03-16-2011 02:08 PM
I see that you mention dual-core? This wasn't previously required as I have been running the 0.9.3 simulator on here without any problem.
Have the minimum hardware requirements for the simulator changed?
No, the minimum requirements have not changed. Some of us have just found that running with 2 cores works better than one.
03-16-2011 02:12 PM
Reset and a lot of patience help.
I think it should be added to the start up manual - to be prepared to wait for a long time before the simulator can function. And that patience is a virtue
03-16-2011 02:19 PM
Maybe some of you who had to wait a long time could post estimates of how long that was, as accurately as possible.
I didn't pay attention to mine, but it took no more than probably 5 minutes. If a few of you can show it may take much longer, that might help in getting this added to docs, or at least will give us somewhere to point when others inevitably ask the same questions without bothering to search recent posts. (Which is really selfish, but that's what many do.)
03-16-2011 02:23 PM
I finally got my 0.9.4 simulator after many problems. After restarting the VM without success, I started from scratch with a new download of the simulator and while it took a while to load it went into the OS after the loading screen instead of loading a blank black screen.
I don't think I did anything different this last time around, but I'm thankful that it's working now.
03-17-2011 06:23 AM
After 2 days trying on my netbook, I finally have a playbook working... on my regular laptop (much more powerful - i5 core processor). Why was I using a netbook? That's what I use during my commute to work (train).On my regular laptop, it worked like a charm on the first time with lots of apps already loaded (4Gb RAM, Win7 home premium). The key was to have 2 cores configured.
But what about the netbook?
I've tried firing up the playbook on Ubuntu 10 - no luck, multiple resets - and on Win7 starter. I left my netbook on during the night (6:15am now) with the splash screen on Win 7 starter (2 cores configured this time) and just restarted it... in a couple of minutes I got it working. It's amazing to think that with 2 cores (have tried with 1 core multiple times in my netbook before) the simulator works.
Question: what are the navigation keys while using the simulator? I opened a browser window in the simulater, accessed Google, but I couldn't get back to the home screen. Any help will be much appreciated.
03-17-2011 10:14 AM
Still can't get the 0.9.4 to boot on my single core desktop machine (Celeron 2.8Ghz with 2Gb RAM and plenty of GBs of disk space available, running Windows XP-SP3).
It will boot on my laptop (a dual core machine, even though the VM is set to use one core). If I copy that image from the laptop to my desktop it still won't boot.
Giving up now.
03-17-2011 09:05 PM
I could not get the simulator to get past the black loading screen...I let it sit for 20+ minutes several times and it wouldn't boot completely. I tried re-downloading the simulator, recreating the vmware virtual machine, disabling cd-rom/audio/etc, nothing worked --- UNTIL I set it to two cores for the processor. Never had to do that with previous versions of the simulator. It finally works!