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[Xen-users] WinXp physical to virtual problem: stuck at "Booting from ha

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Subject: [Xen-users] WinXp physical to virtual problem: stuck at "Booting from hard disk"
From: Roberto Bifulco <roberto.bifulco2@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:17:29 +0100
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Dear xen users,
I'm trying to convert a physical WindowsXp pro machine into a Xen HVM domU.
I used VMWare standalone converter 4 to create a vmdk disk and qemu to convert such disk to a raw file disk.

Unfotunately I'm still unable to run my converted domU:
when i start the VM the virtual disk is correctly detected (also the dimension is detected),
but the VM freeze on the "Booting from hard disk..." sentence.

I first tried this configuration file:
import os, re
device_model = '/usr/lib64/xen-3.2-1/bin/qemu-dm'

vcpus = 1
acpi = 1
pae = 1
apic = 1
kenel = '/usr/lib/xen-3.2-1/boot/hvmloader'
builder = 'hvm'
memory = 1024
name = 'Converted'
#vif = [ 'type=ioemu, bridge=eth0, mac=08:00:27:DF:C5:5B' ]
disk = [
#       ,'file:/root/Windows.iso,ioemu:hdc:cdrom,r'
#       ,'file:/root/pwdrecover.iso,ioemu:hdc:cdrom,r'

boot = 'c'
vnc = 1

usb = 1

I tried also next actions:
1. changed the HAL.dll with halaacpi.dll on the virtual machine's disk
2. changed the HAL.dll with hal.dll on the virtual machine's disk, setting acpi=0 and apic=0
3. turn on and off pae.

The orginal system uses a sata disk and a dual core Intel processor
I also tried to run the MergeIDE utility on the system before the conversion, but nothing changed.

Any help is appreciated.
Thank you
Roberto Bifulco

Roberto Bifulco, Ph.D. Student
COMICS Lab - www.comics.unina.it
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