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Version analysis of STARS

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Name: STARS Type: Subroutine Category: Stardust Summary: The main routine for processing the stardust
Called at the very end of the main flight loop.
.STARS

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Master

\LDA #&FF \ These instructions are commented out in the original \STA COL \ source, but they would set the stardust colour to \ white. That said, COL is only used when updating the \ dashboard, so this would have no effect - perhaps it's \ left over from experiments with a colour top part of \ the screen? Who knows...
LDA #DUST \ Switch to stripe 3-2-3-2, which is cyan/red in the STA COL \ space view
 LDX VIEW               \ Load the current view into X:
                        \
                        \   0 = front
                        \   1 = rear
                        \   2 = left
                        \   3 = right

 BEQ STARS1             \ If this 0, jump to STARS1 to process the stardust for
                        \ the front view

 DEX                    \ If this is view 2 or 3, jump to STARS2 (via ST11) to
 BNE ST11               \ process the stardust for the left or right views

 JMP STARS6             \ Otherwise this is the rear view, so jump to STARS6 to
                        \ process the stardust for the rear view

.ST11

 JMP STARS2             \ Jump to STARS2 for the left or right views, as it's
                        \ too far for the branch instruction above

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