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# Looks like NORMAL semantic causes an exception in Visual Studio

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Hello guys, I must have some sort of magnet for this kind of error. I have the following code in my effect:

uniform float4x4 w;uniform float4x4 wv;uniform float4x4 wvp;uniform float4x4 wvpToTex;uniform float4 lightPositionsW[4];uniform float4 lightColors[4];uniform float4 lightDirsW[4];uniform int nLights;void VSLighting(	float4 iPosition : POSITION,	float3 iNormal : NORMAL,	float4 iColor : COLOR0,		out float4 oPositionWVP : POSITION,	out float4 oPositionWVP_TC : TEXCOORD3,	out float4 oPositionW : TEXCOORD1,	out float3 oNormalWV : TEXCOORD0,	out float3 oNormalW : TEXCOORD2,	out float4 oColor : COLOR0){	oPositionWVP = mul(iPosition, wvp);	oPositionWVP_TC = mul(iPosition, wvp);	oPositionW = mul(iPosition, w);	oNormalWV = mul(iNormal, wv);	oNormalW = mul(iNormal, w);	oColor = iColor;}void PSLighting(	float4 iPositionWVP : POSITION,	float4 iPositionWVP_TC : TEXCOORD3,	float4 iPositionW : TEXCOORD1,	float3 iNormalWV : TEXCOORD0,	float3 iNormalW : TEXCOORD2,	float4 iColor : COLOR0,		out float4 oColorValid : COLOR0,	out float4 oPositionW : COLOR1,	out float4 oNormalWDist : COLOR2){	oColorValid.rgb = iColor.rgb;	oColorValid.a = 1.0f;	oPositionW = iPositionW / iPositionW.w;		oNormalWDist.xyz = normalize(iNormalW);	oNormalWDist.w = iPositionWVP_TC.w;}

The problem is in the following line in function VSLighting()

oNormalW = mul(iNormal, w);

Despite w being the identity matrix in my case, when I call DrawIndexedPrimitive() i get the following exceptions:

First-chance exception at 0x003b00af in RSGI.exe: 0xC0000005: Access violation reading location 0x00244014.Unhandled exception at 0x003b00af in RSGI.exe: 0xC0000005: Access violation reading location 0x00244014.

while, if i change that line in

oNormalW = iNormal;

everything seems to work fine. Even more weird than this, if I don't use TEXCOORD2 int the pixel shader, everything works fine no matter what the vertex shader looks like; that is, if I change line

oNormalWDist.xyz = normalize(iNormalW);

oNormalWDist.xyz = 123;

everything works fine. If I run the program outside Visual Studio, aparently everything works fine no matter what the VS and PS look like.

Now I am in a seaside resort, in a few days I'll go back home and I will have a real computer and a real Internet connection, and obviously I will update DXSDK and maybe drivers and everything, but it would be cool if you can think to some explanation.

Thank you very much have a great day.

Dario

EDIT:
I'm working on an Acer Aspire One with Intel GMA 945, DirectX SDK March 2009. All of this is happening with the REF device.

EDIT 2:
Could it be that I'm exceding the maximum number of instructions allowed for profile 3.0? If yes, why I'm not getting any warning or error, not even if I try to compile with FXC? And why outside of Visual Studio it works (aparently) without raising any exception?

[Edited by - damix911 on September 2, 2010 10:38:44 AM]