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Re: Legacy Firmware/INT 13H supporting >512 byte sectors?

From: Mihai Moldovan
Subject: Re: Legacy Firmware/INT 13H supporting >512 byte sectors?
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:01:11 +0200
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* On 08/17/2018 06:11 PM, Vladimir 'phcoder' Serbinenko wrote:
> Sure. Any BIOS able to read CD supports 2K sectors.
> If you mean HDD then I have never seen one. I wrote support for non-512B 
> sectors
> in GRUB but so far it's untested as I couldn't find such a BIOS

Ah, of course. CD sectors are 2K big. Yeah, that makes sense.

I meant HDD sectors, yes.

My firmware is doing weird things: it always reports a sector size of 512 bytes,
reads and outputs data in 512 byte chunks, but sector addressing is actually
HDD-dependent (i.e., for 4Kn drives 4K-based).

I'll work around that using some heuristic, but that's only part of the problem.

The bigger issue will probably be the boot image, which likely is too small to
incorporate sophisticated code. I guess I could trick THAT into behaving
correctly by spreading the core image file out over several sectors and only
using the first 512 bytes of each sector.


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