Higher Half + 4 MiB Pages, Now Can't Access VGA
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Author:  mttarry [ Sun May 15, 2022 11:47 am ]
Post subject:  Higher Half + 4 MiB Pages, Now Can't Access VGA

I recently implemented a higher half kernel with 4 MiB paging, borrowing from the various Bare Bones tutorials on this site. I am now running into an issue where I can't write to the VGA, whereas I could before with 4 KiB pages.

My understanding is that with PSE enabled, each page directory entry points to a 4 MiB page. This means that for the higher half kernel to work, I need to identity map the first 4 MiB of physical memory to the first 4 MiB of virtual memory (by writing 0x00000083 to the corresponding page directory entries 0 and 768).

Using GDB and QEMU, I can see that CR3 is populated with 0x104000, the physical address of my page directory. I can also see that the page directory has 0x00000083 set at entry 0 and 768 by the time I call kernel_main(). However, for some reason, while debugging with GDB I do not hit my breakpoint in kernel_main. I'm wondering if somehow I mapped the page directory wrong.

Additionally, I changed the address of VGA to 0xC00B8000. My understanding is that since 0xB800 lies within the first 4 MiB, this should be properly mapped to virtual memory.

You can find my code here: https://github.com/mttarry/osdev.

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Thanks in advance!

Author:  Octocontrabass [ Sun May 15, 2022 7:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Higher Half + 4 MiB Pages, Now Can't Access VGA

You forgot the $ on this instruction, which results in garbage in ECX, which causes an exception when trying to load that garbage into CR4.

There are other issues in this code too; this is just where it gets stuck when I debug it.

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