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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0 of 1] Fix for DOS keyboard problems

From: Stefan Ring
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0 of 1] Fix for DOS keyboard problems
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:54:53 +0200

This is a repost as inline diff - there don't seem to be many attachments on
this list.

Scratching an itch for myself, I have created a patch that allows me
to use Turbo Pascal and other Turbo Vision-based programs from DOS. I
post it here in the hope that someone take a good look, and maybe,
there's even a chance of this going into mainline. I verified that it
doesn't break keyboard or mouse functionality in Win 3.11, Win 2000
and Linux X11 (from systemrescuecd 1.1.4) as well as some DOS games.
Couldn't get win98 to run, unfortunately, so no testing there.
However, there is always the chance that it might break some random
obscure stuff, and clearly I cannot test everything.

The patch basically exploits the fact that the BIOS IRQ 1 handler
always does <disable keyboard> - <read 60h> - <enable keyboard> in
this order. We just remember the last value read from port 60h outside
this disable/enable block and play it back inside. The keyboard is
still very unreliable when a keyboard driver is loaded inside DOS (I
assume that the keyboard driver completely disables the BIOS handler).
This behavior is also present without my patch, and I personally don't
care about it, so this should not be an obstacle.

I also didn't know what to do about kbd_save and kbd_load just because
I didn't dig into them to find out what they are used for. The new
member should probably be serialized there.

My ultimate hope would be to get this into VirtualBox (see ticket #58
[1]). It should be easy enough to adapt the patch to VirtualBox; I
will try to do that within the next few days.

[1] http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/58

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