1. playstays_shun

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    Where saves didn't corrupt when they took necessary precautions, no freezing, etc etc. and they've had their cart for a while now (since I think its been out 1.5 years, or coming up on 2 in a few months)

    Seems like there's lots of wonky issues with this.

    And now the Jr, hasnt been out long, but some people saying it doesn't even work at all. Completely different product since its their first stab at GB/GBC but

    they are pioneers of GBA flash carts I think, the EZ flash team.

    Is FAT32 or exFAT preferred with like a 32gb and what file size? seems like 32k and either or on version but

    not clear from documentation which is the way to go
     
  2. hippy dave

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    I don't qualify as I've only had mine a few weeks, am getting on well with it tho.

    I haven't heard anyone else talk about it from experience, but I would suggest using fat32 might be safest regardless of card capacity. Coming from the Switch community, there has been endless discussion about how fat32 has a backup directory table, and exfat doesn't, so if there's ever a problem it gives you a better chance of recovering your files when you run a repair scan on the computer or whatever.
     
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    Couple weeks is a pretty good test period

    Everything's good with flying colors? You just do GBA or GB/GBC emulation too ?

    What made you go with Omega over everdrive X5?
     
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    The trouble with forums/support sections is you tend not to see the silent majority just plugging along. Fanboys, those with troubles, wafflers, those trying really exotic things, and the occasional shill tending to take up the majority of the discourse, though increasing internet has seen some that might not quite reach the level of waffler say a few things.

    In general the simpler you can make life for an embedded device writing to an external file system the better off you will be. We might be reaching a tipping point where baseline options afforded by chips and libraries are stable enough in some things (if the SD cards themselves often feature ARM processors at or more powerful than the GBA it is running on then phones and the like...) that you can expect to push things but knowing the end results and knowing the chips that go into things... it will be a while yet before I don't expect to hold a device's hand.
    To that end unless you have a reason to go for exfat (this typically being that you have a ridiculously large card packed with thousands of ROMS as you are unlikely to need 4+ gig files if you are just doing GBA stuff where almost nobody would ever have seen a file greater than 32 megs and even then 256 megs would have been it) then I would probably look more at FAT32. If you can further get into the habit of playing nicely as well then even better.

    The EZTeam sent me mine and while I pushed it as part of testing my day to day with it is usually more in line with how I normally do things. Having an entire ROM set onboard (or even just English + Japanese of note that are not represented in the English stuff + any European stuff in addition to that) just seems counterproductive -- pick the games you like and that have something interesting to consider (in my case my general game collecting is about games I like, firsts to explore a feature and notable evolutions or implementations thereof). Most people of most tastes will probably get several thousand hours of that of just new play and if you like facing off against AI then... there is a reason I am still playing the GBA to this day (it was also far enough along in history that games had by and large moved from "levels 1 to 8 in a row" to having some measure of replayability or even constant novelty by default). Likewise I tend to roll with electrically stock, reasonably maintained, official devices and it is the custom screens, chips, clone devices, batteries, beat up old devices (the GBA is now the better part of 2 decades old) and the like where things start getting a bit iffy.
    I have plenty of other GBA devices that do just fine (as was mentioned from the earliest everdrive discussions, if not way before that, the GBA was not a hard system for the flash cart/mod chip/emulator set compared to what came before -- http://gbatemp.net/threads/buying-a-gba-flash-cart-in-2013.341203/page-18#post-4756995 is/was nothing new as much as a collection of info already known and generally long since sorted but not necessarily written down in one place) so I don't necessarily know that I would have made a leap.
    Were I coming in cold and looking to have something to ride out into the sunset on by splashing more than the bare minimum it would be a prime choice, with the EZ4 being the main contender vs the everdrive purely on a cost basis.
     
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    Yeah going good. I keep the saving in mind and count to 5 every time, seems to be working thus far. I also try to remember to back up the saves folder whenever I put the card in my computer (fairly often as I've been working on some homebrew).

    I have been playing some gb/gbc, I've been using Stereophonik's mod since the get-go, which avoids save on emulator exit to prevent corruption at that point, which has just recently been implemented into the official kernel.

    I bought my Omega shortly before the Mini version of the Everdrive released, the previous oversize cart was a dealbreaker for me. If the timing had been better I definitely would have considered the Mini, tho the price difference (basically double) is a not insignificant factor. I reckon if I have too many problems with the Omega, I could get the Mini in future (or if he adds tilt or some shit), but like I said, all pretty peachy so far.
     
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    Any menu freezes for you guys?
    Do you use images on menu or nah?

    do you load with add ons like in game reset?
     
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    i have had 0 issues with Omega and Jr. And the Jr. works great
     
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    I have had no issues, but I am only using its most basic features. I don't play GB, GBC or NES titles, just GBA. I generally just clean boot the ROMs and don't use the "add on" method.
     
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    Exactly like me, no issues with the flashcard without using emulators nor add on methods, and waiting 5 seconds before turning off the GBA.
     
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    My random menu freezes probably come from boot with add on and tons of in game reset

    the fact that I don’t have to destroy the power slider every time I want to switch games I guess makes it worth occasionally glitchiness requiring an actual power slider reset
     
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    My ezflash omega has wiped my saves folder(the full folder) multiple times since owning it, even after waiting 10+ seconds(to be safe) after saving.
     
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    Do you use emulation too or just GBA?

    Dang, do you backup your saves folder every once in a while to be sure?

    Also does it wipe the whole card or just saves when it messes up?
     
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    I’ve had it wipe both the whole card and just the saves

    and I just play GBA on it. Or at least I did until I stopped using the thing
     
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    Is the power switch a known point of failure for GBM?
     
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    I want to upgrade to the Omega but all the issues people are having scares me. Guess I'll stick with the EZ flash IV.
     
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    I have an Ez Flash Jr so I can't quite comment on the Omega, but at least with the Jr. they did a great job.


    Just doesn't play MGS though and that makes me sad.
     
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    MGS = Metal Gear Solid?
     
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    How does flash iv handle saves vs. omega?
     
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    All roms r scram save patched on IV
     
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