Carrera in an SE/30 – the code part 1

The disassembled code of the Micromac Carrera 040 control panel is quite big: 6000+ lines of 68030/40 assembly…

While these posts might be entertaining and giving you an insight into classic MacOS driver code, they are also meant as a notebook to myself to get into the source quickly – especially after some weeks or months of distraction 😉

That said, I will not discuss each and every line of code. There are many parts which aren’t important (for now) or just not reached yet.
Still, it will take several parts/chapters to cover everything I worked on.

The complete code is available over here on GitHub and will updated every time I’m working on it.
Whenever I’m mentioning addresses I’m referring to this code on GitHub. NB: I will never use line-numbers as these might change during editing the source.
Also, when you’ll see a light-bulb  💡  somewhere, this is where I’m not sure and happy about enlightenment or comments from you 😉

This article is totally work-in-progress. E.g. every now and then my theories about what a certain code does changes, I learn new things and all the sudden whole blocks of code make sense… so this post will change/grow, too.

Approaching… difficulties.

What’s the main job of this code? From a 30000ft perspective the simple answer is “switching the Carrera040 on and off”, i.e. toggling between the hosts slower on-board 68030 and the insanely fast 68040 on the C040. At boot-time… as well as during the system is running (by user interaction).

Sounds pretty simple, huh? Lowering our flight altitude to 3000ft more things come into play:
Identify the hosting Macintosh. As mentioned in the previous chapter, the C040 was able to run in a Mac II, IIx, IIcx, IIvx, IIvi, IIvm, IIsi, IIci, LC and LCII… all of them different in many places. These differences have to be handled…
Down at 30ft we have to admit that there are differences between a 68030 and his younger brother 68040, mainly concerning caches, FPU and the MMU.
Finally hitting the ground, it’s becoming clear that it is everything but trivial to halt a running processor, save its complete context and start another (slightly different) processor with that. And back again…

Some given things before we start:

  • We will concentrate on the IIx “branch” as this machine is closest to the SE/30 like not-32bit-clean, memory-map, the GLUE chip, two real VIAs with the same register layout etc.
  • I learned from the code that the C040 is memory-mapped at 0x53000000 in some of the supported models, especially the IIx and IIci. This means 32bit addressing is a must (-> need “mode32” INIT or clean ROM)
  • I tried to comment as much as possible/understood inline (i.e in the code) – a good bit of 68k machine language knowledge is still required 😉
  • If something needs more explanation, I’ll try to provide this before the code quote or afterwards.

So this is the main routine (at 0x21FC):

main     MOVEM.L A4-A6,-(A7)
         MOVE.L  D0,D7
         MOVE.L  #$31E,D0    ; need 798 bytes
         _NewPtr ,CL_SY      ; allocate requested amount of memory (D0) in system
                             ; heap (returned in A0) and initialize to zeroes
         TST     D0          ; success?
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; nope, exit.
         LEA     data2,A1    ; else
         MOVE.L  A0,(A1) ; Init A5 world and save into data2
         MOVEA.L A0,A5
         MOVE    #$A89F,D0   ; UnimplTrap
         _GetTrapAddress     ; (D0/trapNum:Word):A0\ProcPtr 
         MOVE.L  A0,$29C(A5) ; save the trap addr into 2 places 
         MOVE.L  A0,$2A0(A5) ; in the A5 world
         BSR     sysDetect   ; Jump to Machine detection routine 
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; success?
         MOVE.L  D7,D0
         JSR     4(A6)       ; We jump to the subroutine set in the detection routine
                             ; for the second time, this time offset 4...
			     ; i.e. we skip the 1st 'BRA' there
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; success?
         BSR     instFPSP    ; Install Motos FPSP
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; success?
         JSR     8(A6)       ; That's the 3rd call in the handler call cascade (needs hack for MacsBug!)
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; success?
         BSR     proc32      ; works (get some RSC strings)
         BSR     proc43      ; install traps
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; success?
         JSR     12(A6)      ; That's the 4th call in the handler call cascade
         BNE.S   lae_6       ; success?
         BSR     proc41      ; works (atalk?)
         BSR     proc42      ; VIA stuff and such - BOOM
         BSR     proc29
         MOVEM.L (A7)+,A4-A6
         MOVEQ   #0,D0

As you can see, there are 10 calls to subroutines- currently it crashes inside the 8th subroutine, currently called proc42… But let’s check these subroutines one by one.


