[LinuxBIOS] Executing Real-Mode Binaries

San Mehat san at google.com
Fri Sep 23 22:05:07 CEST 2005

For sure, I'll definetly start hunting around more.

Thanks for the response.


On 9/23/05, Richard Smith <smithbone at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This initial task doesnt look *that* difficult.. I'm thinking I'll just
> get
> > the blob to link in at the segment it needs to run at (e000 segment),
> and
> > write an asm
> > wrapper for it which drops to big real mode, calls the blob, then pops
> back
> > into pmode.
> Ah ok. I think others have done similar stuff. Perhpas some of them
> will pipe up.
> > In the long run, I think perhaps some kind of generic 16 bit 'callout'
> > mechanism may be required for early call blobs and whatnot (perhaps even
> > later.. option roms (gak)).
> We already have this. Its the x86 emu code. You are comming in a
> little late in the game but the only way to do this and maintain
> cross-platform compability was to run the code under an emulator.
> Its in the V2 codebase and is used to POST many vga cards and some
> SCSI card option roms.
> You may wan't to go look at that and see if it fits your needs.
> Actually in fact I would ask you to go look at that and if it dosen't
> fit your needs please tell us why.
> --
> Richard A. Smith
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