In the last episode (Mar 09), Jason Dictos said: > I'm investigating what resources are out there for accessing bios > addressable devices while BSD is up and running. The situation is > this, currently we licenses Caldera DOS for a program we wrote which > uses the int13 extensions to manipulate the systems hard drive (i.e. > to recover partition tables and what not). This forces our > application to be written in 16 bit mode, but it does allows us to > not have to worry about loading any driver which would be hardware > specific to access the hard drive. Is there any way to write a driver > for BSD which would put the processor into real mode, therefore > allowing us to use the int 13 api of the bios to read and write hard > drives? That way we could package a stripped down BSD kernel which > loaded our driver and gave our application access to hard disks > without having to load any device driver.
I guess it's possible, since you have to use the bios to make VESA video calls, and they work. /sys/i386/isa/vesa.c has most of the stuff you would need. Also see the i386_vm86() userland function; you may not even need to mess around inside the kernel. Alternatively, have you taken a look at FreeDOS? You can probably use your exisitng code unchanged on it, or use either DJGPP or OpenWatcom to build 32-bit executables that run under a DOS extender. www.freedos.org www.delorie.com www.openwatcom.org -- Dan Nelson [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"