[ANNOUNCE] Second paper on BIOS Interrupts as used by Windows XP.

Adam Sulmicki adam at cfar.umd.edu
Sun Nov 10 03:22:01 CET 2002

FWIW, our hardware solution was to replace motherboard what seem to fix
the problem. Maybe there was some bug in the chipset and the PC bios had
some patch in it to fix it, as the old MBO would run fine with PCBIOS
classic. The old MBO was winfast6300.

> > 	We have fairly advanced prototype system running house and we
> > 	exepect release fairly soon.
> seems like we are just down to one (stowstopper) bug.
> It seems that we must disable MTRR, or else the stuff just don't work
> right (ex: it will fail to boot kernel on switch to protected mode). On
> the other hand if we do disable MTRRS stuff work pretty briskily with
> lilo/grub/linux/openbsd/etc working.
> The system is winfast 6300 with sis630 chipset and pentium III and 128mb
> does any one has any idea what sort of interaction could cause such
> problems?
> MTRRs are reported by linux bios are:
> Setting fixed MTRRs(0-88) type: UC
> Setting fixed MTRRs(0-16) type: WB
> DONE fixed MTRRs
> Setting variable MTRR 0, base:    0MB, range:   64MB, type WB
> Setting variable MTRR 1, base:   64MB, range:   32MB, type WB
> Setting variable MTRR 2, base:   96MB, range:   16MB, type WB
> Setting variable MTRR 3, base:  112MB, range:    8MB, type WB
> DONE variable MTRRs
> Clear out the extra MTRR's
> call intel_enable_fixed_mtrr()
> call intel_enable_var_mtrr()
> Leave setup_mtrrs
> done.

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