This is the subroutine I had to “patch” to initially make the driver work with an SE/30. It starts at 0x2022 and does these things:

  • Check if the ‘Gestalt‘ trap is available at all (very good style!) else throw an error
  • If it is, read the machines Gestalt code into D0, throw an error if zero
  • Decide which ‘handler’ to choose given the Gestalt code.

Based on their Gestalt codes there are four groups of Macs defined in the following lines (0x204C – 0x20AC):

  • Mac II/IIx/IIcx — “dirty Macs”, not 32bit clean, no PDS
    • “Expansion I/O Space” from 0x51000000 to 0x5FFFFFFF
    •  the C040 installs with an adapter right into the CPU socket in the II/IIx/IIcx
    • SE/30 is also “dirty”, need mode32 or IIsi ROM in slot
    • these machines also use the GLUE chip to emulate the VIA2 like the SE/30
  • Mac IIvx, IIvi, IIvm — special kind of PDS slot
    • there’s no mentioning of support on the MicroMac page
  • Mac IIsi, IIci
    • Kind of interesting because the si has the same PDS slot like the SE/30
    • Uses the RBV (Ram Based Video) controller which emulates the VIA2
    • Therefore totally different memory layout (VRAM at 0x00000000 mapped by the MMU etc.)
  • Mac LC, LCII, Color Classic
    • These share the same LC-PDS slot

If your Mac is one of those (or patched at 0x2058), you’ll branch into sys_check: (0x20BA) which will make sure you run at least System 6.0.5, have virtual memory switched off and jumps into the selected handler code (address saved in A6) at 0x20EA  for the first time.

Here’s the code of what’s discussed above:

2022: sysDetect: MOVE.L  #$A0AD,D0  ; Gestalt
2028:         _GetTrapAddress newOS ; (D0/trapNum:Word):A0\ProcPtr 
202A:         MOVE.L  A0,D2
202C:         MOVE.L  #$A89F,D0     ; UnimplTrap
2032:         _GetTrapAddress newTool; (D0/trapNum:Word):A0\ProcPtr 
2034:         CMP.L   A0,D2
2036:         BEQ     OS_bad
203A:         MOVE.L  #'mach',D0
2040:         _Gestalt ; (A0/selector:OSType):D0\OSErr 
2042:         BNE     bad_conf      ; If we can't read it, fire general Error Msg
2046:         MOVE.L  A0,D0
2048:         MOVE.L  D0,2(A5)
; Check for several Mac models which are grouped into 3, each having its own handler routine. 
; 1) Mac II/IIx/IIcx 
; 2) IIvx, IIvi, IIvm 
; 3) IIsi, IIci     
; 4) LC, LCII, Color Classic
204C:         LEA     MacII_handler,A6   ; -- The dirty gang
2050:         CMPI.L  #6,D0        ; MacII 
2056:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2058:         CMPI.L  #7,D0        ; MacIIx - we replace this by the SE/30 #9
205E:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2060:         CMPI.L  #8,D0        ; IIcx
2066:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2068:         LEA     V_handler,A6   ; -- The "V" Macs.
206C:         CMPI.L  #48,D0       ; IIvx
2072:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2074:         CMPI.L  #44,D0       ; IIvi
207A:         BEQ.S   sys_check
207C:         CMPI.L  #45,D0       ; IIvm
2082:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2084:         LEA     IIci_handler,A6   ; -- IIci and IIsi
                                        ; BOTH share the same "Expansion I/O Space" (0x5300 0000)
2088:         CMPI.L  #11,D0       ; IIci
208E:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2090:         CMPI.L  #18,D0       ; IIsi 
2096:         BEQ.S   sys_check
2098:         LEA     LC_handler,A6    ; -- The LC-PDS family
209C:         CMPI.L  #19,D0       ; LC
20A2:         BEQ.S   sys_check
20A4:         CMPI.L  #37,D0       ; LCII
20AA:         BEQ.S   sys_check
20AC:         CMPI.L  #49,D0       ; Color Classic
20B2:         BEQ.S   sys_check
; Any other Model/Gestalt will bring up an error alert-box 
20B4:         MOVE    #$1B5B,D0    ; "Carrera040 does not support this Macintosh model."
20B8:         BRA.S   RET_err      ; -> "TST     D0 & RTS"
; We found a supported model, so keep on going checking for the OS version...
20BA: sys_check: MOVE.L  #'sysv',D0    ; Check OS version
20C0:         _Gestalt              ; (A0/selector:OSType):D0\OSErr 
20C2:         BNE.S   bad_conf      ; If we can't read it, fire general Error Msg
20C4:         MOVE.L  A0,D0
20C6:         CMPI    #$605,D0     ; System 6.0.5
20CA:         BGE.S   OS_ok        ; or greater
20CC: OS_bad: MOVE    #$1B5C,D0    ; "Carrera040 does not work with this version of the operating system."
20D0:         BRA.S   RET_err      ;
20D2: OS_ok:  MOVE.L  #'vm  ',D0   ; Check for enabled Virtual Memory
20D8:         _Gestalt             ; (A0/selector:OSType):D0\OSErr 
20DA:         BNE.S   bad_conf     ; If we can't read it, fire general Error Msg
20DC:         MOVE.L  A0,D0
20DE:         BTST    #0,D0
20E2:         BEQ.S   VM_ok
20E4:         MOVE    #$1B5D,D0    ; "Carrera040 does not work with Virtual Memory turned on. 
                                   ; Please turn off Virtual Memory in the Memory control panel and restart your Mac."
20E8:         BRA.S   RET_err
20EA: VM_ok:  JSR     (A6)         ; This is the actual HANDLER CALL, been set in $204C-$2098
20EC:         BNE.S   RET_err
20EE:         MOVE.B  34(A5),D0    ; 34(A5) seems to contanin the Jumper settings at the lowest 3 bits and only three of them are valid:
20F2:         CMPI.B  #7,D0        ; 7 -> 111
20F6:         BEQ.S   RET_ok
20F8:         CMPI.B  #6,D0        ; 6 -> 110
20FC:         BEQ.S   RET_ok
20FE:         CMPI.B  #5,D0        ; and 5 -> 101 
2102:         BEQ.S   RET_ok
2104:         MOVE    #$1B5E,D0    ; "Carrera040 does not recognize the jumper settings on the Speedster card. 
                                   ; Please check the settings against the manual.
2108:         BRA.S   RET_err
210A: RET_ok: MOVEQ   #0,D0        ; clear D0 (no errors)
210C:RET_err: TST     D0           ; Set the Z-Flag (D0 contains Err-Code) and
210E:         RTS                  ; return from Subroutine
2110:bad_conf:MOVE    #$1B5A,D0    ; "Carrera040 does not support your system configuration."
2114:         BRA     RET_err

