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#1 Mike   Members   -  Reputation: 140

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Posted 23 August 1999 - 10:42 AM

I’ve been trying to figure out a problem that I’ve been having with my current 2D engine, and I simply cannot find the problem with my code. I’m not saying my code is perfect, I know something is wrong, I just don’t know what it is.

In my frustration, I’ve made post on this message board before. However, no one is ever willing to really help me out. I get plenty of replies like “I looks like maybe…”, or “Sounds to me like…”, but no one will look at my code and actually help me find the problem. Please do not reply to this post with thinks like “maybe it’s…”. Just reply to this post or E-mail me if you’ve downloaded my source code, run the program, seen the problem, and hopefully found the fault in my code.

I’m not asking for to much here. My code is object oriented (meaning I use classes), and all of the DirectX code can be found in the DirectX manager .CPP file. More specifically, the code to flip the back buffer and the primary surface can be found in the flip surfaces function, and the direct draw setup can be found in the setup direct draw function. Although not extensively commented, my code is neet.

Now for the actual problem I’m having with my code. When the game is run, as the fighters move across the screen, they appear to be shaking very fast (you quickly see what I mean if your download and run the game). I’ve tested to see if for some reason the fighter’s x position is randomly increasing and decreasing as you move left (or right), but it does not. I’ve now spent two weeks on the problem and I cannot find the source of the flaw.

I’ve programmed the game using Visual C++ 6.0, and DirectX 6.0. I use only two direct draw surfaces, the primary surface, and the back buffer. To store all of my images I use arrays of unsigned short (it is a 16 Bit game, full screen). I’m trying to write a software only engine, and I want to code my own drawing routines and the like. Thusly, please do not reply with ideas like “Just use BltFast”, or “Use the hardware”.

I hope someone can actually help me, and not just guess at the problem.

You can download the source code and needed animation files from the following location: http://mike010.hypermart.net/source.zip . Please note that if you wish to debug the game, you can change it to a windowed mode application by change the true to a false on line 190 of the win_main.cpp file.


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#2 JDS Games   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 23 August 1999 - 09:34 AM

Mike,

I am looking at your code... it seems that your not taking into account the fact that in 16 bit modes, the pixel format can be several formats, the most common being 555 and 565, plus the layout in memory is different for different cards. This is why people have suggested using blt because it automatically take care of the pixel format conversion for you. Plus, if your surface is in vidram, any hardware acceleration that is present.

If you want to write to the buffer yourself, you have to find out the surface pixel format and use this info when you write the pixel data to the surface. Also you have to take in consideration the surface layout, it is going to be different from card to card. When you lock a surface you get the pitch of that surface which is how may pixels you have to move to get to the next line.

I sent to your e-mail address my ddutils file that has stuff for working with 16 bit surfaces, finding the pixel format, fades/cross fades and so forth.

Let me know if you have any questions about it. E-mail me. jdsgames@jdsgames.com or jdsgames@netzero.net

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Jarrod Davis


#3 Pryankster   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 23 August 1999 - 10:42 AM

When I tried to run the program on my machine, I get a kinda greenish screen and the graphics are all whacked as far as colors are concerned. I don't see any jumping of the graphics when moving them back and forth, however. I don't have time to look at the source code right now, but I'll take a look later ...

(Why bother using DX if you're going to write your own blit routines? I could understand if they were special alpha blits or other special effects blits, but just a std blit? why handicap your program on MOST machines? the DX HEL isn't THAT bad ...)

-- Pryankster





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