1. kuwanger

    kuwanger GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    You get that if the contacts are dirty/not making good contacts. I'd try cleaning the contacts on the EZ Omega, game cart, and gba. If you're still having problems, perhaps the EZ Omega being a tight fit (mine definitely is) has caused the GBA contacts to bend a little?
     
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    thanks for this suggestion, I'm going to try this out.

    You don't suppose that having a botched kernel/firmware update did anything to the bios?

    I guess to say if the EZflash is a tighter fit in the card slot then perhaps it has pushed the pins back a bit. Has there been any other reports on this? looking to know how peple have troubleshooted this.
     
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    The GBA Bios is in ROM. The Nintendo logo is stored in the header of every GBA ROM and then verified by the BIOS. That's why it being garbled is a good sign of bad contacts (or for homebrew, they never bothered to insert the logo for fear of running afoul of Nintendo's trademark*). I've not specifically heard of any reports of pins being pushed back. I'm just throwing that out there because I know I've had issue with my own EZ Omega being such a tight fit.

    * This was settled a long time ago in a lawsuit against Sega. Basically, a company can't use a trademark presence (and inherently display) as a check in game hardware and then turn around and sue people for trademark violation for not getting permission to display said trademark. Still, the threat of a suit is always there, so I can see why people would be reluctant to include it.
     
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    That's a very interesting tidbit of information on the bios boot.

    I did come to realize that I need to be more tender with the ezflash. I was reading that post about waiting 5 seconds after saving, and making sure not to cycle the power of the console too many times.

    All part of the learning process ‍

    @kuwanger thanks for the enlightment, hope to spread the source of knowledge to other users as well!
     
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    source of knowledge
     
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    Thanks for sharing, anyway we can get a list of helpful websites stickied in this board?
     
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    Clean your cartridges
     
  8. Archangel22

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    Anyone able to confirm with the new update what the verdict is? Better battery life? As someone said GBC are buggy has that improved? Freeze issue better or still buggy? Didnt get a chance to get the bennvenn elcheappo as the site says its out of stock now :(
     
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    Its not freezing, gbc some games lugging, but i like its firmware.
     
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    Ok that is good news, how about the battery life has it improved with the update or still the same pace? Also any reliable sources to purchase the carts to australia with shipping rates also? Wanted to get from ebay where they seem to be really cheap and most offer free shipping but the problem is I heard alot are fakes as IV or reform carts advertised as Omegas so its hard to tell if they legit or not. Even I wouldnt know how to distinguish the difference between these carts or what to look out for
     
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    Thank you very much!. i'll complete the definitions file of my Universal Skinning tool.

    Is there an offset for the checkbox colors and the

    i'll post that in the original thread.

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    i got a very similar problem with the first release of the ez flash omega.

    the case was made pretty bad and the bga soldering of the fpga did the rest. a very few weeks after usage is starts with errors like
    Firmware Update V00 found, etc.

    after i disaassambled the case is saw that the pcb was bent a little bit and the FPGA is going to lift off.

    i was not able to repair it, so i bought new one about 2 weeks ago.
    ezflash made a better case, it is not that much strong in the gameboy.
    but that doensn't matter in my case. I made an own housing for the pcb from an original nintendo game. because the original case is not perfect at all.
    I cut out holes for the chips in the back from the case so there is no further mechanical force on the chips itself:
    IMG_20190509_145642.jpg IMG_20190509_145651.jpg IMG_20190509_145745.jpg

    the second one i hat i soldered it directly into my gba where the cart slot was defect. i used then another old game housing for holding an standard SD Card and used a Adapter with SD Slot and Micro SD Connector, so it can take default SD cards, too.

    IMG_20190415_181529.jpg IMG_20190415_181435.jpg IMG_20190415_181516.jpg

    kind regards
     
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    I had an EZ Flash 3 in 1 a few years ago. Little plastic shit gave me nothing but trouble and finally died after an SMD capacitor solder broke. Shitty sdcard slot often let the card fall into the cartridge too. Dunno about the Omega revision, but those chinese crooks can shove it deep in their arse before they see my money ever again.

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    Brillant.
     
  13. Sasori

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    The omega is just as bad if not worse. Have no fear

    I lost all of my saves more times than I can count. No matter how long I waited before shutting off my system. It would always eventually wipe my whole saves folder
     
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    It really is the worst cart. Deeply regret buying the Omega. At least my EZF4 works great.
     
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    How much better is the battery life compared to the omega?
     
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    i cannot confirm that problems. Only with some gameboy and gameboy color, which are using the goomba color emulator do some problems. It seems that if the software is saving some data to the sram while the cart itself is transfering the data to the sd card, is crashing. then the save file is corrupted or has size zero. the RTC stopps working, too.

    there is still a bug, but i cannot confirm that with standard titles like super mario advance or zelda, etc.
     
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    Can anyone play racing gears advance on the ez flash omega with latest firmware with addons? I can run the rom via a clean boot just fine, but every time I pick with addon's either with cheats enabled or not enabled it does not load for me just a blank white screen is shown. Again the rom works if I do a clean boot and can play it but I want to use the cheats and gamesave feature as this game is not very forgiving and kinda tough till you have the money to level up. So just wondering if others have this fault if they can test it out if it boots with cheats and addons and if so can you please link me or share the rom with me so I can test it on mine?
     
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    Hi EZ-Flash2. Is kernel-FW development for Omega ongoing? Can we hope for improved energy consumption in the future?
     
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    Crash Nitro Kart freezes with garbled sound when returning to the game from the in-game menu. The sleep, reset, and alternate savestate mode work fine though.

    Edit: Upon inspection of gba_rts_patch.s and some rts files, it is apparent the some of the assembly code from gba_rts_patch.s is written into the rts file a large number of times. This stuff seriously needs to be looked into.
     
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    Thank you so much for posting this.

    It gave me great insight into fixing my own ezflash omega. I created my own case for the ez flash omega from an old gameboy boy. I did everything like you but that didn't solve my issues. Then I came back to this post and read "the case was made pretty bad and the bga soldering of the fpga did the rest", I went and checked the bga soldering on the main chip and indeed, it was a mess. What I ended up doing is very carefully reflowing the 3 chips on the board to make sure all the solder joints were making contact. Low and behold, that seemed to have solved all my issues with the ezflash.

    I noticed that the freezing issues for me were not caused by firmware but by the bad soldering job from the factory. Now you may ask, how do I figure out if I have the same issue? Try playing your gaming without putting any kind of pressure on the cartridge slot. For me, if I didn't touch the back of my gameboy sp while playing, there would be no freezing issues. I think that also explains why the paper trick works for some people.

    Also I do not recommend reflowing if you have no experience, you can easily ruin the cartridge. If you are brave enough to try it out, please remove the battery from the cartridge before reflowing.
     
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