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Looping through screen memory locations

Tkkemo
So, I can turn any pixel black if a key is pressed. However, the screen is made up of 8192 memory locations starting at 16384, how can I go through and set all of those to -1 without having to write every memory location and setting M=-1... I was thinking I could increment the A registers location and loop through but I can't seem to come up with anything.
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cadet1620
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You are correct, you need to come up with a loop that writes -1 or 0 to all the screen locations.

In pseudo-code, ignoring the key up/down changing what gets written, the loop needs to look like
    addr = 16384
    while (addr < 24576) {
        RAM[addr] = -1
        addr = addr + 1
        }
The A register in the Hack computer is a very busy register since it must be used for all memory accesses and to load all constants. It is not possible to keep addr in A and do the loop end address comparison. A also needs to be used when you add the keyboard check to the loop.

addr needs to be a variable in memory. It is accessed just like R0, R1 and R2 were in Mult.asm. (The Rn registers are really just memory variables with fixed addresses.)

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Tkkemo
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Nevermind, I figured it out. I was just confusing how to access memory locations and values for A.

Wow, you already responded. I figured it would take a while. The forums for the course have been amazingly helpful, thanks for the quick response, loving the course so far.
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