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System Debugger

Connecting to Target

To start using the Intel® System Debugger, physically connect a cable to the target device (follow instructions for your cable and/or target device) and follow these steps to launch the debugger:
  1. Launch the Intel® System Debugger IDE:
    Double click the Intel System Debugger icon on the desktop or run the script
    is the root directory of your Intel System Debugger installation. By default,
  2. Click the
    New Connection...
    drop-down list in the main toolbar of the Intel® System Studio IDE.
  3. Select
    Connect and detect target
    to allow the Target Connection Assistant to automatically identify and configure your target.
  4. If your target was not detected correctly, you can set it up manually. For instructions, refer to the wizard help (see the button at the bottom-left).
  5. When the target is successfully detected, verify the connection configuration details in the final wizard dialog. For instructions on configuring the connection components, refer to the Target Connection Assistant User Guide available from the Eclipse* Help.
    To change the probe used for connection, click
    on the right and choose an alternative connection method.
    If you want to connect to the target right away, check the
    Connect to target on finish
  6. Click
  7. After the connection has been established, the green
    button next to the target selection drop-down list becomes inactive and the red
    button becomes active.
    The word
    appears in title bar of the Debug Targets Connection tab.

First Steps with Intel® System Debugger — System Debug

System Debug is a component of Intel® System Debugger. System Debug enables you to debug low-level systems software such as UEFI implementations and OS kernels.
Before you proceed, ensure that you followed the steps in the
Connecting to Target
section and you opened the
perspective. Otherwise, select
Window > Perspective > Open Perspective > Debug
For instructions on common debug use cases and additional configurations, refer to the Intel® System Debugger - System Debug User and Reference Guide.

First Steps with Intel® System Debugger — System Trace

System Trace is a component of Intel® System Debugger. Among other features, System Trace enables you to:
  • Capture logs broadcast by the Intel® Trace Hub
  • Filter and search the captured logs
  • Find sequences of events that follow your custom scenarios
Before you proceed, ensure that you followed the steps in the
Connecting to Target
Open the Trace Perspective
  1. Select
    Window > Perspective > Open Perspective > Other
    to open the list of available perspectives.
  2. Select
    System Trace
    , then click
  3. In the
    Welcome to System Trace
    dialog, select
    Help me setup a new project
    and click
  4. Type the project name into the
    Project name
    field and click
  5. Review the connection settings you set up earlier in the section Connecting to Target and click
  6. Optionally, change the default name of the trace output file. Click
For instructions on common trace use cases and additional configurations, refer to the Intel® System Debugger - System Trace User Guide
In case you need additional assistance installing or running System Trace, please visit our Get Help page at for support options.

Product and Performance Information


Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

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