Despite IBM's raid on Cardiff Electric's clients, Joe has convinced those concerned, most specifically Gordon and Cameron, to continue with the PC project. The company is in a much weakened state because of the raid leading to staff layoffs, which an ill-equipped Gordon is responsible for issuing to the affected engineering staff, and the search for investors for the PC project. Joe and Bosworth have differing views on where those moneys can potentially come from. Gordon, with a much reduced staff, is working on the engineering issues Joe wants for the PC, namely that it now be portable and no heavier than 15 pounds. Gordon gets some help from an unexpected source, that help which has repercussions in that person's own professional life. Conversely, he faces a roadblock with another, that roadblock which he sees more clearly after a traffic incident. Cameron, basically living in her "office", is having a mental block in writing the BIOS code. She wanders around the Cardiff Electric ...
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A screen shot of the BIOS code that Cameron is writing contains some mistakes. The first line shows mov as, cs but there is no such AS register in the Intel chip. Also, further down is a mov EDI, EAX instruction which uses 32-bit registers that didn't appear until the x386 (the team is targeting a x186). Finally, there are some INT instructions which would be unusual in a BIOS. An INT 9 is for keyboard handling and might be something found in a BIOS, but an INT 21 is a call to the DOS operating system and would be absolutely out of place in the BIOS (the operating system calls the BIOS not the other way around). See more
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