Category Archives: Bugs

More on NX Insanity

This article was supposed to be published about two years ago but got forgotten and ignored until now. It’s not the only such article. Perhaps it will start a new “better published late than never” series. After looking more closely … Continue reading

Posted in AMD, Bugs, Intel, Microsoft | 13 Comments

Same Old Disk Bug

After I Kryofluxed my MS OS/2 SDK 1.01 disks, I once again tried installing the OS in a VM. While the system booted up fine, it stubbornly refused to get past FORMAT. At the end, after going through all the … Continue reading

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NetWare 3.12 vs. Large IDE Disks

Recently I had an occasion to find out why NetWare 3.12 using the shipped IDE driver (IDE.DSK) behaves, very, very strangely when let loose on disks bigger than about 500MB (a very foolish thing to even try). The driver loaded … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, IDE, NetWare, PC history | 46 Comments

Crazy World

After I successfully upgraded two Windows 10 VMs to the 1809 release at the beginning of October, I tried to do the same with more VMs and an actual laptop this week. But I couldn’t, no update was offered. While … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, Microsoft, Random Thoughts, Windows | 9 Comments

The History of a Security Hole

Warning: If you do not care for the finer points of x86 architecture, please stop reading right now—in the interest of your own sanity. A while ago I was made aware of a strange problem causing a normal user process … Continue reading

Posted in 386, BSD, Bugs, Documentation, PC history | 44 Comments

Three Weeks

I happen to own several old laptops, now about 10 years old, that had the misfortune of being delivered with a Windows Vista license and matching Windows Vista OEM installations on their recovery partitions/media. About a year ago, I noticed … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, Microsoft, Windows | 27 Comments

ANOMALY: meaningless REX prefix used

While trying to get work done, I was confronted by several disturbing messages printed on the console of a 64-bit Windows 7 system: [0x7FEEFEFAAA0] ANOMALY: meaningless REX prefix used [0x7FEEFEE48C0] ANOMALY: meaningless REX prefix used [0x7FEEFEE54B0] ANOMALY: meaningless REX prefix used This … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, Debugging | 9 Comments

Troubled Time

This is not an article about current affairs Over the last few weeks, I had several interesting run-ins with time, specifically how time is represented and processed by computers. Deep down it’s really all about a clash of human culture … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, PC history, Random Thoughts | 18 Comments

EXEPACK and the A20-Gate

In 1991, DOS 5.0 brought about what’s perhaps the most common manifestation of A20 control trouble… Packed file is corrupt Microsoft published a KB article about this infamous error, but its author clearly did not understand the true cause of the … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, Microsoft, PC history | 17 Comments

Pascal Out Of Memory

Suppose you want to run the original 1981 vintage IBM Pascal 1.0 (supplied by Microsoft) on a PC that is less than 30 years old. Upon execution, PAS1.EXE may well fail with the following error: Error: Compiler Out Of Memory … Continue reading

Posted in Bugs, Corrections, IBM, Microsoft, PC history | 40 Comments