Subject: Re: Return of Son of Beneath The Planet of Connectix Virtual PC 1.0
To: Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/27/1997 23:14:48
> This looks like it pokes a couple of locations and if it successfully reads
> back from them, it declares victory and assumes mode 2 works. So this sounds
> like a bug that should be reported to Connectix to me, if it emulates a
> response but doesn't work when you actually try to use it ...
NetBSD/i386 similarly mis-diagnoses at least some "real x86"
platforms. I think it's Compaq servers that have it happen often;
some company's servers, but i forget which. (If you look in the list
archives -- oh for a list search engine supported on the NetBSD web
pages, and no, don't bother pointing me to third-party engines -- I'm
pretty sure you'll find not-too-infrequent misdiagnoses of these
The code in question simply isn't robust enough (and maybe should use
the bios, as the comments suggest).