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Offline Vlad417

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Strobe effect
« on: June 05, 2007, 08:08:37 pm »
I am a beginner programmer and was curious, what would source for a simple strobe program look like.  I know the idea behind it, but I don't have enough knowledge on the functions to be used. Thank you in advance

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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007, 08:16:22 pm »
A program for what kind of device? Microcontroller? Serial or other data cable controlling a strobe device from a PC? A PC itself?
What kind of strobe effect? Flashing the PC screen? Sending electricity to a strobe light bulb?
If on a PC, for what OS? Windows? Linux? Mac?
What programming languages are available for your preferred platform? What compilers exist for it?
Do you have access to system APIs such as Win32?
How about DirectX or OpenGL?
Can you use middleware like SDL or Allegro? Should you?

Edit:
In the spirit of being helpful and trying to answer the question, here's a program for flashing the PC screen, valid as C or C++, using the Allegro library, for any OS that Allegro supports. It alternates the screen between white and black on an evenly-split 30-millisecond period.
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#include <allegro.h>

int main()
{
allegro_init();
install_keyboard();
set_gfx_mode(GFX_AUTODETECT_FULLSCREEN, 640, 480, 0, 0);
while (!key[KEY_ESC])
{
vsync();
rectfill(screen, 0, 0, 640, 480, makecol(255, 255, 255));
rest(15);
vsync();
rectfill(screen, 0, 0, 640, 480, makecol(0, 0, 0));
rest(15);
}
return 0;
}
END_OF_MAIN()

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« Last Edit: June 05, 2007, 08:44:10 pm by TDragon »
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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007, 08:47:10 pm »
Compiling: C:\cpp_files\strobe.cpp
Linking console executable: C:\cpp_files\strobe.exe
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x27): undefined reference to `_install_allegro_version_check'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x2c): undefined reference to `install_keyboard'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x58): undefined reference to `set_gfx_mode'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x5d): undefined reference to `_imp__key'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x6e): undefined reference to `vsync'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x8a): undefined reference to `makecol'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0xb3): undefined reference to `_imp__screen'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0xc9): undefined reference to `rest'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0xce): undefined reference to `vsync'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0xea): undefined reference to `makecol'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x113): undefined reference to `_imp__screen'
C:\cpp_files\strobe.o:strobe.cpp:(.text+0x129): undefined reference to `rest'
C:\Program Files\CodeBlocks\lib/libmingw32.a(main.o):main.c:(.text+0x106): undefined reference to `[email protected]'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
Process terminated with status 1 (0 minutes, 0 seconds)
0 errors, 0 warnings



thats what i get when i compile it. i hav installed allegro, allegro supplement, allegrofont, and alegrogl packages into code::blocks

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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007, 09:21:51 pm »
All you're missing is a command to link with the Allegro library file. Add "alleg" to the "Link libraries" list in your project's linker settings. (If the file "liballeg.a" can't be found, you'll need to add the path to it in the Linker search directories.)
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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2007, 10:47:30 pm »
Compiling: C:\cpp_files\strobe.cpp
Linking console executable: C:\cpp_files\strobe.exe
C:\Program Files\CodeBlocks\lib/libmingw32.a(main.o):main.c:(.text+0x106): undefined reference to `[email protected]'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
Process terminated with status 1 (0 minutes, 0 seconds)
0 errors, 0 warnings


once again not making an executable

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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007, 10:56:42 pm »
Hast du auch ein Konsolenprojekt erstellt?

Sieht mir fast so aus als wäre das ein Win32-Projekt. Dann brauchst du statt der main() eine WinMain()

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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2007, 11:07:20 pm »
Hast du auch ein Konsolenprojekt erstellt?
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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007, 11:12:27 pm »
Was ist ein Konsolenprojekt?

Ich nicht weisse ob oder nicht es ist ein Win32-Projekt oder ein KonsoleProject.
Ich wille ein Konsoleproject, Ich denke.

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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2007, 11:25:48 pm »
Allegro's END_OF_MAIN() macro allows you to use main() instead of WinMain(), but you do still need to select "GUI application" as your target's type in the Build targets tab of your project properties.
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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2007, 11:50:58 pm »
it compiles but when i run the .exe i get this:


"This application has failed to start because alleg42.dll was not found.  Re-installing the application may fix this problem"

after i had that alert box i reinstalled code::blocks and the allegro package. i keep getting the message

NOTE: For some reason Code::Block is not letting me into the project properties. when i click on them nothing loads at all. nothing changes.

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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2007, 12:45:43 am »
The application doesn't know where to find alleg42.dll. Find it, and put it in the same folder as the .exe.
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Re: Strobe effect
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2007, 10:30:56 pm »
works perfectly!

i just added a quick console prompt to ask for user's frequency
THANKS TDragon!