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NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:27 pm
by DementedPurple
So I just got NESICIDE and I'm trying to make a game. When I click assemble it says "Nothing to build, no linker config file specified. Go to Project menu, select Project Properties, and switch to the Linker tab to add one." I honestly have no idea what a linker is, so could someone please help me?

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:36 pm
by rainwarrior
The easiest thing to do is to look for an example project with a .cfg file and use that.

The linker config file is used during the assembly process to control the layout of your ROM file. Basically just what data goes where. There are a lot of different mappers used for the NES, and they each have a different set of needs, in this respect.

Probably most examples would be using a config suitable for the NROM (simplest possible) mapper. That's what should usually be recommended as a starting point.

As far as what a linker is, the assembler used has two phases. In the assembly phase, it turns your assembly code into "object" files, which are basically machine code blobs, a direct translation of the stuff in your assembly files. The linker phase combines those object blobs into your finished ROM ("linking" them all together).

If you want to dig deeper into it, there's documentation about linker config files here:
http://cc65.github.io/doc/ld65.html#s5

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:31 pm
by DementedPurple
Do you know how I could make one?

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:16 pm
by rainwarrior
There's an NROM one in my example here: viewtopic.php?t=11151

As far as learning to make one yourself, that depends on what you already know. How to lay out your ROM and memory regions depends on a lot of stuff. The iNES file format, the NES CPU memory map, the PPU memory map, and knowledge of the particular mapper you're using are all relevant. The example is for the NROM mapper, which is the recommended one to use when learning.

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:47 am
by cpow
DementedPurple wrote:So I just got NESICIDE and I'm trying to make a game. When I click assemble it says "Nothing to build, no linker config file specified. Go to Project menu, select Project Properties, and switch to the Linker tab to add one." I honestly have no idea what a linker is, so could someone please help me?
Did you create your project using one of the built-in templates? If so, the linker should have been configured properly.

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:51 pm
by DementedPurple
I couldn't get the linker to work with my game, and I couldn't find the pre-made linkers in NESICIDE.

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:18 pm
by tepples
What exact error message are you getting? Or are you pushing a button to absolutely no visible effect?

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:58 pm
by DementedPurple
tepples wrote:What exact error message are you getting? Or are you pushing a button to absolutely no visible effect?
It used to say something else before, but I tried using the linker given by RainWarrior and now all it says is "build failed".

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:44 pm
by cpow
I've got some spare time to devote to this. I've been plagued with a QScintilla runtime crash for quite a while that's prevented me from having enough interest/energy to plow through and put out a new version. In the past few hours I've resolved that. I am now looking to make a package release for at least Windows. I will install and verify on a fresh PC that I can start a NROM template project, compile, load, and run it. Stay tuned.

One thing I noticed is that the cc65 toolchain I'd been trying to use in Windows was last compiled in OSX. :oops: :roll: I'm rebuilding that now in Windows...which will hopefully fix it completely for me...in Windows. :beer:

In case anyone is curious RE my absence from the NESdev scene. I haven't forgotten ya'll. I'm still a nostalgic mess for NES thru-and-thru. Just been very busy in other pursuits. I'm currently seeking angel funding to help me go-live with a music-based social media app. Oh. And I'm changing jobs in a week or so. Going to work on hearing aids.

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:13 pm
by cpow
Here it is working in OSX. I will have a Windows build tomorrow.
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Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:08 pm
by DementedPurple
Do you have a link where I could download it?

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:46 pm
by cpow
DementedPurple wrote:Do you have a link where I could download it?
Which version? Windows? OSX?

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:52 pm
by DementedPurple
cpow wrote:
DementedPurple wrote:Do you have a link where I could download it?
Which version? Windows? OSX?
Windows

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:00 pm
by cpow
DementedPurple wrote:
cpow wrote:
DementedPurple wrote:Do you have a link where I could download it?
Which version? Windows? OSX?
Windows
I only have Windows at work so unfortunately won't be able to get it until Monday now.

Re: NESICIDE won't assemble

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:01 pm
by DementedPurple
Could you respond when it's done? thanks!