Yes, there’s also stuff after the call to the handler, but let’s check that handler first.
As said in the beginning, I chose to take the “IIx route”. The MacII_handler code is actually just another vector jump-table which will later be used with offsets:

414E:  MacII_handler:  BRA   MacII_1st ; From II, IIx & IIcx
4152:                  BRA     MacII_2nd
4156:                  BRA     MacII_3rd
415A:                  BRA     MacII_4th

Let’s have a look into the first call MacII_1st:

3D14:  MacII_1st  MOVEM.L D1-D3/A0-A2/A6,-(A7) ; 1st call from MacII handler
3D18:           PUSH.L  8
3D1C:           LEA     data105,A0
3D20:           MOVE.L  A0,8       ; Is that the Bus Error Handler at 0x00000008?
3D24:           MOVE    #$1B5F,D3  ; 7007
3D28:           MOVEQ   #1,D0
3D2A:           _SwapMMUMode  
3D2C:           PUSH.B  D0
3D2E:           MOVEA.L A7,A6
3D30:           BSR     read_5300k2
3D34:           MOVEQ   #0,D3
3D36:  data105  MOVEA.L A6,A7
3D38:           POP.B   D0
3D3A:           _SwapMMUMode  
3D3C:           POP.L   8
3D40:           MOVEQ   #0,D0   ; ?
3D42:           MOVE    D3,D0   ; overwriting?
3D44:           BNE.S   lae_153
3D46:           MOVEM.L D1-D2/A0-A2,-(A7)
3D4A:           LEA     53_cmd_0,A0
3D4E:           MOVE.L  A0,6(A5)
3D52:           LEA     53_cmd_1x,A0
3D56:           MOVE.L  A0,10(A5)
3D5A:           LEA     read_5300k2,A0
3D5E:           MOVE.L  A0,14(A5)
3D62:           LEA     53_cmd_5.3,A0
3D66:           MOVE.L  A0,18(A5)
3D6A:           LEA     53_cmd_5.1,A0
3D6E:           MOVE.L  A0,26(A5)
3D72:           LEA     53_cmd_5.3.5.1,A0
3D76:           MOVE.L  A0,22(A5)
3D7A:           MOVEM.L (A7)+,D1-D2/A0-A2
3D7E:           BSR     read_5300k2
3D82:           ANDI.B  #7,D0
3D86:           MOVE.B  D0,34(A5)
3D8A:           MOVEQ   #0,D0
3D8C:  lae_153: MOVEM.L (A7)+,D1-D3/A0-A2/A6
3D90:           TST     D0
3D92:           RTS

