I have a Raspberry Pi Model B running Raspbian NOOBS, which I'm preparing to use as a media centre / Node.JS server.
I have followed various tutorials and managed to get a premade Raspbian image up and running with Qemu on my Windows 8 laptop. I am, however, unable to get a .img file which I made using Win32DiskImager (a clone of the SD card which contains my functioning Raspbian install) to boot in Qemu.
The image and Qemu installation provided at http://sourceforge.net/projects/rpiqemuwindows/ is nice and clean and quick and it functions, but swapping the .img for my own, I receive the following messages in the Qemu window:
No filesystem could mount root, tried: reiserfs ext3 ext2 ext4 cramfs minix vfat ntfs romfs fuseblock Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,2)
I'm using the following command sequence to run Qemu:
$ qemu-system-arm.exe -M versatilepb -cpu arm1176 -hda raspbian.img -kernel kernel-qemu -m 192 -append "root=/dev/sda2"
I tried different
sda values, and I tried using
rootfstype=fat32 since the SD is FAT32 formatted. I've tried using
qemu-system-armw.exe instead of
qemu-system-arm.exe. I've tried different versions of Qemu while following different tutorials, all with similar results -- an unmountable filesystem. Yet Qemu shows 5 partitions before it errors out. I tried reimaging the SD card -- and ended up with an identical image (same MD5, same total filesize).
So far every tutorial or forum thread I've found discusses creating a new installation for emulation, whereas what I need is to have a clone of my existing, configured system available to me while I'm away from home. Is there a method to achieve this using tools available for Windows 8?
I have read through the following tutorials: