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Xamarin / Android emulator qemu-system-i386.exe error

I was receiving the error “qemu-system-i386.exe has stopped working”. I clicked on the “Open Android Device Manager” icon on the Visual Studio toolbar:

Open Android Device Manager

Open Android Device Manager

I then created a new emulator using the latest version of the Android OS available and the default values:

Create new emulator

Create new emulator

After it was done (and a click of the refresh button), my new emulator appeared in the list:

VS emulator list

VS emulator list

This worked for me. So many things seem to go wrong with these emulators, hopefully this will help at least one person with the multitude of issues lurking about.


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Error opening AVD Manager: Failed to execute Android.bat

I had delved into Xamarin, belatedly entering the world of mobile development. I needed to open the Android Virtual Device (AVD) manager to configure some virtual devices to really get the fun started. However, when I went into my installation folder for the AVD manage (C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools\lib on my system) and running the executable, “AVD Manager.exe”, I got the horrible message “Failed to execute tools\android.bat: The system cannot find the file specified”:

android.bat error

Normally, I weep inconsolably when these types of things happen to me, but this time I decided to try to figure it out. And what I discovered what that if I moved to the “AVD Manager.exe” executable to the android-sdk root folder, it worked! If you’re playing at home, the folder I moved it to was C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk. Look at that beautiful program:Manager

Another note: On my system, I had to run the executable as an administrator, but your mileage may vary.

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