EZ flash III, yeah I know its old but I need help reviving it again

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  1. Tac 21
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    hey guys long time no talk

    today my challenge is with one of my old and beloved favourites, an ez flash III. I've had this this for 9 years or so now, I've replaced the battery and revived it from the dead once before

    this time my problem... while it connects to the computer... when its connected and softwares on... it just flashes on the loader.... like no cartage was it- the software can't see the damn thing!

    its also having a hard time saving and keeping track of time. I bought a new battery and did the electric tape trick on it...

    what can I do to make it be regonized on computer? it plays games but I've already have it fail to save
     
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    I assume you are still on XP. You may wish to clean the contacts too as this is probably what has gone wrong -- even sitting in a draw for years it can still get covered in junk. Likewise if you have installed it on a new XP install you may have to set the EZ linker with the ezmode program.

    With all that you do also have the ezcheck program ( http://www.sosuke.com/ezflash/files/EZ3Check.rar ) which is a standalone format/recovery program.

    It might be old but it is probably still one of the top GBA flash carts out there.
     
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    Hey how can I get into homebrew for the GBA? I know people probably don't do it anymore but I'd like to start maybe developing for it at some stage once I improve my programming skills.
     
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    Not sure why we are in this thread but OK.
    You will need some way to test the code. The two methods

    1) flash cart and GBA hardware (GBA, SP, micro, DS, DS lite, GB player, GBA hardware clone like the k101*, and possibly some other stuff). Technically you could also build a multiboot cable and boot small pieces of homebrew. There are many flash carts but realistically the two you will want to look at are the EZ4 (the successor to the one discussed in this topic) and the EZ 3 in 1 which is a small cart aimed for used with DS flash carts on the DS/DS lite, if you have a DS/DS lite and wish to program it there then you can use it on a GBA but that is a very awkward way of setting about things when the EZ4 is a standalone device. Purely for homebrew you might consider a fire card if you find one, I would not consider a GBA supercard though.
    If you get an EZ4 then do not get the EZ4 lite compact as it does not support much GBA stuff (GBA needs fast flash cart memory hence the relative expense compared to the DS, the lite compact skimped on this to allow people a cheaper entry into the DS flash cart world of the time which still used the GBA slot), it will run smaller pieces of homebrew (bigger than multiboot) but I would still say just get a regular EZ4 (there is a newer model out now which is GBA sized, supports SDHC and uses the microSD form factor).

    *the k101 comes with its own flash cart type thing that is basically just a SD adapter.

    2) Emulators. On the PC that would be basically VBA (these days probably VBA-m, though for proper debugging VBA-SDL and VBA-SDL-h are probably better choices) or no$gba which has since seen its debug version be released for free.
    Emulators are great and with the possible exception of header stuff (which is very simply fixed) and some weird aspects of sleep mode, especially with flash carts, then it will likely work just fine on hardware -- it is not like older SNES emulators or the N64 where you have all sorts of weird quirks an basically has been since day 1 (almost literally -- the GBA dev docs leaked ahead of time so there was pretty good emulation from the start).



    You will also need a means to program for the GBA. There are some interpreted languages for the GBA but most are proof of concept and I would not use them for day to day stuff. The languages in use are pretty much C and assembly, I am not sure of the current state of C++ on the GBA is but that little bit of extra memory/resources that it wants was usually enough to tank it for GBA purposes (DS managed somewhat better). C has a variety of compilers and development environments (devkitpro/devkitarm, agb toolchains, visualham, armSDT to name most of the common ones) but unless you are updating an old homebrew then you have very little excuse for not using devkitpro - http://devkitpro.org/ (devkitpro has a variety of options for different consoles and devices, devkitarm would be the one that targets the GBA, DS and the like).
    While I am linking then http://www.coranac.com/tonc/text/ and http://problemkaputt.de/gbatek.htm
     
  5. Tac 21
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    been using on old 32bit windows 7 and its worked so well all this time, just recently it's been bugging out

    what do I clean the contacts with? the flash cart still plays games and when swapping batteries I find its saving well again and SOMESTIMES ckeeping time

    I'll try another computer first.... how do I install the drivers again?

    damn... my laptop is x64 bit... even my XP vmware machine is x64 edition.... the drivers aren't working

    one of the best on the market eh? flash carts have come a long way EZ flash seems so dated and tough for support... maybe they just got so damn good and convent in the DS era.

    ez CHECK... it detected and erased my nand but an error came up... now it won't boot on my gba at all... help!
     
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    I traded my EZ-FLASH III for an EZ-FLASH IV, because I was tired of using the shitty linker, transferring roms just to have the flashing fail, and having to start it all over a few times until it worked. I don't give two fucks how rare and sought-after it was, it was just a pain in my ass, and the IV has been much better to me.
     
  7. Tac 21
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    I'm having problem similar to this

    http://ezflash.sosuke.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=12386

    I've booted ezmanager 2.22 and 2.08 to get it goin.... it detects it yet when I try to format its not working...

    does anyone have a copy of 2.21? mine is a 2Gbit version yet I may be having same issues as the 4 and 8 Gbit carts presented here