Apple IIgs #49
Rebooting (Really)

Revised by Matt Deatherage (January 1989)
Written by Matt Deatherage & Jim Merritt (November 1988)

This Technical Note discusses rebooting the Apple IIGS from software.

Changed since November 1988: Corrected two assembly-language instructions in the FROMNATV routine in the example code.


In days gone by, many Apple II applications had a Quit menu option. Unfortunately, a large number of these simply rebooted the machine. Today, this is far from desirable. Even with the advantages of GS/OS-reduced booting time (around 34 seconds with an Apple 3.5 Drive), waiting for the operating system to reload, as well as wiping out any ongoing tasks by desk accessories (such as an alarm clock) makes the standard ProDOS 8 or GS/OS QUIT call much more attractive.

However, there are still instances where an application may wish to require the user to reboot. A common example might be a game. The game might use GS/OS in a completely standard way, but if you QUIT from the program GS/OS booted into, you will be returned to the same program. Since most applications will boot into the Finder, this is not a widespread problem. However, the Finder must also provide the reboot option, and alternate program selector applications may wish to provide this functionality as well.

The Easy Way

GS/OS provides a mechanism for rebooting with the OSShutdown call. This call, documented in GS/OS Reference, Volume 1, will either reboot the system (after first shutting down all loaded and generated drivers and closing all open sessions) or will shut down everything and present a dialog box which states, "You may now power down your Apple IIGS safely." A Restart button is provided which allows the user to reboot without pressing Control-Open Apple-Reset.

Note: When using System Disk 4.0, if the Window Manager is active when you issue the OSShutdown call, there must be at least one open window; it need not be visible, but it must be open. This will be fixed in the next revision of GS/OS.

The OSShutdown call also provides a way to resize the internal RAM disk (named /RAM5 by default). Most programs have absolutely no need to use this mechanism, and should avoid it whenever possible. A notable exception would be a third-party RAM disk utility which uses a battery backup, which may need to make changes which require resizing the RAM disk. Of course, such a utility should ask the user to ensure that erasing the RAM disk content is acceptable. Resizing the RAM disk is only possible when using the OSShutdown call; any other method you may be using to accomplish this function from software will break in the future.

If you are using GS/OS, you should always use OSShutdown. You must not reboot the system in any other fashion. The OSShutdown mechanism provides a convenient and supported way to restart or shut down the system. Doing it another way can easily cause a loss of data.

The Hard Way

Programs not using GS/OS have a little more work to do. The supported non-GS/OS method of rebooting is similar to the method used on 8-bit machines: change the value of POWERUP ($00/03F4) and do a long jump to RESET ($FA62). However, there are a few catches:

  1. The jump must be made in emulation mode.
  2. Interrupts must be disabled.
  3. The data bank register must be set to zero.
  4. The direct page must be zero.
  5. ROM firmware must be visible in the memory map.
  6. Internal interrupt sources (such as the ones for AppleTalk) must be shut down.

Simply disabling interrupts without shutting down AppleTalk interrupt sources inside the system will cause the system to hang when the jump to RESET is made. Turning off these internal interrupt sources is accomplished by changing softswitch values at $C039 (SCCAREG), $C041 (INTEN), and $C047 (CLRVBLINT).

The following code example demonstrates the correct method:


POWRUP       equ    $0003F4    ;the power-up byte in bank zero
STATEREG     equ    $C068      ;ROM/RAM state register
CLRVBLINT    equ    $C047      ;clear VBL interrupt flags register
INTEN        equ    $C041      ;interrupt enable register
SCCAREG      equ    $C039      ;SCC register
RESET        equ    $00FA62    ;ROM reset entry point
;
FROMNATV     anop              ;enter here from native mode
             sei               ;disable interrupts
             pea    0
             pea    0          ;push four zero bytes on the stack
             plb               ;pull data bank register
             plb               ;(twice to balance the stack)
             pld               ;pull 16-bit data bank register
             sec    
             xce               ;go into emulation mode
             longa    off
             longi    off
FROMEMUL     anop              ;enter here from emulation mode
             sei               ;disable interrupts for people entering here
             dec    POWRUP     ;invalidate the power up byte
             lda    #$0C       ;ROM parameters
             sta    STATEREG   ;swap in the ROM and everything else out
             stz    CLRVBLINT  ;clear VBL interrupts
             stz    INTEN      ;turn off internal interrupt sources
             lda    #$09
             sta    SCCAREG    ;shut down SCC interrupt sources
             lda    #$C0
             sta    SCCAREG
             jml    RESET      ;and off we go into the wild blue yonder

These methods of restarting the system are presented for those applications that absolutely must do so. Rebooting is not a suggested way of ending an application and the techniques described in this Note should be used with extreme caution.

Further Reference


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