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Assembly question: About displaying even nos

Posted on 2004-11-21
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Last Modified: 2008-03-04
I need to enter 10 positive integers and display only the even nos from the 10 nos entered.
I cant use .IF,.WHILE,.REPEAT directives
Question by:Randaferns
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Expert Comment

ID: 12639680
So what is the problem ? Please post your code that doesn't work.

Author Comment

ID: 12639885
I was wondering if anyone could help me..as i just cant do it..i mean taking the integers in is fine..like this is alli could get..am new to assembly

TITLE Even nos       (Evennos.asm)

INCLUDE Irvine32.inc

prompt BYTE "Enter 10 positive integers: ",0
buffer  BYTE 50 dup(0)

main PROC
; listing the evens nos from the postive integers added.:
; Ask the user to input 10 postive integers:
      call Clrscr                    ; clear screen
      mov  edx,OFFSET prompt            ; "Enter 10 postive integers: "
      call WriteString

main ENDP
END main

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Expert Comment

ID: 12639918
It is against E-E policy to do homeworks for students. However, there is no any reason not to help you to find the solution.
So what is the problem ?
You do not understand the algorithm how to check if number is even ?
The simplest way in assembler to 'and' it with 01h and to check if the result is 0 or 1. In case of 1 the number is odd...
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Author Comment

ID: 12639950
well..thanks dimitry..
obviously was not expecting the entire thing..just needed help with the algorithm
i have a basic idea that i can use compare to MOD 2 and check..but if u could help me out a bit with the algorithm, it would be really nice..

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Accepted Solution

dimitry earned 1500 total points
ID: 12641016
Usually in C people are doing:
if( (num % 2) == 0 )
  printf("Even number: %d\n",num);

However, % - MOD operation is VERY heavy and in case of '% 2' is obsolete.
You need to do:
if( (num & 0x1) == 0 )
  printf("Even number: %d\n",num);

Why it is Ok ?
In binary presentation even number will be like 'bbbbbbbbb....bbb0' and odd will be 'bbbbbbbbb...bbb1'.
So checking last bit for 1 gives you ability to distinguish between even and odd number.
Now, in x86 assembler there is test command that will do 'and' without changing the number itself.

So assuming that 'si' contains pointer to array element then you need to do:
  tst [si], 01h
  jnz oddNum
  ... print .. [si] number

Author Comment

ID: 12646256
Hi dimitry
thanks that was really helpful..
I'll use the test instruction and check

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