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Ralf Brown's alternate multiplex interrupt specification proposal. Eliminate TSR conflicts and easily remove TSRs from memory using this specification.
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Ralf Brown’s alternate multiplex interrupt specification proposal. Eliminate TSR conflicts and easily remove TSRs from memory using this specification.
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Contents of the AMIS350.TXT file


INT 2D - ALTERNATE MULTIPLEX INTERRUPT SPECIFICATION (AMIS) [v3.5]
AH = multiplex number
AL = function
00h installation check
Return: AL = 00h if free
AL = FFh if multiplex number in use
CX = binary version number (CH = major, CL = minor)
DX:DI -> signature string (see below) identifying
the program using the multiplex number
01h get entry point
Return: AL = 00h if all API calls via INT 2D
AL = FFh if entry point supported
DX:BX -> entry point for bypassing interrupt chain
02h uninstall
DX:BX = return address for successful uninstall (may be
ignored by TSR)
Return: AL = status
00h not implemented
01h unsuccessful
02h can not uninstall yet, will do so when able
03h safe to remove, but no resident uninstaller
(TSR still enabled)
BX = segment of memory block with resident code
04h safe to remove, but no resident uninstaller
(TSR now disabled)
BX = segment of memory block with resident code
05h not safe to remove now, try again later
FFh successful
return at DX:BX with AX destroyed if successful and
TSR honors specific return address
03h request pop-up
Return: AL = status
00h not implemented or TSR is not a pop-up
01h can not pop up at this time, try again later
02h can not pop up yet, will do so when able
03h already popped up
04h unable to pop up, user intervention required
BX = standard reason code
0000h unknown failure
0001h interrupt chain passes through memory
which must be swapped out to pop up
0002h swap-in failed
CX = application's reason code if nonzero
FFh TSR popped up and was exited by user
BX = return value
0000h no return value
0001h TSR unloaded
0002h-00FFh reserved
0100h-FFFFh application-dependent
04h determine chained interrupts
BL = interrupt number (except 2Dh)
Return: AL = status
00h not implemented
01h (obsolete) unable to determine
02h (obsolete) interrupt hooked
03h (obsolete) interrupt hooked, address returned
DX:BX -> TSR's interrupt BL handler
04h list of hooked interrupts returned
DX:BX -> interrupt hook list (see below)
FFh interrupt not hooked
Notes:since INT 2D is known to be hooked, the resident code
need not test for BL=2Dh (to minimize its size), and
the return value is therefore undefined in that case.
BL is ignored if the TSR returns AL=04h; in that case,
the caller needs to scan the return list rather than
making additional calls to this function. If the
return is not 00h or 04h, then the caller must cycle
through the remaining interrupt numbers it wishes to
check.
return values 01h thru 03h are disparaged and will be
removed from the next version of this specification;
they are included for compatibility with version 3.3,
though they were probably never used in any
implementation
05h get hotkeys
Return: AL = status
00h not implemented
FFh supported
DX:BX -> hotkey list (see below)
06h-0Fh reserved for future enhancements
Return: AL = 00h (not implemented)
other application-dependent
Notes:programs should not use fixed multiplex numbers; rather, a program
should scan all multiplex numbers from 00h to FFh, remembering the
first unused multiplex in case the program is not yet installed.
For multiplex numbers which are in use, the program should compare
the first 16 bytes of the signature string to determine whether it
is already installed on that multiplex number. If not previously
installed, it should use the first free multiplex number.
functions other than 00h are not valid unless a program is installed
on the selected multiplex number
to be considered fully compliant with version 3.5 of the specification,
programs must implement at least functions 00h, 02h (no resident
uninstall code required), and 04h (return value 04h). TSRs that
provide hotkeys with which the user can activate them must also
implement function 05h. The absolute minimum fully-compliant
implementation has an overhead of 64 bytes (80 bytes with function
05h) plus 22 bytes per hooked interrupt (for the interrupt sharing
protocol header and hook list entry).
the signature string and description may be used by memory mappers
to display the installed programs
users of this proposal should adhere to the IBM interrupt sharing
protocol (see below), which will permit removal of TSRs in
arbitrary order and interrupt handler reordering. All TSRs
following this proposal should be removable, though they need not
keep the code for removing themselves resident; it is acceptable
for a separate program to perform the removal.
A sample implementation including example TSRs and utility programs
may be found in a separate package distributed as AMISLnnn.ZIP
(AMISL090.ZIP as of this writing).
Please let me know if you choose to follow this proposal. The
signature and a list of the private API calls you use would be
appreciated, as well.
SeeAlso: INT 2F

