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Krabby



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Krabby
Hello,
I’m new to Assembly and decided to take a crack at it on my Compaq Portable,
I like the sound of the FASM assembler so I decided to download it for the machine,

My problem is the whole package is over a 1200kb,
Unfortunately my computer only has 360K disk drives,
I was wondering how, if possible, I could divide the folder into different 360K directory’s to be written onto disks,

I am new so I am not too sure which bits are necessary, I would assume due to the size that some of the INC files inside the source folder is required but not too sure which ones considering one says "Win32" and I’m working on a 8088.

Thanks if you can provide assistance!
Post 24 Sep 2012, 09:54
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revolution
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revolution
fasm is a 32-bit program and requires a 80386 CPU or higher. It won't work on an 8088 machine.
Post 24 Sep 2012, 10:03
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Krabby



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revolution wrote:
fasm is a 32-bit program and requires a 80386 CPU or higher. It won't work on an 8088 machine.


Oh Darn,
That is a shame,
I had a feeling I read that somewhere,
I liked the sound of a low-level assembler,

What assembler would you suggest for such a machine?
I am going to research YASM,

Thanks,
Post 24 Sep 2012, 10:46
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ACP



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ACP
You just need to cross compile in order to use TASM. If you want to assemble directy on your target host try A86 assembler.
Post 24 Sep 2012, 11:12
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JohnFound



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There was an excellent assembler for 8088 machines. The name is TASM by SpeedWare company. (It is not the same as TASM from Borland).
It still can be downloaded from abandon-ware web sites. Search for "TASM by SpeedWare".
It is integrated with editor and can directly compile .com files.
Post 24 Sep 2012, 11:15
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Krabby



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Krabby
ACP wrote:
You just need to cross compile in order to use TASM. If you want to assemble directy on your target host try A86 assembler.


Hello,
I heard that ASM86 was the first 'real' assembler for the x86,
It was used on the ISIS and later DOS,
I think the copy I have is the correct one, I will check later,
Apparently it is what other assemblers based their syntax off,
Some of the documentation I have for it states there is a programming guide for it but I am yet to find it,

I really wanted to stick to one language which would be compatible with 64-bit systems,
How hard is it to switch between languages?
Post 24 Sep 2012, 11:34
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ACP



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Krabby wrote:

I heard that ASM86 was the first 'real' assembler for the x86,


A86 is a different assembler - you can find it here: http://eji.com/a86/#OverviewA86

What you are referring to is this: http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/intel/ISIS_II/121628-003_ASM86_Macro_Assembler_Operating_Instructions_Sep82.pdf
Post 24 Sep 2012, 19:43
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Krabby wrote:
revolution wrote:
fasm is a 32-bit program and requires a 80386 CPU or higher. It won't work on an 8088 machine.

What assembler would you suggest for such a machine?


NASM 16-bit versions:

sf.net/projects/nasm/files/DOS%2016-bit%20binaries%20(OBSOLETE)/

Cm reportedly had newer 16-bit NASM binaries: http://www.bttr-software.de/forum/board_entry.php?id=8617#p8617

What OS does it have? Please test FreeDOS (without UIDE, JAM386, DOSNTLFN, and other >= 386 junk) and report results in FreeDOS list or BTTR forum Smile
Post 25 Sep 2012, 03:39
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