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SubjectRe: emm386 hangs when booting from linux
> On Fri, 28 Feb 2003, H.Rosmanith (Kernel Mailing List) wrote:
> >
> > hello,
> >
> > for some reason, I am using the "switch to 16 bit realmode" function
> > present in the linux kernel to execute various 16bit code. One thing
> > that I am doing is to read the mbr off a harddisk to 0x7c00 and then
> > jump to there. This allows to e.g. "quickboot dos" from linux without
> > having to go through bios startup.
> >
> > I got this working with *one* exception: as soon as I load emm386
> > in config.sys, the system hangs. It doesn't hang completely, e.g.
> > the num-lock led changes light when pressing num-lock, and ctrlaltdel
> > reboots the system. When I "REM"ark the emm386.exe, then dos will
> > boot and display a "C:\>" prompt.
> So you are trying a "home-brew" DOS-EMU which already exists and works
> well.

I am trying to boot "real" DOS from linux.

> emm386.exe attempts to go to protected mode. That's how it works.

and when going into protected mode, it crashes. I wonder why. I can
start DOS4GW, which does not crash, and I think that DOS4GW too works
with the protected mode features of the CPU.

> That's how it's able to make "high-RAM" appear in "low-RAM" windows
> for the emm386 specification. Of course it will fail when you
> are in virtual 386 mode. The real DOS-EMU emulates the extended/expanded

after executing "machine_real_start", the system is in 16 bit real mode,
not in vm86 mode.

> memory specification so you don't need this in 'config.sys'. I sometimes
> boot real DOS usinf DOS-EMU and it works fine. You need to configure
> it so it will look at, say config.emu, instead of the DOS config.sys.
> That way, you can keep boot-specific configuration files.

the problem is not only with DOS. when booting M$-Windows (w2k), the
boot-process will hang as soon as w2k tries to enter protected mode.

starting loadlin will hang the system too, as I just found out. hm,
well, at least it's easier looking into loadlin than looking into
emm386 !

> Cheers,
> Dick Johnson
> Penguin : Linux version 2.4.18 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
> Why is the government concerned about the lunatic fringe? Think about it.

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