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[Fedora-xen] hvm mode and windows xp (xen 3.0.3-rc3)


I'm a bit of a failure at running windows xp in the hvm mode. to be
honest nothing went the way it should have on my notebook with turion
64 x2 processor inside.

first i was unable to install windows. the only combination of
parameters which did not lead to freeze in text phase of instalation
of the xp system was acpi=1, apic=1 and vcpu=2.  but even that
combination resulted in an error message produced by windows installer
somewhere in the middle of instalation process. i used qemu alone to
install the system without any problems. btw win xp runs surprisingly
fast with that emulator.

second at windows startup all that could be seen was a blank screen of
console. if i tried to run in safe mode, initial text messages
appeared, but i was unable to choose the right option, because i had
no control over my keyboard (as if key events went unnoticed). and it
took ages to reach the counter to zero (which supposed to be set to 30
s - that amount of time you have to decide what mode windows should
run in). afterwards well known blank screen appeared. that's all. i
tried in vain any reasonable combinatiation of the following domain
parameters: acpi, apic and vcpu (eg. apic=0 and vcpu=2 was excluded).
the rest were unchanged.

i use fedora core 6: xen 3.0.3-rc3 and kernel with a 3
patches that improve thermal and fan control (more details at
http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7122 and
http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5534). however using
unpatched kernel results in the same behaviour of windows domain. i
attached several dumps which you might find useful.

any clue what went wrong?


Attachment: xen.info
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Attachment: xen.dmesg.init
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Attachment: xen.dmesg.winxp.startup
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Attachment: xen.dmesg.winxp.startup.with.acpi
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