As you can see, even in such simple and short subroutines are some things I just don’t get? For example why is the effective address of data105 written to 0x8? Is that replacing the Error Handler in the VBR?
Anyhow, I think I got the overall meaning of the rest of it. What happens is this:

After switching into 32bit mode (_SwapMMUMode) it reads a longword from 0x53000000. As initially mentioned, the C040 is mapped to this address. There are 2 identical functions to read from there, that’s why this one here called read_5300k2.
It looks like reading is sufficient because the result (returned in D7) is immediately overwritten by a pop. Also that BNE after two moves is beyond me (0x3D40)…  OTOH the rest of the code is pretty clear: It’s ‘populating’ the A5-world with subroutines I’d call 53-commands. These commands write a specific byte sequence to 0x53000000, obviously communicating with the C040. For better understanding I’ve named them e.g. 53_cmd_5.3.5.1 meaning writing 5, then 3, then 5 and finally 1 to this address.
At the end, 0x5300k is read again, this time the result is masked to the last bit and written to 34(A5) – this represents the C040 jumper-settings by the way.  Return from Subroutine…

Back in sys_check: this jumper-setting will be checked immediately for three valid settings: 111, 110 or 101 representing the supported CPU types (68040,68LC040,68EC040). If the setting is ok we’re done with sysDetect:and return to main:.

2nd handler

Located at 0x3D94 this is kind of  a ’50/50 subroutine’. One half is totally obvious (check RAM, ROM and addressing mode) and the other half is all greek to me… e.g. what is all that PUSHing about? There’s not a single POP inside this routine (or subroutines call from within).  Here’s a wild guess of mine:
It looks like 1 to 4  ‘RAM range triplets’ being pushed onto the stack and after that gestaltPhysicalRAMSize (#’ram ‘) is called, for example:

    3D9A:          CLR.L   -(A7) ; faster 'PUSH.L #00000000'
    3D9C:          CLR.L   -(A7) ; PUSH.L #00000000
    3D9E:          CLR.L   -(A7) ; PUSH.L #00000000
    3DA0:          PUSH.L  #$100000
    3DA6:          PUSH.L  #$50F00041
    3DAC:          PUSH.L  #$50F00000
    3DB2:          PUSH.L  #$2000
    3DB8:          PUSH.L  #$53000041
    3DBE:          PUSH.L  #$53000000
    3DC4:          PUSH.L  #$2000
    3DCA:          PUSH.L  #1
    3DD0:          PUSH.L  #$53002000
    3DD6:         MOVE.L  #'ram ',D0  ; Returns the number of bytes of the physical RAM 
    3DDC:         _Gestalt ; (A0/selector:OSType):D0\OSErr

But the gestaltPhysicalRAMSize call does not take parameters and simply returns the amount of available RAM.

The good thing is, this sub-routine works flawlessly on the SE/30 and we can move on…


instFPSP is the next call in line. I’m not going to discuss this code in detail because it actually doesn’t do much. Still there are many inline comments in this routine if you like to know more. Here’s the background:

The FPU in the 68040 was made incapable of IEEE transcendental functions, which had been supported by both the 68881 and 68882 and were used by the popular  fractal generating software of the time and little else.  The Motorola floating point support package (FPSP) emulated these instructions  in software under interrupt. As this was an exception handler, heavy use of  the transcendental functions caused severe performance penalties.

TLDR; Check for FPU(type) and load the FPSP code from the resource-fork into RAM. Done. Return to main:.

Phew, that’s it for now. In the next post/chapter we’ll touch the 3rd handler, which was really hard to decipher but interesting stuff to learn, too.

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