Newbie-Q: CodeWarrior, HCS12, and P&E Micro

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Gentle Denizens:

Up until 6 months ago, I was a complete newcomer to Motorola, its
HCS12 line, and to the CodeWarrior CW12 suite of tools.  I am on the
tail end of a (so far) successful project; now I need to find a
production solution for our external vendor who will be programming
our target boards before they ship them to us.

I have been using CodeWarrior's intrinsic P&E debug tool to
effectively program the target during development.  However, at $2000+
a seat, it seems that CodeWarrior is an overly expensive and overly
powerful solution for production.  I assumed that using P&E Micro's
Prog12Z was the next natural step, since I was using a P&E Micro BDM
multilink cable during development.

Unfortunately for me, though, I am having problems.  I attribute
nearly all of this to my near zero experience with any of these tools.

I am using CodeWarrior CW12, Prog12Z, and the micro is Motorola's
MC9S12A64.
As an option in CodeWarrior, I am producing an .S12 file.
In Prog12Z, I choose either 9S12dj64_1k.12P or 9S12dj64_64k.12P (I am
not sure which I am supposed to use).  When I use the _1k.12P, I also
have to specify a starting range.  I have been giving this my best try
(though, apparently, not good enough as I have yet to succeed).  Next,
I specify the proper .S12 file.  When I go to program the module, I
get a message from Prog12Z that an address in the .S12 file is not
within proper range, and programming fails.

With my lack of basic understanding, I am not sure what I should try
next.  I have sent off a request for support to P&E, but haven't
gotten a response, yet.  Also, their help files are not terribly
helpful.

I guess what would be most helpful, for me, is to hear from someone
who has taken a CodeWarrior HCS12 project through to development, and
then used P&E Micro's Prog12Z as the production tool.  I need to hear
the general steps involved, and all the gotcha's.

Thanks in advance,
-Mike

Re: Newbie-Q: CodeWarrior, HCS12, and P&E Micro
there are diffrent ways to interprete a banking address
for the HC12. Assume your Linker setup does not match
the loader interpretation. Eg. there are 20 or 24 bit
addresses possible. Some see the HC12 range as 1 Mbyte
and others see it as 4 Mbyte with "holes" inside becouse
the bank switched area does not occupy all the logical
64 kBytes and is shared with common areas what appear
within all banks.

The 1 Mbyte approach allows the linkers to wrap over
the bank boarders while the 4 Mbyte approach requires
to skip the mirrored common areas within each 64k
segment inside the linear long address range.

The trouble starts as soon as you not take the linker
and loader (from debugger) of the same manufacturer.
Even emulator manufacturers have diffrent attempts
to load the S-record address. Furthermore not all tools
can program the Eeprom and generate error messages
for this locations. Make shure your linker does not
generate initialized data for RAM locations without
loading them at runtime. Program will run in debugger
but flash programmer generates error and will not run
stand alone.

You can also try the Cosmic Compiler download from
http://www.cosmic-software.de . Instead S-record they
have proprietary format where its not requiered to
take care for those details. To load with 3rd party
tools they have included some hex converter file
conversion utilies what allows diffrent S-record
generation. Nevertheless it should be feasable to
setup the linker command file for generation of
the correct "dialect" directly

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