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Re: Dropping/splitting (proper) i386 support

On Tue, May 06, 2003 at 03:05:21PM +0200, Guillem Jover wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 06:27:05PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> > After the 486, Intel always provided a method to determine the CPU type and 
> > features available.  As far as I can tell, there's no easy programmatic way 
> > to tell the difference between a (old, no CPUID) 486 and an (old, no CPUID) 
> > 386 without risking an illegal instruction, which bites. :-(  (I could be 
> > wrong.)
> They exist and are not so difficult. One is by issuing illegal
> instructions like you have commented, the only thing to do is to trap
> INT 6 (Invalid Opcode). The only problem you may find is that really old
> cpus don't support this INT (only 80186+).
> The other is a little bit more fun, you have to test for cpu specific
> non-documented behaviour, like how many bits shift a shl in a 8088 or
> 80186+, when does the cpu increment the sp (stack pointer) when doing
> a push/pop, which flags can or cannot be set, etc. I did some years ago
> asm code that distinguished from 8088 to the new CPUID aware cpus,
> including the distinction from 8086 and 8088, or from NEC V20 among
> others. =P
> And I've seen code that did more insight testing. (I can give
> code / pointers to anyone interested).

Note: the CPU manuals from Intel include an official assembler
sequence which does not generate exceptions or anything.  The
16 bit version requires ring 0 privileges, the 32 bit version
does not.  Distinguishing amongst pre-CPUID submodels (like
386DX versus 386SX or Intel 386 versus AMD 386 takes more
tricks), but the code cleanly distinguishes 086 from 186 from
286 from 386 from 486-noCPUID from CPU-with-CPUID.

> regards,
> guillem

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