I've downloaded the latest 64-bit version of QEMU for Windows and it installed fine. However, I now have problems switching to Monitor mode when trying my code. The documentation says Ctrl-Alt-[1, 2, 3] switch between the display modes, but it doesn't work for me.

I run qemu-system-i386 -fda test.bin (where test.bin is a simple bootsector initializer) and all I get is the main VGA window. Am I missing something?

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The problem seemed to be with my choice of QEMU binaries for Windows. Downloading this version instead solved the problem.

Binary files can then be launched with the following syntax: qemu-system-i386 -fda test.bin -M pc -boot a

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