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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Use correct x86 reboot vector
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Followup to:  <m1smrl5mbw.fsf@frodo.biederman.org>
By author: ebiederm@xmission.com (Eric W. Biederman)
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> There is some software at least that knows the difference. I have seen short
> jumps in a couple of BIOS's. But a reset is very different from a
> reboot. As memory must be reinitialized etc. So I think going to
> 0xffff0000:0xfff0 would be a very bad idea if the intent is to get a
> reliable reboot.
>

I agree.

Jumping to 0xf000:0xfff0 is widely accepted to be a standard warm
reboot (as *should* an INIT, e.g. triplefault, be, as well -- make
sure A20 is enabled before tripping, though.) For quite a few (most?)
BIOSes, the vector that is stored at 0xf000:0xfff0 in the running
(BIOS decompressed and shadowed) configuration is *not* the same as
the one at the RESET vector.

-hpa
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