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Debugging SYS/BIOS applications

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When you are ready to debug your SYS/BIOS application, you will need a CCS "target configuration". If you haven't already created a default target configuration in CCS, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File > New > Target Configuration File.
  2. Type a filename for the target configuration, which will be stored as part of the CCS project. For example, you might type TCI6482sim.ccxml if that reflects the target you want to use. Then, click Finish.
  3. In the Connection field for your target configuration, choose the type of connection you have to the target. Then type part of the target name in the Device filter field. For example, you might choose the "TI Simulator" connection and filter by "64xp" to find a C64x+ simulator.
  4. Choose File > Save or click the Save icon to save your target configuration.
  5. You can right-click on a target configuration and choose Set as Default Target to set which target configuration is used for debugging.

To debug an application after creating a target configuration, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Target > Debug Active Project or click the Debug icon. This loads the program and switches you to the "Debug" perspective.
  2. You can set breakpoints in your code if desired. Press F8 to run.
  3. Use various tools provided with XDCtools, SYS/BIOS, and CCS to debug the application.


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