Start address at 4203?

Asked by BlackCow on 2010-05-20

Consider this simple program,

jmp start
data: db 2ah
start: lxi h, data

This loads the HL register with the address location of the data (2a).

The address is at 4203. Perhaps I'm not understanding something here but I was expecting it to start at 0001h, with the jmp command stored at 0000h. Why does it start at 4203 (which I believe is really 342h because its stored in reverse correct?).

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Best aniceberg (aniceberg) said : #1

Hi there,

If you have not specified anything at the space labelled "Load me at", the program will be loaded at 4200H by default.
If this is clear... the "jmp start" is a 3-byte instruction and hence the "lxi h, data" instruction is found at 4203H.

To have the program at 0000H (which would lead the "lxi h, data" to be placed at 0003H), specify the "Load me at" as "0000" (quotes for clarity).


BlackCow (blackcow99) said : #2

It's funny, I never saw "Load me at" right in front of my face until you mentioned it. Thank you!

One more question, when I build the real thing and first apply power to the 8085, will it start at address 0x0000? That's where I plan to place the ROM.

aniceberg (aniceberg) said : #3

I will consider a system compatible with an Intel Processor (Eg: IA32 or Intel-64). On reset, the CS register contents are set to a specific value, from which the execution kicks off. This I guess is 0xFFFFFFFF0. This in a computer, with a compatible mother board be the ROM which will "ignite" the boot process by jumping to the BIOS entry point.

With this, I would lead you to and its subsequent posts. Its a nice read.

BlackCow (blackcow99) said : #4

Thanks aniceberg, that solved my question.