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Speeding up the Andriod Emulator

I recently decided to program in Andriod and I found the Andriod Emulator super slow .. here's how to speed it up

The reason for this slowness is that the ARM emulator does this using software rather than using Hardware for this purpose. Here are some ways to speed it up .


Open the Andriod SDK and AVD manager and edit the AVD that you want to speed up .

  1. Make sure that snapshot is ticked 
  2. Change the resolution to speed it up (I saw an 170 % increase in speed) 260 x 430 is a standard size , you can use anything you like , just do not make it too large
  3. Increase RAM size . I have set it to 600 but 1024 is a good idea
  4. Switch off your Anti-Virus
  5. Update JRE (Java Runtime Environment ) Click here to see if you have the latest .
  6. Get a faster system 
  7. Disable Hyperthreading , it runs only on one core and switching it off means better performance !
  8. Also removing 2x anti-aliasing in nVIDIA graphics card seemingly showed some improvement to some (including me !)
P.S:- To wipe the userdata , do this

Or .. run Android x86

Android runs on arm processors and a project , turns this into x86 ( 32-bit instructions)
The fact remains that new versions of Andriod will not come as fats as you can expect .
Tutorial on how to install http://hacktohell.blogspot.com/2011/05/experience-android-from-your-pc-as-live.html#.Tns69-zXtaQ 

Configuring Eclipse to find that andriod ..
  1. Create a virtual machine Linux 2.6/Other Linux, 512 Mb RAM, HD 2 Gb. Network: PCnet-Fast III, attached to NAT. You can also use bridged adapter, but you need a DHCP server in your environment.
  2. Install Android x86 on the emulator, run it.
  3. Press Alt+F1, type netcfg, remember the IP, press Alt+F7.
  4. Run cmd on your XP, change dir to your Android tools dir, type adb connect
  5. Start Eclipse, open ADT plugin, find the device, enjoy!
 
  Thanks to these two threads for this info !
  1. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1554099/slow-android-emulator
  2. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2662650/making-the-android-emulator-run-faster
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