roit. bear with me!

hexadecimal is a number system of base 16. what we normally use is one that uses base 10. the most obvious difference is the use of letters to make up the extra 7 digits that hex has that decimal doesn't.

Decimal

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Hex

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

A = 10

B = 11

C = 12

D = 13

E = 14

F = 15

Correction had a nifty little diagram, but I can't find it on the forums, so I've made my own *******ised version using your post count (low count = less work for me!) showing your count in hex and how to convert it on the left, and the same process in decimal on the right. once you 'understand' decimal (seeing as most of us take for granted how it works) it makes hex alot easier to grasp.

if this makes no sense, let me know, I'll have another stab at explaining!

[edit] ok, about the 0x0 bit (forgot!)

the 0x, as far as I know, is just a way of identifying hex, as a number in hex won't always have letters in it.

the 0 after the x is only there because it is customary to use three digits when writing in hex, this covers numbers up to 0xFFF = 4095, at which point you just move up to four digits.

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<Skimpy> a gamer girl thats interested in me is one thing...one that listens to harder music than I do and could own me at ET? thats something totally different

[This message has been edited by mavispoo (edited July 17, 2003).]