Compass: Where and how to get it?

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By Mirg

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26-09-2005, 09:00

I'd like to give Compass a try. WBASS2 is very nice, but I'm having a hard time coming up with decent 6-character labels. Compass allows longer ones, right? Plus, I don't know what I'm missing if I don't try out different assemblers.

Problem, though. I have no clue where to buy / download Compass or what the current version number is. Did version 2.0 ever get released? The Compjoetania website was last updated somewhere in 1999. Question

Are there any other MSX assemblers (I have a Mac, so cross-assembling is a bit too hard for me and my very limited knowledge of Unix) I should try out? As far as I understand, most people use either WBASS2 or Compass, with Compass having the most users, right?

Thanks in advance. Smile

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By BiFi

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26-09-2005, 10:16

AFAIK Compass (1.2.9) is still available @ Stichting "Sunrise". Version 2.0 is still far away from ready and many kinda doubt if it ever will be. :/

Z80 assemblers for MSX:

  • M80/L80 (ASCII)
  • Gen80 (Devpac80)
  • WB-Ass2
  • Compass
  • ZAS (BASIC assembler)
  • ZASM

By ARTRAG

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26-09-2005, 10:19

Use sjasm !!!
It is a good cross assember that allows you to use cmd line, you txt editor
and (using dirasdisk option) any MSX emulator!!

By BiFi

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26-09-2005, 10:39

Apparently reading isn't really one of the things you can do best Wink

We're not talking about cross-assemblers here... he specifically mentioned that, since he's a Mac user.

By norakomi

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26-09-2005, 11:12


Are there any other MSX assemblers?

I have a couple of assemblers, which I can give you....
you gotta ask around which one is good for your purposes.

* basicxasm
* champ
* gen80 devpac
* m80
* sjasm
* tasm
* triasm
* zasm
* TI assembler
* zem

(next to that I have some dissasemblers)

By norakomi

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26-09-2005, 11:13

Apparently reading isn't really one of the things you can do best Wink

We're not talking about cross-assemblers here... he specifically mentioned that, since he's a Mac user.
oeps, !!! ok, no cross-assembling

By Manuel

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26-09-2005, 11:17

Why no cross assembling? Assemblers like sjasm, pasmo and z80asm (by shevek) will compile fine for Mac OS X and can thus be used on it. It's not hard Smile

By Mirg

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26-09-2005, 14:18

BiFi: Thanks. I'll try contacting Sunrise about it. Smile

manuel: I'll try compiling some cross-assemblers. I hope I can get them to work. I like coding on my real MSX a bit too much, though, so I'll probably end up using my trusty old F700D. Smile

How does Champ work, by the way? I have a cartridge for it. It was in a box of loose MSX related junk when I bought a secondhand MSX2 from someone a couple of years back. The cartridge doesn't really do anything when I insert it into a slot, though.

By turbor

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26-09-2005, 22:11

Sunrise only distributed Compass 1.0 (made by Compjoetania)
We did distribute Compass 1.2 (made by C-TNG) by our own means.
Compass 2.0 its only unfinished part is the editor, but for an exact status update you should ask Jon about it @ the next Bussum fair Wink

By Mirg

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26-09-2005, 22:24

turbor: Is Compass 1.2 still sold? If so, I'd gladly buy a copy. If not, is there a way to get it legally? Thanks in advance, and I'll surely ask Jon about Compass 2.0. Smile

EDIT: [Dutch] Ik zie net je mailtje binnenkomen. Ik reply op je e-mail, da's makkelijker denk ik. Smile

By HansO

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26-09-2005, 22:45

How does Champ work, by the way? I have a cartridge for it. It was in a box of loose MSX related junk when I bought a secondhand MSX2 from someone a couple of years back. The cartridge doesn't really do anything when I insert it into a slot, though.
The CHAMP I know is a cassette tape program. The docs are on the Programming Info on my site. Not the best assembler program Smile but nice for a MSX-1 without disk drives.
On your Sony Compass 1.2 will run fine. Oh, set your 7 MHz switch on when editing/assembling and off when testing Smile

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