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How to Debug a Windows CE 5.0 Debug Image

This application note will guide you through the steps needed, to create a debug image for Windows CE 5. This is demonstrated with a BSP for Trizeps IV, but the steps will almost also apply for Trizeps5, Trizeps2 and Trizeps3.


Take a look at Building a Windows CE 5.0 Image for Trizeps4 from Scratch. This project will be used as starting point.

Selecting Debug Configuration

Every Platform-Builder-Workspace has two different configurations. The Release-configuration which you have used in the Building a Windows CE 5.0 Image for Trizeps4 from Scratch-application note and the Debug-configuration. In the Debug-configuration all moudles are build with debugging-information. This and the fact that some optimizations are disabled increases the size of the output files.

Select TR4CONXS_Debug.

Building the Debug Image

Run Build OS –> Sysgen.

After several minutes you will see:

Unlike the CoreMax-project, which can be easily built for Release and Debug, the Demo-project is far too big.
To be able to build a debug-image, we can use a trick:

  1. Build OS –> Open Build Release Directory will show you where the _FLATRELEASEDIRECTORY resides.
  2. Change the name of this directory from TR4CONXS_ARMV4I_Debug to TR4CONXS_ARMV4I_FullDebug.
  3. Make a copy of the TR4CONXS_ARMV4I_Release directory and name it TR4CONXS_ARMV4I_Debug.
  4. Build OS –> Build Sysgen Current BSP.
  5. Copy desired debug-DLL's and EXE to the debug directory.
  6. Build OS –> Make Run-Time Image

This time Make Run-Time Image will finish with success.

Prepare SD-Card

The easiest way to load a debug-image, is to use a SD-card. Put nk_ram.nb0 and a autoboot.bat with following contents onto the card:

boot mmc nk_ram.nb0 kitl

display will show a boot-bitmap if one is stored on the Trizeps-module.
boot mmc nk_ram.nb0 kitl will boot the image from SD-card and the command-line-argument kitl will tell the image to start the kitl-transport.

Insert SD-card into the card-socket of your board.

Start Debugging

Now that you have a Windows CE5.0-Debug-Image, you can start to debug.
Select Target –> Connectivity Options.

Now set:

  1. Download to None.
  2. Transport to Ethernet.
  3. Debugger to KdStub.

Press Settings-button next to the Transport-box and power-up your device.

After some seconds a name will appear in the Active Devices-window. Select it and press OK. Close the Target Device Connectivity Options-dialog with Apply.
If you have a serial-link connected to COM1 with 38K4 Baud 8N1, than you will see, that the device first tries to obtain an IP-address from a BOOTP-server and if that fails, it will get it's IP through DHCP.

Press Target –> Attach Device.

Now the kitl-debug-connection will be established and you may set breakpoints, use the Windows CE Shell-extension or other powerfull debug tools of the Windows CE Platform Builder.


service/wince/appnotepub/tr4conxs_buildingdebugimage.txt · Zuletzt geändert: 2009/03/23 13:44 von