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Need a computer compatible with accelerated Android emulators

I am taking an Android programming class and am trying to develop apps on my Windows 7 PC. However, the emulator is very slow. It can be sped up greatly by using I believe it is the GPU to perform hardware acceleration for the emulator. But my PC is not compatible.

I have tried searching many places such as the android developer forum, but I can't find out how to buy a PC that has a CPU and a GPU that are compatible with the android emulator so it can run with hardware acceleration. I have a 64-bit CPU running Windows 7 Professional SP1. The processor is an Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8300 running at 2.5 GHz.

I would like to get a Windows 8 machine on which to develop Android apps and I want to make sure it will support hardware acceleration on the Android emulator.

Does anyone know how I am going to be sure that whatever machine I buy will support hardware acceleration on the emulator?


Note to Experts-Exchange: I could not find appropriate topics for this question. It's 2014, you guys need to add topics such as mobile development, android development.
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Yes, when I start the emulator with GPU=on, I get this:

Starting emulator for AVD 'Intel-10-480x800mdpi'
emulator: Failed to open the HAX device!
HAX is not working and emulator runs in emulation mode
emulator: Open HAX device failed

So, it would seem that the problem is not with my GPU but with my CPU. I dunno, maybe I just have an unusual machine and just about any new Windows 8 machine I buy will have a compatible processor. I just wish I could know before I buy one.
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No, you cannot speed up the emulator if your computer is not compatible. I got this error message when trying to install HAXM: This computer does not support Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x). HAXM cannot be installed. Please refer to the Intel HAXM documentation for more information.
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I have hyper-V enabled in the BIOS but my processor is not compatible. And it is very nice that you are all trying to help me make it work, but it won't, and my question is "What new computer can I buy that will be compatible with HAXM and supports the Android emulator with hardware acceleration."

I am starting to suspect that just about any new computer will do.
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