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SubjectRe: The latest instance in the A20 farce
"Dunlap, Randy" wrote:
> I'm not sure about this, but I'm wondering if the
> Fixed (as in Static) ACPI Description Table (FADT)
> can indicate that the platform is a legacy-free system.

Parsing ACPI is a nightmare on steroids. That is just Not An Option[TM]
in a < 10K bootstrap routine.

> > Worse, they define that port 92h, bit 1, is no longer
> > A20M#... but they
> > don't forbid the system from using it for other things.
> I don't quite see it that way. Where do you see that?
> Maybe it just needs to be more explicit.

It probably was *intended*, but it isn't *specified*, and in fact some
manufacturers have been known to abuse this bit.

> Ch. 3 (SYS-0047) says that port 92h:bit 1 doesn't toggle/affect A20M#.
> Appendix A says that port 92h is (still?) "System Control Port A"
> (not defined here AFAIK).
> (I haven't checked all of the other chapters/appendices.)

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