Bios Routines

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    Question Bios Routines

    Hi,

    I would like to make use of the BOIS ISR's, for example sending output to a printer or capturing keyboard input.

    Can anyone tell me how to call the BOIS routines, are there any good examples anywhere?

    Compiler :MS Visual Studio 6.0
    O\S Win XP

    Many Thanks

    Mike

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    XP doesn't use the BIOS as far as I know.
    Besides, the BIOS runs in 16 bit real mode, and XP is entirely 32 bit protected mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salem
    XP doesn't use the BIOS as far as I know.
    Besides, the BIOS runs in 16 bit real mode, and XP is entirely 32 bit protected mode.
    Canīt he use 8086 assembly and then run in XPīs compatibility mode?
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    That could work, but it's unnecessary since he's working with Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gustavosserra
    Canīt he use 8086 assembly and then run in XPīs compatibility mode?
    You can use loads of old crappy dos tools including TurboC or Qbasic. Those dos style apps will run in an emulation mode...so some ISRs will work...some might not.

    Best bet, if you working in windows, work with windows. There's a "windows way" of doing pretty much anything...

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    Knowing Microsoft, there is probably a function called ShowBlueScreenOfDeath().

    You might want to look at the Microsoft Developer Library. They should have information on performing the tasks you mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frobozz
    Knowing Microsoft, there is probably a function called ShowBlueScreenOfDeath().
    Not very funny but 101% correct! The function is available via the DDK and is mainly for drivers - KeBugCheck

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