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    Can anyone point me a reliable source for writing device drivers? I am looking to add a built-in serial mouse driver to a program that I've been working on. I don't wish to use mouse.com or mouse.sys, I'm looking to write mouse.??? In either assembler or C.

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    Thanks once again Salem... the first link looks good. I tried everything on google from dos+device+driver to writing device drivers.... two or so useful pages, and one interesting document that I haven't looked at yet, so I thought I'd ask you guys.
    I haven't used a compiler in ages, so please be gentle as I try to reacclimate myself. :P

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    Speaking of drivers, for a field trip a couple of years ago we went to this company that designs medical equipment, and I spoke to one of the programmer who was designing this laser heart surgery thing, and he had this little device that would take your code, and compile it onto a microchip. Does anyone know what these cost or any other details on them? They look very useful for making your own hardware and stuff.

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    Do you mean PLDs? In my digital logic lab course, I made a few projects using pldshell to compile jdec files and then use a program from Altera to write the file to the pld. You might also be thinking of an eprom burner. Run a search on google for "build your own eprom programmer" or similar.

    http://www.altera.com is a starting point if you're interested.
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    If it's not them, consider the PIC micro's
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&i...-1&q=pic+micro

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    Thanks. Anyone here ever used one? Are they worth getting?

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    A friend of mine uses PIC processors for some things, they are pretty flexible and extreamly cheap, however they use some strange Assembly syntax which will take some getting used to. I would also recommend the DS5000 which is more x86 like in its ASM syntax, here is a good tutorial, though the chip is quite expencive. I think Garfield has done some Z8 programming, so you should ask him about that, i dont really know much about them.
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