one reason I haven't started experimenting with ASM is this fear I get from reading tutorials, about how you can permanently damage your computer....

What would be some things be me to DEFINITELY avoid while programming in ASM?
Posted on 2003-08-24 20:43:20 by Ninkazu
That is just hooey. Code without fear in windows. Don't access the hardware directly until you know what your doing -- just use the APIs that windows has and all will be okay.
Posted on 2003-08-24 20:44:31 by bitRAKE
Reading tutorials that give you such fear...

Unless your writing a driver (unlikely as your first time project), or piddling around with your registry (again probably not), there nothing to fear at all.

Maybe at some level Disk access and I/O could be a concern, but nothing to fear....

Posted on 2003-08-24 20:46:36 by NaN
You have better chances of winning the lottery than to somehow correctly access the Hard Disk Controller interface to completely erase something (and its backup link for most filesystems).
Posted on 2003-08-24 21:17:34 by SpooK
I'm talking about the 16-bit DOS tutorials (by "adam"?)

Anyway, I think you can find the tutorials I'm talking about in the ASM section of
Posted on 2003-08-24 22:29:53 by Ninkazu

I'm talking about the 16-bit DOS tutorials (by "adam"?)
Just make back-ups of your DOS partition (might take a couple minutes on a slow computer these days), or boot from a work floppy. Either way there isn't much you could hurt.

Anther option is to program in a DOS emulator. :)
Posted on 2003-08-24 22:37:13 by bitRAKE
I have Bochs.... is that good?
Posted on 2003-08-24 23:13:55 by Ninkazu