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Visual Studio 2013

Debugging PCI bus with Windows CE
This time I will write about something I don't understand :-( Or at least not completely. Some time ago I was debugging a new Intel hardware platform (Adlink ETX-BT, Celeron J1900) and I experienced unexpected hangups during boot of the DEBUG version of my WINCE800 image. The RELEASE version never gave problems and started properly. After narrowing down the problem, I came across this piece of code inside PCIBUS.DLL (pcicfg.c line ±800) ... // Set the bus numbers & secondary latency // Need to ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:56 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Visual Studio 2013 Intel PCI Debugging ]

On Demand Paging in Windows CE
Recently I was working on a tool program that allowed me to read/rewrite the complete binary image of a drive (HDD) in Windows CE 8 (Compact Edition 2013). We use this program to restore a complete image to a (bootable) drive as part of the software upgrade of our device/application. At some part of writing the image to the drive, the program itself crashed with an AV while reading a static const array of integers. Debugging with Visual Studio 2012 showed that at that particular place half of the ......

Posted On Monday, May 25, 2015 2:05 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact RTOS Visual Studio 2012 Visual Studio 2013 ]

HPET for x86 BSP (how to build it for WCE8)
"I needed a timer". That is how we started a few blogs ago our series about APIC and ACPI. Well, here it is. HPET (High Precision Event Timer) was introduced by Intel in early 2000 to: Replace old style Intel 8253 (1981!) and 8254 timers Support more accurate timers that could be used for multimedia purposes. Hence Microsoft and Intel sometimes refers to HPET as Multimedia timers. An HPET chip consists of a 64-bit up-counter (main counter) counting at a frequency of at least 10 MHz, and a set of ......

Posted On Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:02 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact RTOS APIC ACPI Visual Studio 2013 HPET ]

APIC for x86 BSP (how to build it for WCE8)
As promised I will talk about how to replace the “old” PIC (Peripheral Interrupt Controller) with the “new” APIC (Advanced Peripheral Interrupt Controller) in a CEPC (x86) BSP. I will refer to the “MyBSP” BSP in my explanation, your clone of the CEPC BSP. As APIC is mostly only available for (Intel) x86 platforms, this talk will only be valid for x86, not ARM. The Windows CE Boot to Kernel startup phase There are a few good MSDN links that explain quite a bit about the Windows CE startup phase. This ......

Posted On Monday, June 23, 2014 8:39 PM | Comments (7) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Embedded RTOS Microsoft APIC ACPI ACPICA BSP Visual Studio 2013 ]

Installing the Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update for Visual Studio 2013
I wanted to install the Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update that is compatible with Visual Studio 2013. But I discovered that the install process is poorly described. What follows is what I found out (most of it) myself. The Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 download link itself has been updated with a more recent image named “Windows Compact Edition 2013 Update 5”. So you just need to re-download through the original link where you could find the original image (year 2012). I installed ......

Posted On Sunday, April 27, 2014 7:45 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Smart Device application Visual Studio 2013 ]

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