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7 software initialization for protectedmode operation

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Unformatted text preview: an image in which the PG and PE flags are set. (Paging cannot be enabled before the processor is switched to protected mode.) 8.7.4. Initializing Multitasking If the multitasking mechanism is not going to be used and changes between privilege levels are not allowed, it is not necessary load a TSS into memory or to initialize the task register. If the multitasking mechanism is going to be used and/or changes between privilege levels are allowed, software initialization code must load at least one TSS and an accompanying TSS descriptor. (A TSS is required to change privilege levels because pointers to the privileged-level 0, 1, and 2 stack segments and the stack pointers for these stacks are obtained from the TSS.) TSS descriptors must not be marked as busy when they are created; they should be marked busy by the processor only as a side-effect of performing a task switch. As with descriptors for LDTs, TSS descriptors reside in the GDT. After the processor has switched to protected mode, the LTR instruction can be used to load a segment selector for a TSS descriptor into the task register. This instruction marks the TSS descriptor as busy, but does not perform a task switch. The processor can, however, use the TSS to locate pointers to privilege-level 0, 1, and 2 stacks. The segment selector for the TSS must be loaded before software performs its first task switch in protected mode, because a task switch copies the current task state into the TSS. After the LTR instruction has been executed, further operations on the task register are performed by task switching. As with other segments and LDTs, TSSs and TSS descriptors can be either pre-allocated or allocated as needed. 8.8. MODE SWITCHING To use the processor in protected mode, a mode switch must be performed from real-address mode. Once in protected mode, software generally does not need to return to real-address mode. To run software written to run in real-address mode (8086 mode), it is generally more convenient to run the software in virtual-8086 mode, than to switch back to real-address mode. 8-13 PROCESSOR MANAGEMENT AND INITIALIZATION 8.8.1. Switching to Protected Mode Before switching to protected mode, a minimum set of system data structures and code modules must be loaded into memory, as described in Section 8.7., “Software Initialization for ProtectedMode Operation”. Once these tables are created, software initialization code can switch into protected mode. Protected mode is entered by executing a MOV CR0 instruction that sets the PE flag in the CR0 register. (In the same instruction, the PG flag in register CR0 can be set to enable paging.) Execution in protected mode begins with a CPL of 0. The 32-bit Intel Architecture processors have slightly different requirements for switching to protected mode. To insure upwards and downwards code compatibility with all 32-bit Intel Architecture processors, it is recommended that the following steps be performed: 1. Disable interrupts. A CLI instruction disables maskable hardware interrupts. NMI interrupts can be disabled with external circuitry. (Software must guarantee that no exceptions or interrupts are generated during the mode switching operation.) 2. Execute the LGDT instruction to load the GDTR register with the base address of the GDT. 3. Execute a MOV CR0 instruction that sets the PE flag (and optionally the PG flag) in control register CR0. 4. Immediately following the MOV CR0 instruction, execute a far JMP or far CALL instruction. (This operation is typically a far jump or call to the next instruction in the instruction stream.) The JMP or CALL instruction immediately after the MOV CR0 instruction changes the flow of execution and serializes the processor. If paging is enabled, the code for the MOV CR0 instruction and the JMP or CALL instruction must come from a page that is identity mapped (that is, the linear address before the jump is the same as the physical address after paging and protected mode is enabled). The target instruction for the JMP or CALL instruction does not need to be identity mapped. 5. If a local descriptor table is going to be used, execute the LLDT instruction to load the segment selector for the LDT in the LDTR register. 6. Execute the LTR instruction to load the task register with a segment selector to the initial protected-mode task or to a writable area of memory that can be used to store TSS information on a task switch. 7. After entering protected mode, the segment registers continue to hold the contents they had in real-address mode. The JMP or CALL instruction in step 4 resets the CS register. Perform one of the following operations to update the contents of the remaining segment registers. — Reload segment registers DS, SS, ES, FS, and GS. If the ES, FS, and/or GS registers are not going to be used, load them with a null selector. 8-14 PROCESSOR MANAGEMENT AND INITIALIZATION — Perform a JMP or CALL instruction to a new task, which automatically resets the values of the segment registers and branches to a new...
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