Spotlight: BOCHS is a Pentium PC emulator for Android, brings on the retro cult

Spotlight: BOCHS is a Pentium PC emulator for Android, brings on the retro cult
What's a BOCHS? Well, in this case, it certainly has nothing to do with your uncle's German power drill. It's actually more of a Pentium PC emulator that can run a full-blown x86 operating system on your Android device. It all boils down to installing the application and some related content, then putting a hard disk image of your preferred operating system on your device's storage and getting the emulator to work with it.

Of course, your smartphone is a touchscreen device, not a keyboard and mouse one, so how do you do controls once Windows XP is running on your Nexus 5? BOCHS emulates a touchpad with left/right mouse buttons, and there's also an on-screen keyboard available if you want to fire up MSN Messenger out of nostalgia and whatnot.

Developers can also modify bochs for direct access to the device's NAND memory, but be warned that this could damage your file system. Getting sound support for those old WinAmp versions with custom Quake III Arena skins is a bit of an adventure too. You have to modify a particular text file and make sure your OS has SoundBlaster 16 drivers installed (not even joking). Microsoft's distributions should be having this pre-installed.

If you're feeling adventurous and want to give BOCHS a spin, you may do so from the XDA developers board below.

Developer: korvs2003Download: Android
Category: TechnicalPrice: Free


Image credit: Dave Bennett

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3 Comments

1. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

This is the real power of Android/Open Source. A developer can do almost anything,

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the real question isn't whether they can emulate a 15yr old pc chip, like other emulators that are even on other devices, but if it can install programs and run them well. I want to bring out my older android phone to find out, could make it fun for my days off.

3. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

yeah !!!! so useful for everyday usage ! I cannot wait to make Office documents on my little device and perhaps make a whole project using WINDOWS XP !! i will attach a Modem, a printer and be so AWESOME !

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