|09h||BT$NOF||switches off NMIs to the processor (system time is preserved)|
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This system service routine switches off NMIs to the processor in such a way that the system time will be preserved.
The NMI interrupt is generated from the semi-custom chip every second to provide a very accurate system clock. When NMIs are switched off the processor, an internal counter in the semi-custom chip is connected to the NMI line so that NMIs can still be counted. This service ensures that the counter in the semi-custom chip is reset properly so that on switching NMIs back to the processor the time can be updated properly. In order to do this it is imperative that the BT$NON service is used to switch on NMIs. The maximum time that can be stored in the counter is 2048 seconds, so BT$NON must be called before this time has elapsed.
There is a disadvantage to this pair of services, in that on restoring NMIs to the processor the BT$NON service must wait for the first NMI before counting the number of NMIs that have occurred while NMIs were switched off. This means that depending on when in the cycle the BT$NON service is called a delay of between 0 and 1 second can occur. See chapter 10 for more information on the timing services.
Finally note that the counter used to count NMIs when they are disabled from the processor is also used to scan the keyboard and as such any keyboard interrupt occurring after BT$NOF has been called will destroy the NMI counter. Thus to disable NMIs and preserve the system time, interrupts should also be disabled before calling BT$NOF. Keyboard services must not be called, as they will poll the keyboard directly when interrupts are disabled.
TPA ; GET CURRENT STATUS PSHA ; SAVE IT SEI ; DISABLE INTERRUPTS OS BT$NOF ; SWITCH NMIS OFF. ; CODE PERFORMED WITH NO INTERRUPTS OCCURRING. OS BT$NON ; SWITCH NMIS BACK ON AND UPDATE TIME. PULA ; RESTORE PREVIOUS STATUS TAP ; SET STATUS REGISTER
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