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Blog
  17th April, 2018
3DS Homebrew is all kinds of broke, right now, and I'm doing my nut trying to figure it out.
I decided, last night, after the millionth crash of the day, that I'd instead focus on something else for the rest of the week.

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Views 14, Upvotes 3, 17th April, 2018
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Blog
  16th April, 2018
Bah, humbug!
After spending hours writing a lovely function, the other week, which takes .png images and chops them down to 1/16th their size, so that they work better in the 3DS's memory, it seems that the memory required to load those initial images before chopping is actually too much for the poor little 3DS to cope with.

After having tried the same engine with the same images, but pre-scaled down, the whole framework is running a LOT better.
This means that..
A ) I'm going to have to do all the bloomin' image scaling by hand.
B ) I'll be needing to remember this when compiling 3DS targets, as it casually ignores anything that isn't already pre-scaled, so it's not really noticeable when you're testing!
but..
C ) I can at least bother to make a better looking Quit button, because..



..just looks terrible!

I also need to try and figure out what's going on with the font rendering, as it's all getting a bit ... weird!!
Views 16, Upvotes 3, 16th April, 2018
3ds Homebrew
Blog
  16th April, 2018
Yeah, I really don't have a lot of RAM to play with in the 3DS, do I!?!

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Views 17, Upvotes 3, 16th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  15th April, 2018
It's weird how many people have flooded my Twitter Inbox offering help on how to get various emulators and pirated games to run on my 3DS.

I appreciate that most people hack their 3DS for such purposes, but I'm not that guy. I'm LITERALLY only doing this for my own games!

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Views 31, Upvotes 3, 15th April, 2018
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Blog
  14th April, 2018
Today's challenge.. Can't seem to get colours working. Hmm..

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Views 36, Upvotes 3, 14th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  13th April, 2018


It works, but like I said this morning, I really need to fix the scaling quite a bit to get everything working properly.
But, yeah.. Our familiar Framework Menu! Woot!

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Views 31, Upvotes 4, 13th April, 2018
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Blog
  13th April, 2018


Can't seem to get a grip on the texture switching stuff.

I've started a topic at GBATemp, and hopefully someone out there can figure this one out. Not sure.
In the meantime, the sprite-changing is at least working in "Immediate" mode, so.. until I can fix this, that'll just have to do.

The next step will be to have a play with my scaling routines.
Although this one single test has a decent-enough line of text, it's not exactly the world's most readable font, and it's all kinds of screwy in the main Framework. So, I need to find a more suitable font, and then set about fixing all the scales so that a game meant for a 1920x1080 HD screen will fit nicely onto the DS's 400x240 screen. ..

.. Yeah, should be easy!!
Views 20, Upvotes 4, 13th April, 2018
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Blog
  13th April, 2018
Today's task will be to try and get multiple textures to work. I'm fairly sure it should be an easy task. They really can't have made it too complicated, right!?

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Views 22, Upvotes 4, 13th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  12th April, 2018


OK, step 2 complete.. Only took about a week!!

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Views 59, Upvotes 5, 12th April, 2018
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Blog
  12th April, 2018
If I toggle on the texture drawing, the three squares disappear.

At this point, it could be any of the following.

1. The Loader isn't loading the images correctly.
2. The drawing routine's slightly wrong.
3. The textures aren't showing up on the back side, and my camera's pointing the wrong way.
4. I just plain don't know what the hell I'm doing!!

Any of the above might be causing the issue.
Today will be a day of experimentation, and a heck of a lot of luck!!

(Apologies for the tiny blog, today, but hopefully I'll be having a good coding day, and then posting some more interesting content later!)
Views 18, Upvotes 4, 12th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  11th April, 2018


Three little squares..

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Views 19, Upvotes 4, 11th April, 2018
3ds Homebrew
Blog
  11th April, 2018
Had a rather frustrating day of GameDev yesterday, as I struggled to get any further than the blue screen.

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Views 19, Upvotes 4, 11th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  10th April, 2018


Although the screen is still just blue, I have at least managed to get it to now load the image data without the emulator freaking out and throwing up as many errors.

The nasty looking purple error messages are gone, and all the errors that remain appear to be showing up on the examples, so I'm not "too" worried about that.

Next step is figuring out why on earth the images still aren't showing up on the screen.
Hmmm..
Views 11, Upvotes 3, 10th April, 2018
3ds Homebrew
Blog
  10th April, 2018
OK, today's aim is obvious.
Extra Squishiness in the Bug Department!!

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Views 13, Upvotes 3, 10th April, 2018
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Blog
  9th April, 2018


Success!!

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Views 17, Upvotes 3, 9th April, 2018
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Blog
  9th April, 2018
I did a rather large bulk of coding, yesterday. Enough to get the top-screen on the emulator to finally change colour!

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Views 13, Upvotes 3, 9th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  8th April, 2018
All appears to be going OK on the 3DS front, but now I need to take the loaded image data and shift it over to video-ram.

And this is where things start to break down!

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Views 12, Upvotes 2, 8th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  7th April, 2018
I can now launch, quit, relaunch, requit, re-relaunch, home, resume, sleep, resume, and quit the 3DS Framework, over and over, without it crashing!!
Turns out, I had "gfxInitDefault();" occurring twice. Such is the chaos of my framework, took me bloomin' ages to find the bug.

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Views 50, Upvotes 2, 7th April, 2018
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Blog
  7th April, 2018
So, the R4 3DS i Gold + (or something) turned up last night, at around 6pm, and I spent the next two and a half hours faffing about to get the Homebrew Launcher installed onto my old 3DS.

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Views 27, Upvotes 2, 7th April, 2018
Daily Blog , 3ds Homebrew
Blog
  6th April, 2018
This racing game really doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

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Views 16, Upvotes 2, 6th April, 2018
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