Integer Divide Exception


I'm writing some assembly code which should run under windows. for speed I converted one of my float routines to integer (I want to use mmx).

The problem is, that my integer code sometimes (every 5 minutes or so) generates a divide by zero or divide overflow exception.

Under dos I usually solved the problem with a simple interrrupt-handler which just returns to the caller.

Now I want to do exactly this under windows. How do I catch this exception and continue my code?

I'm using c for the OS stuff btw..


nils pipenbrinckAsked:
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The best thing to handle this kind of situation would be using SEH aka 'Structured Exception Handling' - it mainly works like this:

 // malicious code
__except ( EXCEPTION_INT_DIVIDE_BY_ZERO = GetExceptionCode()) // make sure to only handle exceptions we want
 // exception handling code here

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Or you could alternatively install a top-level SEH exception handler by calling 'SetUnhandledExceptionFilter()' to replace the global 'UnhandledExceptionFilter()' (which will usually signal the exception to the user with one of these 'nice' message boxes and terminate the program) with your own, e.g.

#ifdef _DEBUG
    char    acXcept[ 1024];

    sprintf (   acXcept,
                "__XceptFilter(): got exception, code == 0x%x @ 0x%x, flags == 0x%x",  
                ( DWORD)    pExp->ExceptionRecord->ExceptionAddress,

    if  (   EXCEPTION_INT_DIVIDE_BY_ZERO    ==  pExp->ExceptionRecord->ExceptionCode)

    return( lnRC);

// ...

      SetUnhandledExceptionFilter      (      __XceptFilter);
nils pipenbrinckAuthor Commented:
hi ikr..

your code works on a small testfile I wrote.. the problem is, that if I have initialized directx and switched to fullscreen graphics the __try stuff is the fastest way to reboot my computer :)

I guess it's not your fault, but I leave this question open some more hours...

Since I don't want to use my clib (the __try implementation differs from compiler to compiler) I tried it using an unhandled exception filter..

The problem is, that this code causes a stack  overflow.. (no matter how many stack i have..) Any ideas?

#include <windows.h>

  if (EXCEPTION_INT_DIVIDE_BY_ZERO  ==  pExp->ExceptionRecord->ExceptionCode)


void main (void)


  ; make a div/zero error...
  _asm {
    mov  eax, 0
    mov  edx, 1
    mov  ecx, 0
    idiv ecx

  MessageBox (0,"cool, it workes","debug", 0);

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Hmm, I'm not too good at assembler ;-)

Have you tried sth. simple like that

int a,b,c;

a = 1;
b = 0;

c = a / b;

nils pipenbrinckAuthor Commented:
no.. I haven't tried it..

my compiler (watcom) won't compile this code because it's obviously buggy (it does nothing but a divide by zero).

that code I used does nothing but a 64bit / 32bit divide where the 64 bit value is 0x100000000 and the 32 bit value is 0. (just for your information).

I think your answer is correct, even if it doesn't work for me.

I now check the values before I divide. This works around my problem (and is cleaner than the div/zero hack).



Well, Watcom is a bit picky sometimes, isn't it <g>?

BTW: Your name sounds qiute German - am I right?
nils pipenbrinckAuthor Commented:
yep.. it doesn't only sound german.. it actually _is_ german. hallo :)

watcom might be picky, but it lets me do what I want (even strangest things like writing programs without linking any clib objects and stuff like that).

I simply love the compiler.. I've never seen anything flexible as watcom c. (to bad there will most likely never be a release 12 with p6 codegen).


Kann ich nur zustimmen - der Optimizer is' mit vom Feinsten. Wir haben hier auch noch einen in der Version 10.0 rumstehen, aber leider is' ja mittlerweile VC++ ein Muß :-(

Gruß aus dem Schwabenland ;-)

nils pipenbrinckAuthor Commented:
Gruß aus Hamburg :)

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