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Turn Off Caps Lock (Dos C Program)

Posted on 1997-12-18
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I have a c DOS program running on an old 386 and need to turn off the caps lock. How do I do this? (C or Assembly)
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To change the status of your keyboard you have the change to bios-values at 0x0040:0x0017

set_flag (int flag)
{
    char far *pflag;

    pflag = (char far *) (((unsigned long)0x40)<<16+(unsigned long) 0x17);

    *pflag |=flag
    _asm {
        mov ah,1
        int 16h
     }
}
clear_flag (int flag)
{
    char far *pflag;

    pflag = (char far *) (((unsigned long)0x40)<<16+(unsigned long) 0x17);

    *pflag &= ˜flag;
    _asm {
        mov ah,1
        int 16h
     }
}

flag = 16 Scroll lock
flag = 32 Num Lock
flag = 64 Caps Lock
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by:mikeu
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when I try your example in code view the value of the pointer pflag seems to be 0000:2000  not 0040:0017 ?!? am I just being stupid and missing something? Thanks for any Info
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by:mikeu
ID: 1256735
This works pflag = (char far *)0x00000417L

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by:mikeu
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Very strange behavior. Which compiler to you use?
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by:rbr
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Sorry, was a mistake of my book. Use instead of "<< 16" "* 16L" or "<< 4". This should work.
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by:rbr
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I use Microsoft vc++ 1.52 for my dos stuff and 5.0 for windows.
I tried the *16L and it seems to work.
Thanks for your help
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