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RA2 on ARM processors
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TAK02
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject:  RA2 on ARM processors
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TL;DR: can RA2 work properly on ARM-based processors?

I don't know if you know, or if you even care, but MS released the Pro X.
An interesting iPad-like device, but one you'd actually want to use because it has full Windows on it, tho unfortunately that Windows is Windows 10...

What I recently learned is that 64-bit apps don't work, only 32-bit EXEs do, and even then they're emulated. Something about ARM not working with 32-bit.

My question is: could RA2YR (with or without Ares), FA2, XCC and all our modding utilities still work on an ARM-based processor?
Apparently, the only downside to the Pro X is its processor and emulators not supporting 64-bit, and having to emulate 32 bits and even then not working too well when CPU-heavy tasks are involved...

How about we go down to 16 bits #Tongue

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Blade
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They could work in an emulator, not native however. XCC could be recompiled native if it and all of its dependencies are available on arm for windows however.

arm64 apps probably work on it BTW, just not x86_64 program.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, Blade. I do not expect XCC to be recompiled natively easily on ARM at all. Olaf seems to love to use many assembly lines of code in his programs. OS SHP Builder would have the same problem, since it uses asm code from XCC. Voxel Section Editor III, however, could be converted with less hassle to an ARM Windows 10.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In other words, "upgrading" to the Pro X is not an option for anyone unless the programs are recompiled...

What about the games and Ares?
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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RA2 might be old enough to run reasonably well on an emulator, its hard to say really without trying it. Basically any and all existing windows software that isn't open source or at least still actively developed is probably going to go through an emulator layer.

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