Format of signature string:
OffsetSizeDescription
00h 8 BYTEsblank-padded manufacturer's name (possibly abbreviated)
08h 8 BYTEsblank-padded product name
10h 64 BYTEsASCIZ product description (optional, may be a single 00h)
Note:it is not necessary to reserve a full 64 bytes for the description,
just enough to store the actual ASCIZ string

Format of interrupt hook list [array]:
OffsetSizeDescription
00hBYTEinterrupt number (last entry in array is 2Dh)
01hWORDoffset within hook list's segment of the interrupt handler
this will point at the initial short jump of the interrupt
sharing protocol header (see below)

Format of hotkey list:
OffsetSizeDescription
00hBYTEtype of hotkey checking
bit 0: checks before chaining INT 09
bit 1: checks after chaining INT 09
bit 2: checks before chaining INT 15/AH=4Fh
bit 3: checks after chaining INT 15/AH=4Fh
bit 4: checks on INT 16/AH=00h,01h,02h
bit 5: checks on INT 16/AH=10h,11h,12h
bits 6,7: reserved (0)
01hBYTEnumber of hotkeys (may be zero if TSR can disable hotkeys)
02h 6N BYTEsarray of hotkey definitions
(one per hotkey, first should be primary hotkey)
OffsetSizeDescription
00hBYTEhotkey scan code (00h/80h if shift states only)
hotkey triggers on release if bit 7 set
01hWORDrequired shift states (see below)
03hWORDdisallowed shift states (see below)
05hBYTEflags
bit 0: hotkey chained before processing
bit 1: hotkey chained after processing
bit 2: others should pass through this hotkey
so that it can be monitored
bit 3: hotkey will not activate if other keys
pressed/released before hotkey press is
completed
bit 4: this key is remapped into some other key
bit 5-7: reserved (0)
Notes:except for bit 7, the shift states correspond exactly to the return
values from INT 16/AH=12h. A set bit in the required states word
indicates that the corresponding shift state must be active when the
hotkey's scan code is received for the hotkey to be recognized; a
clear bit means that the corresponding state may be ignored.A set
bit in the disallowed shift states word indicates that the
corresponding shift state must be inactive.
if bit 2 is set, either control key may be pressed for the hotkey; if
bits 8 and 10 are both set, then both control keys must be pressed.
Similarly for bits 3 and 9/11, as well as 7 and 0/1.
for the disallowed-states word, if one of the "either" bits is set,
then both the corresponding left bit and right bit must be set
examples:
Ctrl-Alt-Del monitoring: 53h 000Ch 0003h 06h
Alt-key tap (DESQview): B8h 0000h 0007h 08h
Shf-Shf-N (NOTE.COM): 31h 0003h 000Ch 00h

Bitmask of shift states:
bit 0: right shift pressed
bit 1: left shift pressed
bit 2: either control key pressed
bit 3: either Alt key pressed
bit 4: ScrollLock active
bit 5: NumLock active
bit 6: CapsLock active
bit 7: either shift key pressed
bit 8: left control key pressed
bit 9: left Alt key pressed
bit 10: right control key pressed
bit 11: right Alt key pressed
bit 12: ScrollLock pressed
bit 13: NumLock pressed
bit 14: CapsLock pressed
bit 15: SysRq key pressed

Format of interrupt sharing protocol interrupt handler entry point:
OffsetSizeDescription
00h 2 BYTEsshort jump to actual start of interrupt handler, immediately
following this data block (EBh 10h)
02hDWORDaddress of next handler in chain
06hWORDsignature 424Bh
08hBYTEEOI flag
00h software interrupt or secondary hardware interrupt handler
80h primary hardware interrupt handler (will issue EOI)
09h 2 BYTEsshort jump to hardware reset routine
must point at a valid FAR procedure (may be just RETF)
0Bh 7 BYTEsreserved (0)

Signatures known to be in use:
'Crynwr ' 'SPELLER 'TSR spelling-checker
'heathh ' 'Monitor '
'Ralf B ' 'FASTMOUS'example TSR included with sample AMIS library code
'Ralf B ' 'NOLPT n 'example TSR -- turn LPTn into bit-bucket
'Ralf B ' 'NOTE 'example TSR -- popup note-taker
'Ralf B ' 'RBkeyswp'RBkeyswap v3.0+ -- swap Esc/~ and LCtrl/CapsLock keys
'Ralf B ' 'SWITCHAR'example TSR -- add switchar() support removed from DOS5
'Ralf B ' 'VGABLANK'example TSR -- VGA-only screen blanker
'TifaWARE' 'EATMEM 'George A. Theall's public domain memory restrictor for
testing programs (v1.1+)
'RECALL 'public domain commandline editor and history (v1.2+)
'Todd ' 'XPTR2 ' PC-to-Transputer interface by Todd Radel


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