1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 5, 2011 8:48 AM by Felix_M

    Does BIOS in Atom-32bit-intel board make IDT and GDT?

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      I have Atom-32bit-intel board n450 with only BIOS in it, my goal is to use APIC timer and linke it with an ISR (0x21). After a while, I discoverd that IDT and GDT already exist(probably built by the BIOS) and no need to build them (the software is in C language and AT&T assembly):

              /*Read the IDTR*/
              sidt (idt_ptr)
              /*Read the GDTR*/
              sgdt (gdt_ptr)

      So I tried just to use IDT's address to link my ISR to the IDT :

      fill_interrupt(ISR_Nbr,(unsigned int) isr33, 0x08, 0x8E);
      static void fill_interrupt(unsigned char num, unsigned int base, unsigned short sel, unsigned char flags)
          unsigned short *Interrupt_Address;
          /*address = idt_ptr.base + num * 8 byte*/
          Interrupt_Address = (unsigned short *)(idt_ptr.base + num*8);
          *(Interrupt_Address) = base&0xFFFF;
          *(Interrupt_Address+1) = sel;
          *(Interrupt_Address+1) = (flags>>8)&0xFF00;
          *(Interrupt_Address+1) = (base>>16)&0xFFFF;

      When I try to call the ISR33 : int $0x21, the software crashes : SingleStep CPU[1] Error : Processor Running.

      So where is it wrong ???

      Remark: I use eclipse Heros(AT&T assembly), the code is in protected mode (CR0.PE = 1 I checked it, probably set by the BIOS).

        • Re: Does BIOS in Atom-32bit-intel board make IDT and GDT?
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