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Windows Phone 7 emulator WON'T work on an Atom netbook

Apr 19

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Monday, April 19, 2010 10:42 PM  RssIcon

Atom insideI found out the hard way the Windows Phone 7 emulator won't work on an Atom based netbook.  Read on for HOW I found this little gem of a tidbit of info out!

Atom insideWhile preparing for my Ottawa IT Day presentation on Saturday, I had a bit of a rude awakening! 

DOH!  Did you know the Windows Phone 7 emulator WON'T run on an Atom based netbook computer?  Who knew?  Ok, I guess I expected it to run slowly, that's acceptable, predictable even.  BUT, after downloading over 255MB of installs, waiting over 30m WHILE it was doing the install, AND starting up my VS 2010 RTM and WP7 CTP, I guess along the way, IF the emulator WASN'T going to work, I expected it to tell me BEFORE I started the long, drawn out process that it wasn't going to work. 

And do you know what's even worse?  Check out the ERROR message you get?  Useful eh?

How the WP7 Emulator fails on an Atom netbook

Connection failed because of invalid command-line arguments?  WTF?  Uh, before you ask how can I be sure this isn't something else going on?   Cause this very same solution works on many, Many, MANY other computers as is!

So, now that YOU know not to try installing the WP7 emulator on a netbook, it's time to grab a coffee and get coding!

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4 comment(s) so far...

Re: Windows Phone 7 emulator WON'T work on an Atom netbook

XNA requires both memory and good graphics acceleration available, but the error message still seems strange so something else may have gone wrong with the installation (can always check the installer logs)

By George Birbilis on   Thursday, August 05, 2010 8:48 AM

Re: Windows Phone 7 emulator WON'T work on an Atom netbook

Hi George, thanks for leaving a comment. Ya, those little Atom netbooks (especiallly mine LOL) could never be accused of having a lot of memory nor good graphics. LOL It's portable and let me (past tense) do presentations at our .NET user group and study group sessions. I'll have to eventually look at another machine but I HATE having to pay the extra $$$$.

Thanks again George, have a good end of week!

By phenry on   Thursday, August 05, 2010 8:50 AM

Re: Windows Phone 7 emulator WON'T work on an Atom netbook

You can still use an actual device for debugging. VS2010 (once you've installed all the WP7 dev tools of course) will deploy directly to the phone without any difficulty even on these little netbooks. However, that doesn't help if you're wanting to use the netbook to do presentations. Wouldn't want to use the netbook as a daily dev machine, however it is acceptable if you're traveling and find yourself wanting to bang out a little code. A few weeks ago I got rather bored while I was in the hospital recovering from minor surgery. Luckily I had my phone, micro-usb cable, and netbook with me so I was able to play around. :)

By Bryan on   Monday, January 24, 2011 2:29 PM

Re: Windows Phone 7 emulator WON'T work on an Atom netbook

Hey Bryan, thank you for commenting. You've tried this out?! Brave soul!!!!!!!!!!! :> Kudos for you getting it to work. I haven't tried it since this time (I've been tempted! just not gotten up enough nerve to try it).

I hope you're healing well after your brief (I hope) stint in the hospital? Get better soon and get back to cranking out the WP7 apps! (that's what I have to do too! haha)

Thanks again for commenting and have a great week!

By phenry on   Monday, January 24, 2011 10:10 PM

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