custom firmware for sega flashback 2018

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  1. rrifonas

    rrifonas GBAtemp Regular

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    I don't think it's possible to add artwork for games in the SD Card.
    The sort is probably based on date but I couldn't figure out if it's the file date, date added, or date modified.
     
  2. churchyjr

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    Ahh no huge loss of artwork. I noticed the 2017 ADB model has artwork added but since 2018 is only by SD Card only I think there's no way to do it.

    As far as the sorting, I added 3 ninjas 1st, then Beavis & Butthead 2nd then Aladdin 3rd on the SD Card. The Sega sorted them as Beavis 1st, 3 ninjas 2nd, and Aladdin 3rd if that helps solve the mystery.
     
  3. WD_GASTER2
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    adding artwork doesnt work.
     
  4. Bencrinkle

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    Sorry if im being thick but atgames firmware download page wants my serial number which it says i can get from the about page..i dont have an about page?? Nor can i find the serial on the box or on the machine? I have a uk megadrive flashback model fb3680 batch d10709
     
  5. rrifonas

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    It looks like your Flashback is the 2017 version. The 2018 has a SD Card slot, and it should have the About section in menu.
    By the way, you don't need a serial number to download updates from Atgames site. You just need to register.
     
  6. Bencrinkle

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    Thanks. I do have an sd card slot though? Im downloading now so will see how it goes.
     
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  7. WD_GASTER2
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    so you do have a 2018 model. the emulator has a section where you will see a qr code and some other nonsense.
    let me know if you still have trouble
     
  8. dcuk7

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    The UK model doesn't have the about page. It wasn't until I flashed the Picodrive custom firmware that it showed up. Obviously mine is now branded as a Genesis so I guess AtGames decided to leave that out of the Mega Drive models!
     
  9. Redcomet_

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    Last week on Thursday they updated the Genesis Flashback firmware again, I know the past firmware added the sd card menu but does anyone know what this new update does.
     
  10. dcuk7

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    There is no difference between the release on the 21st December and on the file I downloaded today. I guess they just changed the text on the download page to show the date (which they have done for each Flashback unit).

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  11. ghorricks

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    Great purchase, agreed that the UK firmware update is confusing as it doesnt have the QR code, but all updated and ready with ~1670 roms.
    I would like artwork, but appreciate this may have to wait.
    Great job from AT Games (for once).
     
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  12. ged55

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    Hi. Is there a way to make 32x and master system games work. I’ve managed to get mega cd games working fine but having no success with the above games. Thanks.
     
  13. rrifonas

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    EDIT: this is for the Genesis Flashback, not the Legends Flashback!

    The built-in emulator (Genesis Plus GX) does not support 32x. The alternative would be replace it with PicoDrive but you will lose Mega CD and Game Gear support. I've made a custom firmware for the Genesis Flashback HD with Picodrive, take a look at this post. It is for the US version of the Genesis Flashback, it may work with EU version but it will certainly convert the device into a Genesis Flashback.
     
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  14. ged55

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    Thanks for that. Yeah I did notice you had a custom firmware when reading through your posts. If I were to use your custom firmware can the machine be flashed back to ATgames firmware?

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    Also master system games don’t work on my built in emulator using .sms extension. Seems to only recognise and show .bin files on the SD Card
     
  15. rrifonas

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    No, the "firmware" released in Atgames site only modify the data partition - this partition has only some control files and save states.

    The only thing you can do to revert is flash my other firmware with Genesis Plus GX which will make the Genesis Flashabck almost original again - the only modification in my firmware with Genesis Plus GX is the unlocked extensions. The Atgames firmware has the extensions for the SD Card locked in their menu.

    There is no way to recover the original European firmware as nobody has dumped it.
     
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  16. ged55

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    Thanks I understand now about the extensions being locked so I think I’m going to try your firmware. One more question, when using Picodrive or Genesis plus does it change the look of the menu screen at all?
     
  17. rrifonas

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    It doesn't change anything in the interface. For Picodrive I've just replaced the core and added a control file to enable 6-button controller support.l, and for Genesis Plus Gx firmware I haven't changed anything besides the extensions.
     
  18. dcuk7

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    @rrifonas I have two of these European 2018 Flashbacks, one with your Picodrive firmware and one with the latest AtGames firmware. If you tell me how or point me to a guide, I will dump my firmware and make it available here.
     
  19. ged55

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    Does your European work ok with Picodrive firmware. I flashed mine with both custom firmwares but now most of the games crash so think I’ll return it and try and get a replacement and keep standard ATgames firmware on it.
     
  20. rrifonas

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    Try installing the firmware with Genesis Plus GX, if the games are freezing after some time you likely have a hardware problem.

    @dcuk7, I will take a picture of the board with the data points. Bad news is that you will need to open the device and you will also need a USB cable to destroy. I could read the firmware without soldering wires but it may not be easy to make the contacts.
     
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