If you don't know what VBlank is, pretend I'm hitting you with a trout. If you do know what VBlank is, pretend I'm hitting you with a trout. If you have no idea what a trout has to do with the NES, pretend I'm hitting you with a trout.
Now that we have an imaginary fish stench in the room, let's learn a better way to sync with VBlank.
How do we use it?
First, we have a label, say 'VBlank_Routine', so we put it in the addresses in Bank 1 at $FFFA. Like so:
.dw VBlank_Routine ; address to execute on VBlank
.dw Start ; address to execute at RESET.
.dw 0 ; address to execute during a BRK instruction (Another Day, Another time).
.bank 0 .org $0000 ;variables VBlankOrNo .db 0 .org $8000 ;code VBlank_Routine: ;start of function to execute on VBlank inc VBlankOrNo ; add one (1) to VBlankOrNo, will be 1 if VBlank, 0 if not. rti ; RTI is (Interrupt RETurn or ReTurn from Interrupt)
Start: ;start of main code ;blah some code ;waitforvblank: old code ; lda $2002 old code ; bpl waitforvblank old code ; the new code is :
WaitForVBlank: lda VBlankOrNo ; A = VBlankOrNO cmp #1 ; if A == 1 then is VBlank bne WaitForVBlank ; if not VBlank, then loop and do again dec VBlankOrNo ; 1– or VBlankOrNO - 1 . VBlankOrNo will be 0 again.
; blah, code as usual. </code>
I hope you get the general idea. I may have gotten something backwards or something, so if you know this is wrong, please tell me (I'm tired and may have not typed right!).
UPDATE: Don't forget to set the "Generate VBlank bit" in one of the PPU Control ports! (it's bit 7 of one of them, I think).
This Day In Review
This method will, appearantely, be much more stable than our old loop.
-Mike H a.k.a GbaGuy