Real Mode

Real mode, also called real address mode, is an operating mode of all x86-compatible CPUs Real mode is characterized by a 20 bit segmented memory address space (giving exactly 1 MiB of addressable memory) and unlimited direct software access to all memory, I/O addresses and peripheral hardware. Real mode provides no support for memory protection, multitasking, or code privilege levels. Before the release of the 80286, which introduced Protected mode, real mode was the only available mode for x86 CPUs. In the interests of backwards compatibility, all x86 CPUs start in real mode when reset.

Read more about Real Mode:  History, Addressing Capacity, A20 Line, Switching To Real Mode

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