I've been trying for days to get the AVD up and running just to get started with the Hello World example from the Android developer site (Hello, World | Android Developers). After a reboot last night, with only Mozilla running, I started Eclipse again, and deleted and re-did the Hello World example, following it to the letter, as before, except, per advice I read somewhere, using 1.5 as the platform instead of 2.1 or 2.2. Whereas before, the emulator consistently became disconnected and each run was aborted, this time, the emulator came up, and started going through its boot process. That was about 10:10 PM local. Over an hour later, I gave up on it and killed the emulator (had to use Task Manager to do so). I reset both the Eclipse project and the AVD to 2.2, and ran it again....and promptly fell asleep. When I woke up, it'd been 1:20 (yes, one hour and twenty minutes), and the console said (as with 1.5 before that) that it was still waiting for the HOME app to run. I understand that it takes a few minutes to start up, but how many hours fit into those "few minutes" that it takes to start up? Seriously, I know that its taking that long cannot be normal. My system is several years old, and a laptop at that (my desktop ate itself...won't stay on for more than a minute), and my FreeBSD system, which does have Eclipse and JDK in the ports section, is only a 650MHz Pentium class (dmesg output: CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor (650.03-MHz 686-class CPU) So I doubt it would do much better.... Does anyone know what the problem might be? I've tried and read everything I can find, so even a pointer to the appropriate FM to read would help..... Thanks EDIT: this morning, I left it running while I went to a D'r's appointment. By the time I got home, it'd been running (and still waiting) for 2.5 hours. No error messages on the console, just waiting.