x86 Emulation Requires Hardware Acceleration

This section provides a tutorial example showing the error of 'x86 emulation currently requires hardware acceleration!' when starting an Android emulator, if the AVD is created to simulate Intel x86 CPU.

When running my Android emulators created to simulate ARM CPUs are very slow. It tooks about 10 minutes to get them fully started. So I decided to try emulating Intel CPUs.

1. Run AVD Manager and create a new Android emulator with the following parameters on the Create new AVD screen:

Name: ePhone
Device: 4" WVGA (Nexus S)(480 x 800:hdpi)
Target: Google APIs (Google Inc.) - API Level 22
CPU/ABI: Google APIs Intel Atom (x86)
   [x] Hardware keyboard present
Skin: WVGA800
Front Camera: None
Back Camera: None
Memory Options: 
   RAM: 512, VM Heap: 32
Internal Storage: 200 MiB
SD Card/Size: 32 MiB

2. Click the "Start" to run "ePhone". I got a the following error:

ERROR: x86 emulation currently requires hardware acceleration!
Please ensure Intel HAXM is properly installed and usable.
CPU acceleration status: HAX kernel module is not installed!
Android AVD Start Error - Intel HAXM Required
Android AVD Start Error - Intel HAXM Required

See the next tutorial on what is HAXM and how to install it.

Last update: 2015.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Installing JDK 1.8 on Windows System

Installation of Android SDK R24 and Emulator

 Downloading and Installing Android SDK R24

 Running Android SDK Manager R24

 Installing Android Platform 4.0.3 and Libraries

 Verifying Android Platform Installation

 Creating Android Virtual Device (AVD)

 Viewing Android Virtual Device (AVD) Details

 Launching Android Emulator in AVD Manager

 Android Emulator Starting Screens

 Android Emulator Built-in Apps and Widgets

 Android Emulator Built-in Web Browser

 Android Emulator for 7 Inch Tablet

 Android Emulator for Google Watch

 Missing Emulator Engine Program for 'arm' CPUS

x86 Emulation Requires Hardware Acceleration

 HAXM - Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager

 Installing Apache Ant 1.9 on Windows System

 Developing First Android Application - HelloAndroid

 Android Application Package (APK) Files

 Android Debug Bridge (adb) Tool

 Android File Systems

 Android 4.0.3 File Systems

 AboutAndroid - Application to Retrieve System Information

 android.app.Activity Class and Activity Lifecycle

 View Objects and Layout Resource Files

 Using "adb logcat" Command for Debugging

 Build Process and Package File Content

 Building Your Own Web Browser

 Android Command Line Shell

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Mini Tablet

 USB Debugging Applications on Samsung Tablet

 Android Tablet - LG-V905R

 USB Debugging Applications on LG-V905R Tablet

 Android Phone - LG-P925g

 USB Debugging Applications on LG-P925g Phone

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version