Lack of 8-bit threads (was Re: Linux question)
trixter at oldskool.org
Tue Apr 24 22:53:18 CDT 2007
Warren Wolfe wrote:
> Imagine my surprise when DisplayWrite would not even run. Seven
> million for a study, and they didn't bother to even set it up. Sheesh.
> Anyway, I ended up talking to Mort Myerson, the V.P. of EDS within a few
> minutes, and I explained the situation to him. He said he would take
> care of it. In the meanwhile, I was using a debugger to try to find out
> what actual problem was causing the failure. It turns out that
> DisplayWrite checked the BIOS ROM, and if it did NOT find "IBM" it shut
> down. I figured we would get IBM to change the program... but, no.
> Within a couple of hours about five Bell Labs techs showed up asking for
> me, and got to work on the BIOS. I explained what I had found, and they
> verified it. They then re-assembled the BIOS with a nonsense trademark
> notice about IBM, and started cranking out copies of the new chip.
> DisplayWrite then found "IBM" in the BIOS, and was happy.
Hopefully you're not blaming the AT&T 6300 for that mess... I think the
"IBM-string-in-the-BIOS-check" by the software is completely arbitrary
and the real dunce of the story...
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