Turns out I can use the QXL driver for XP.
So far Win 98 and Win 3.11 are fantastic on my iPad. Although I do not get 3Dfx nor acceleration for games like FIFA 98, it's pretty good.
Right now, I'm trying to get XP SP3 to the top from updates and Windows 7 too, on both my Mac (QEMU 5.0.0) and iPad Pro (UTM, I presume it uses QEMU 4.2.0 still). Win 7 is lightning fast for some reason.
I've tried Win 10 on my Mac, but it's awfully slow. I have no idea of what changed so much under the hood between Win 7 - Win 8 - Win 10 for this to happen, since Microsoft is still stuck with their backwards compatibility in Win 10.
Anyway, a Win 7 VM if I make it correctly should be sufficient for me. As soon as I get all my VMs stable on QEMU/UTM, and after some good testing, I may finally quit VMware/Parallels "virtualization empire". If this proves to be good enough (and it's for FREE!!) I don't need to buy new VMware products. I'm not that rich to buy all the programs... plus, getting it running on my iPad is a good sign, with the ARM Macs in the horizon coming at the end of the year.
Just to clarify that while I do recognize that VMware and Parallels are far superior solutions, with near native speeds and easier to use. I do not want to pay for a plan, monthly subscription or huge fee to use their products just to be able to play my 80's/90's games.
There is DOSBox too, at least for DOS/Win 3.x games. With some headaches and work, you could get Win 98 SE going in DOSBox too. But my main issue with DOSBox is that while there is a version with NE2000 networking capabilities, getting it to the internet requires something like a Raspberry Pi 3 acting as a MITM to let it connect to the internet. Not useable for me when I'm on the move. I wish there was an patch to use another card, the AMD PC Net card, which is the one used on VMware and QEMU, to let Win 3.11 connect to the internet without a middle man.
Another thing is that I'd rather play it on my iPad than on my Mac. That means, UTM is a superior solution than Litchie's iDOS2 (or DOSPad, whatever is the official name) for the same reasons above. iDOS2 hasn't been updated in the last years to run latest DOSBox SVN version and lacks NE2000/AMDPCnet ethernet card patch to give networking capabilities. It's a shame, because I think iDOS2 would be a very great app with these benefits. If only someone could fork it and add these things...
Anyway, back to Win 7 installation. Should be a quick walk in the park, it's fast.
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