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  1. serpa4

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    Wonder if you could run windows XP on a phone? I.e. 1gh, 512 ram, 8gb hard drive (internal memory), 800x600 screen, etc.
    Just currious, not that I'd do it.
     

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    Doubt it, you'd need the mobo / CPU / hardware drivers, and unless the manufacturer went out of their way to provide the drivers, you'd be stuck.
     
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    Running it native, not at all. Win NT kernel is built originally for x86 architecture, most phones run on an Arm architecture. Drivers wouldn't be an issue, windows would probably see them as generic since there isn't a lot of source for them. Only way to do it is emulation, but on hardware such as a 1ghz cpu and only 512 mb of ram(which compared to a desktop running Windows XP, the memory is probably so slow and not dual channel so it would take an even bigger performance hit.), emulating it would take most of the processing power the phone has just for sub performance. Windows 95 or 98 was ported to Android and doesn't even run all that great.
     
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    There is not too much point to it. Even if you could get it to run, you would have to worry about input drivers. If your using XP, its probably not going to know how to use the touch panel or power button, or anything.
     
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    I'm sure someone could hack it enough to make it work, but never well.
     
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    Pretty interesting idea though. Of course it has essentially NO use. Would just be a "Hey look what my phone can do" kinda thing
     
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    Even if you could sort out all the issues and get it running, a bloated desktop OS is a terrible platform for a mobile device.
     
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    True but still..... just because
     
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    There's a hacked version of Win95 and Win98 running on the phone. I don't see a point of running XP on my phone any more than 95 and 98. It has a cool factor to it, but beyond that it's not particularly useful.
     
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    Exactly my point.... there is no point, so might as well do it, lol
     
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    Is it sad that that sounds perfectly rational to me?
     
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    Sad?? Of course not, TOTALLY F*CKING AWESOME is what it is!
    Muha Muhaha Muhahaha
     
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    My first PDA was running windows CE 2.1. I was running NT4.0 and MSoffice 2000 on my laptop at the time and my pda had a 200MHz cpu and my laptop 233MHz. I started looking at NT embeded and wondered why I couldn't just have Nt4 and Office 97 on my pda, it had enough power to do it.
    I started messing with wearable systems and such and could find whole computer systems that would fit on a gum stick sized form factor, but MSwindows was always the limiting factor, either took too much cpu/ram/disk or the bug in early xpembedded that wouldn't let it run from read only.
    Thats one of the issues that brought me over to Linux and open source, there was no forced upgrade like windows and the linux kernel will run on nearly anything. Android is the closest I've come to having the on my desktop and my pda. I can access the console and root my phone so the next step is to take a simple linux tool and recompile it for the phone and see if it will run outside the jvm running android.
    Once you get off of the Microsoft/Apple closed model it becomes possible to make things happen. All thats needed is to make a window manager that will work with the phone's hardware and use it instead of kde/gnome.
     
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    Um... yes... thats exactly what i was thinking.......:cool:
     
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    Last year there was some talk about porting Windows 7 to ARM, but didn't hear anything afterwards. Maybe it was just an idea that was tossed around to see what kind of response it would get from the industry.
    Frankly, I don
     
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    It's possible, but you will have to write all the drivers yourself. After all, people have managed to install android on an iPhone (which apparaently made a lot of Apple fanboy very Very angry....)
     
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