin folder to QEMU’s root folder (it was easier than specifying the paths manually). Then, you can modify the last line in the batch file provided (qemu-win.bat):
qemu-system-arm.exe -M versatilepb -L . -m 256 -hda arm.img.backup -kernel vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-versatile -initrd initrd.img-2.6.32-5-versatile -localtime -append "root=/dev/sda1"
That’s assuming your image and kernels are named as such. The kernel will crash if you try to specify more than 256MB of RAM, however building a custom kernel is now possible.
My next task will be to see if I can bridge the network interface. If not, I’ll go back and try the virtual virtual machine approach again–since appears to be faster anyway…